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.

WBA meets in Spokane on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Meetings start at 6:00 and end at 7:30.
Spokane meetings are held at the Downtown Spokane Public Library Branch, Room 1B, 906 W. Main Street, Spokane, WA

Zoom

Meetings are available for members to attend using Zoom from where ever they may be. 
To use Zoom, go to https://zoom.us/j/4266298613
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.

Please don’t login prior to the meeting time. If you can’t reach us, try a few minutes later. 

May 16 – Spokane – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Jon Pelham – Basic Butterfly Biology

At Downtown Spokane Public Library Branch, Room 1B, 906 W. Main Street, Spokane, WA

The Spokane chapter of WBA enthusiastically welcomes its own scientific advisor and internationally recognized lepidopterist, Jonathan Pelham, to speak with us about “Basic Butterfly Biology”.  Jon is curator of UW Burke Museum’s extensive arthropod collection. He is an enthusiastic speaker, an excellent field biologist and has authored and co-authored numerous publications on butterflies, including the taxonomic “Catalog of North American Butterflies” and several recent articles in the Journal of the Lepidopterist’s Society. He is currently at work developing an extensive, searchable and detailed mapping system for all verified sightings of Washington State’s 150+ butterfly species. Our keen local butterfly observers may be invited to share some of their own sightings for this new system. Please came and learn how butterflies live, about how to conserve them, and what you can do to get your own observations into the record!

September 5 – Seattle Meeting – “Share the Wealth”

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

Always an entertaining, fun and educational program. Bring your photos to share with us for education, entertainment or identification. Everyone works together to make this fun. 

Bring photos in digital, slide or printed form to be identified or just shared. This informal meeting gives members a chance to get to know each other better. All levels of photography and butterflying are encouraged and appreciated.

October 3 – Seattle Meeting – “Wasps” Dr. Hans Kelstrup

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

Dr. Hans Kelstrup will tell us about “Solitary wasps and the search for queens and workers:  A step toward casts in social insects.”

November 7 – Seattle Meeting – “Island Marble” Dr. Amy Lambert 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlfie website: Island Marble Butterfly (Euchloe ausonides insulanus) 

The Island Marble, a beautiful white butterfly with green ‘marbling’ on the underside of the wings, was discovered by early Canadian lepidopterists (butterfly specialists) in 1861 on Vancouver Island and it was last seen in 1908 on nearby Gabriola Island. No one saw it again for 90 years. It had never been found in the United States. In 1998, zoologist John Fleckenstein of the Washington Department of Natural Resources collected a butterfly at American Camp on the south end of San Juan Island. He was intrigued; he didn’t know what it was. It looked like a species of marble butterfly, but they were not known to occur in western Washington. It was only after he took the specimen to experts that the Island Marble, a butterfly believed to be extinct for almost 100 years, was correctly identified and officially “re-discovered.”

The excitement of this discovery brought Canadian and American lepidopterists to San Juan Island to survey for and study the Island Marble. After hundreds of surveys at potential locations in the San Juans, Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, Olympic Peninsula, and northern coastal Puget Sound, only a few small populations were found on San Juan and Lopez Islands. Because of its rarity and small population numbers, the governments of British Columbia, Washington, and the United States have identified it as a species of conservation concern.

 

December 5 – Seattle Meeting – “High School Entomology” Jim Reed

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

Join veteran science teacher, Jim Reed, as he shares his experience in teaching high school entomology.    Jim has been teaching for 42 years and is still the high school science department for remote Klickitat High School.   He has developed an interest in butterflies and other insects and as his passion grew, he has been able to share his interest with his students.
 
Spend an evening with Jim as he shares what he has for challenges and the rewards of his unique class.  While Jim is a Board Member for the Washington Butterfly Association and appreciates its non-collecting stance,  he has been developing some non-collecting ideas so that all students can decide for themselves whether to develop a collection, add to the school collection or to be a butterfly advocate in a non-collecting forum.
 
Jim will be presenting from his home in Klickitat over the internet.

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.