Meeting Times and Locations


WBA meets in Seattle on the first Wednesday of each month except June through August. Meetings start at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00. The first fifteen minutes are used for social reception and viewing of displays. Seattle meetings are held at the Center for Urban Horticulture at 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle. See map at the bottom of this page.


WBA meets in Spokane on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 6:00 and end at 7:30. They are held at the Corbin Art Center, 
507 W. 7th Ave (this is the building just below Marycliff off Stevens Avenue), Spokane.  See map at the bottom of this page.


Meetings are available for members to attend using Zoom from where ever they may be. 
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If you want to phone in instead of joining online, here’s the number 1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) Meeting ID: 426 629 8613.

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March 20 – Spokane 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – “How to Photograph Butterflies, Moths, & Other Insects”

Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204

Jeanne Dammarrell, Carl Barrentine, and John Baumann team up to offer three perspectives on photography of butterflies and moths. They will chat about their preferred gear, methods, software and field locations in the hopes that many more area naturalists will be inspired to try their hands and lenses at lepidoptera photography! Jeanne’s and Carl’s photos have been extensively published in field resources in print and online.

March 25 – Seattle – Scarab’s Meeting – “Washington’s Humble Bumbles, Part 2”
by David Jennings (WBA President)

Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle

The CWC (Center for Wildlife Conservation) building is at the south end of Woodland Park Zoo’s Penguin Parking Lot, off Phinney Ave. N just north of N 55th St. Parking is free for us, despite the sign.

This talk is a follow-up presentation to one David presented about 18 months back. There will be discussion around western Washington bumble field ID, plus an expanded section on declines in our native pollinator populations, and also globally for insects as a whole.

Across the US there are about 48 species of bumble bees. In practice, ID proves much more challenging than it may appear. Not only do other insects try to look like bumble bees but different species of bumble bees in a given area tend to look like each other. To add more complexity, a given species may have as many as 17 different phenotypes. Bumbles also serve as a great gateway into our native bees and other pollinators.

Learn them, love them, protect them! Come learn about our native bumble bees, their behavior, ecology and related conservation issues. A major focus will be ID tips for some of our more common species. There will also be more detail around Xerces Society’s PNW Bumble Bee Atlas: the objectives, sampling protocols and how to get involved.

David Jennings has an academic background in wildlife ecology and conservation. David’s conservation focus is on our native pollinators. He has spent much of the last five summers crossing our state stalking Washington’s wild bumble bees. David was part of a team that recently documented a new resident species of native Bumble bee in Washington state. He currently has submitted more bumble bee sighting to Xerces’ Bumble Bee Watch than anyone in the US.

As always, all are welcome at our meetings, whether members or not. (Dues paying ( ) members get a newsletter by postal mail).

April 3 – Seattle 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm -“Butterflies and Garden Habitat” with Julie O’Donald

Center for Urban Horticulture- 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA

Wednesday, April 10, Seattle: TBA

April 17 – Spokane 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm “A Dichotomous Key for Identification of the Blues of Washington” with David Droppers

Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204

David Droppers is coming from Walla Walla to present an update of his program “A Dichotomous Key for Identification of the Blues of Washington”, in which all the species of the several genera of Washington’s Polyommatini tribe are described in vivid live photos and specimen photos. David is a long time member of WBA and the Lepidopterist Society, and has taught classes and done extensive field work on western butterflies

May 1 – Seattle 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – “Pollinators on Washington Department of Transportation Rights-of-way” with Kelly McAllister

Center for Urban Horticulture- 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA


Kelly McAllister is an Olympia native, descended from some of the earliest residents of Washington State, native Americans, a Hudson’s Bay Company employee and white settlers. He attended college at the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. After three months in the Gulf of Alaska as a foreign fisheries observer aboard Japanese trawlers, Kelly landed a job with Washington State, in the newly formed Nongame Program of the Washington Department of Game. Kelly stayed with the agency as it went through a couple of name changes and he went from a rare species database biologist to an endangered species recovery biologist to a District Wildlife Biologist. After 26 years at the state fish and wildlife agency, Kelly joined the Washington Department of Transportation’s Fish and Wildlife Program, first as the agency’s Habitat Connectivity Biologist and now as its Fish and Wildlife Program Manager. Kelly is married and has a son, a daughter, three grandchildren, a miniature Australian Shepherd, and an Appaloosa horse.

May 15 – Spokane 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm –
Bob Pyle’s Big Year in Washington 

Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204  

The renowned lepidopterist Dr. Robert M Pyle, PhD, visits Spokane! None other than the founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and much published writer in the science and lore of butterflies and Bigfoot, a poet and now novelist, Bob Pyle will talk to us about some of his recent writing and field experience. Further details will be announced. Don’t miss this one!

Maps and Directions

Directions to
Center for Urban Horticulture

From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit, and head east on 45th Street. Pass through the University District, and down the hill past University Village Shopping Center. Turn right at Mary Gates Memorial Drive, which becomes NE 41st Street. The Center for Urban Horticulture is on the right just as the road turns.

From SR 520/Lake Washington Floating Bridge: Exit at Lake Washington Blvd, and go right, following Montlake Blvd past Husky Stadium. Go right at NE 45th Street, past University Village Shopping Center. Turn right at Mary Gates Memorial Drive, which becomes NE 41st Street. The Center for Urban Horticulture is on the right just as the road turns.

Location of Corbin Art Center in Spokane

Location of Corbin Art Center