Feb 15  Spokane

6:00 pm –
7:30 pm

Jeanne Dammarell – please join us the evening of Wednesday, February 15th at the downtown library to see Jeanne Dammarell’s vivid, razor sharp images of butterflies that she has sighted in Spokane County and neighboring areas.  I would credit her with getting me excited about Lincoln County’s unique butterfly localities, which no doubt will figure in her show.  Many of the featured sightings have in fact documented species occurrence records for butterflies not previously seen in these areas, the data for which are now being included in  an update of Bob Pyle’s butterfly field guide coming out soon!  She is an excellent story teller besides.

Location: Downtown Public Library Branch, room 1B, 906 W. Main, Spokane, WA
See you there!


 March 1 Seattle 7:00 pm –
9:00 pm

Dave Nunnallee on South Pacific Islands

This presentation will take us on a self-guided natural history trip on a big cruise line.

How is this possible? The trick is in picking a good cruise, one which is inexpensive but which makes lots of port stops in remote locations which are normally difficult and expensive to reach on your own. And of course organizing your own shore excursions to make the best of your experience is important. Join us on March 1st as we search for butterflies, exotic plants and tropical birds in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia, deep in the southwest Pacific.

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

 Apr 5 Seattle 7:00 pm –
9:00 pm

John Pelham

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

 May 3 Seattle 7:00 pm –
9:00 pm

David James – “Butterfly Boom or Bust: The Ecology of Irruptions”

Some butterfly species show a peculiar ‘boom or bust’ population ecology.  They are either present in large or overwhelming numbers or are extremely rare or absent. In the Pacific Northwest we have 6 or 7 species which show this characteristic (eg Painted lady, California Tortoiseshell, Pine white).  The reasons behind this strange strategy or behavior have not been researched and are largely unknown for most species.  However, we can develop reasonable hypotheses for the abundance or absence of some species and this talk will explore some of these in the Pacific Northwest.

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

Ellensburg   Annual Conference