3/17 Zoom Meeting at 6 pm – David Jennings: Bumble Bees of Washington State

Great news!

We have a WBA meeting coming up, so mark your calendars!

Date: Wednesday, March 17th 

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Via Zoom – please register for this event by clicking here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcuCqrzwtE9yw0DdWAGOKAIQglDomykwf

 

Bumble Bees of Washington State

Come join us for this very exciting and interesting presentation by David Jennings.  He will be presenting information on the bumble bees of our state.  He is knowledgeable on bumble bee biology, ecology and identification. For the past several summers he has traveled Washington photographing bumble bees as a citizen scientist collecting data for Xerces’ Bumble Bee Watch program. David used this past summer’s restriction on field work to share what he learned by constructing a website focused on our bumble bees.  A major focus of the website is “how to ID that bumble bee”.  It also contains information on gardening, conservation and other resources.

David has an academic background in wildlife ecology and conservation and is a former Fish and Wildlife Commissioner. He serves as vice president of the Washington Butterfly Association and on the Black Hills Audubon Society’s conservation committee.

Learn them, respect them, protect them!

Just a few things about zoom and the upcoming meeting:

1) Participants will be muted upon entering the meeting so please keep yourselves muted during the meeting unless you are talking just to keep outside noise levels down

2) Please register in advance for this meeting you can do this by clicking the link below or the same link at the top of the email:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qcuCqrzwtE9yw0DdWAGOKAIQglDomykwf

After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

WBA hopes to see you all there!!!

Sincerely,

Mary

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3/3 – Seattle Meeting 7 pm – Dr Susan Waters “Pollinators, Native Prairies, and Conservation”

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Restoration of Puget Trough/Willamette Valley prairies has been highly successful in reestablishing native plant communities that look beautiful and diverse to a human eye. Yet we still have relatively little understanding of how pollinators respond to restoration. This is an important gap in conservation science, since our prairies host a number of rare species, including native plants that depend on pollinators for successful reproduction. Our program uses plant-pollinator networks to examine the effects of restoration on pollinating insect communities and the interactions that feed back to affect rare plant and insect species.

Susan Waters is the founder and senior research ecologist at Quamash EcoResearch (www.quamasheco.com). Her research focuses on plant-pollinator community dynamics in Cascadia prairies. Susan’s training is in pollination ecology and plant community ecology, with an emphasis on species interactions under climate change. She earned her doctorate at the University of Washington, where her research focused on native-exotic plant interactions mediated by pollinators, and the effects of phenological shifting on those interactions.  She currently studies how prairie plant-pollinator networks change as sites undergo restoration and as native plant populations rebound.

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2/17 – Spokane Meeting 6 pm – Wool Carder Bees with Dr. Gary Chang

Great news!

We have a WBA meeting coming up, so mark your calendars!

Date: Wednesday, February 17th 

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Via Zoom – please register for this event by clicking here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcuqurDktGdyPR7OASOLau0gaH9l50BaB

Wool Carder Bee
Wool Carder Bee

Wool Carder Bees: A Non-Native Interference Competitor for Local Native Pollinators

Spokane’s chapter of the Washington Butterfly Association welcomes Gonzaga University’s biology professor Dr. Gary Chang on Wednesday, February 17th, when he will present a summary of his recent field studies on local incursions of a non-native bee, the Wool Carder Bee: “Wool Carder Bees: A Non-Native Interference Competitor for Local Native Pollinators”.  This bee species has rapidly spread through broad areas of North America as an immigrant species from Europe. 

Dr Gary Chang
Dr Gary Chang

Professor Chang teaches ecology, entomology, and pollinator conservation, and is the author and co-author of numerous research articles. He has followed our local WBA group since its inception, and is a strong supporter of citizen science, as may be seen by his contributions to iNaturalist identification of not only insects, but plants, mammals, reptiles and other life forms. Please join us for a look at some of his latest field work on local insect populations!

So far we have plans for monthly meetings on the following dates:

March 17, 2021 – David Jennings will be presenting on bees

April 21, 2021 – TBA

May 19, 2021 – Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium will be doing a presentation on bugs!

Just a few things about zoom and the upcoming meeting:

1) Participants will be muted upon entering the meeting so please keep yourselves muted during the meeting unless you are talking just to keep outside noise levels down

2) Please register in advance for this meeting you can do this by clicking the link below or the same link at the top of the post:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcuqurDktGdyPR7OASOLau0gaH9l50BaB
After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.

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A Word from Our WBA President

2/7/2021 – Hello All Butterfly Enthusiasts!  It seems the Washington Butterfly Association Winter Party/Christmas Social via Zoom was remarkably successful this year, despite having to social distance thus using the internet to get everyone together.  It allowed people to attend that are not located in or near Seattle or Olympia.  We had wonderful discussions with experts, amateurs, nature enthusiasts, etc.  I wanted to thank everyone for coming to this event and I hope everyone had a great time as I did!  Please take a moment to renew your Washington Butterfly Association dues if your renewal time is upon you and maybe make a little donation to our wonderful organization!  You can do this right here on the WBA website or mail in a check to the address provided in the membership/donation tab.  If you are not currently a member please consider becoming one as we are a 501(c)(3) organization that works off the membership income as well as the annual butterfly weekend we have every year but that was unfortunately postponed because of COVID.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

Mary – WBA President

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2/3 – Seattle Meeting 7 pm – ‘Butterfly Biology: Anatomy and Phylogeny’ with Jon Pelham

Jon Pelham teaches ‘Intermediate Butterfly Biology:  Anatomy and Phylogeny

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Jon Pelham at LepSoc 2019
Jon Pelham at LepSoc 2019 wearing his Washington Butterfly Association T-Shirt

Jonathan Pelham will give a talk titled ‘Intermediate Butterfly Biology:  Anatomy and Phylogeny’.  

The focus will be on recent research in both topics.  New research on ‘wing hearts’ and their role in circulation and thermoregulation, as well as on reproductive organs and strategies, are changing classical views of butterfly biology.  Jon will provide an overview of butterfly biology, highlighting some of the new discoveries.  He’ll also discuss how molecular biology is causing reconsideration of morphological assessments of lepidoptera species classification.  

Thermal camera and visible photos of a hickory hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorus) basking in the sun. Because of their small thermal capacity, the wings can overheat rapidly.

You are invited to the Zoom meeting.
When: Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Jon Pelham in the Field and in the Library
Jon Pelham in the Field and in the Library
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