12/11 – Pacific Northwest Lepidopterists Workshop

Hello NorWestLep folks,

Apologies if you already received this.  As many of you know, for over 30 years lepidopterists from around the PNW and beyond have met annually in the vicinity of Corvallis to socialize, share information about butterflies/moths and discuss new developments in lepidopteran biology, evolution, conservation and much more.
 
We knew in 2019 that hosting this year’s meeting would be a challenge as the museum has just moved out of Cordley Hall into a temporary space nearby as the initial stages of renovating Cordley Hall has begun (we will move back in 2 years into a modern collection space!).  But, we had no idea back then how Covid-19 would hit – making any meeting impossible.
 
So, this year we are going to plan a smaller virtual Pacific Northwest Lepidopterists Workshop via Zoom.  This will be shorter (3-4hr) and more informal than our typical meetings, but we hope it will provide a way for our local community to engage with each other and share stories from the last year and plans for 2021.
 
More details will be announced soon – but we are planning to host the meeting on FRIDAY DECEMBER 11th.
 
If you want more details, a reminder or a program closer to the date, please register for the meeting here:
 
 
Thanks, feel free to share with others you think might like attending.
 
-Chris (on behalf of Paul Hammond, Jon Shepard and Dana Ross)
 
Dr. Christopher Marshall, Curator
Oregon State Arthropod Collection
OSU Department of Integrative Biology
Corvallis OR, 97331
ph: 541 737 4349
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11/4 – Seattle Meeting – 7 pm Dr. Sean Ryan “How genetics and citizen science can help us understand insect ecology and evolution in a changing world”

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pcu2rrDotEtHIVvEUkGtXYJL2PE-uVP5W
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dr. Sean Ryan will discuss the Pieris Project, a Citizen Science project that tells the story of how Pieris rapae, the common Cabbage White Butterfly, spread from its home in eastern Europe throughout the rest of the world, and how humans aided that spread. Dr. Ryan and his colleagues use historical data and genetic data collected by citizen scientists, to document how this invasive agricultural pest has traveled along human trade routes to invade western Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. This work is important to understanding the mechanics of invasion biology and potentially to better management of negative impacts from invasive species.

https://www.pierisproject.org/

Dr. Ryan will discuss his research exploring the silver lining of anthropogenic disturbances. It features stories of invasion, conspiring with Russians, the potential breakdown of borders, and the recruitment of a worldwide network of citizens united to monitor one of Hitler’s former allies. Starring Papilio glaucusPapilio canadensis, and Pieris rapae.

Come for the intrigue, stay for the science.

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10/21 – Spokane Meeting – 6 pm “Migration Biology and Conservation of the Monarch in the Western US” Dr. David James

 

Over the past eight years we have learned a great deal about monarchs in the Pacific Northwest, particularly details of their migration.  The WSU-PNW Monarch tagging Program has resulted in the tagging of 29,143 butterflies since 2012, the majority of which were reared by citizen scientists in Washington, Idaho and Oregon as well as inmates at the Washington State Penitentiary.  This presentation will provide details of the outcomes from this work and the current status of our knowledge of this remarkable and iconic insect in the western US.  Information on the ongoing decline of monarch populations in the west and conservation strategies to combat it, will also be presented.

Dr. David G. James PhD, is a Washington State University entomologist with more than 40 years experience with monarchs in Australia and the United States. He has published 25 scientific papers on monarch biology, which was also the subject of his PhD thesis. He is currently conducting an extensive research program on monarchs in the Pacific Northwest including a program with Washington State Penitentiary involving inmate rearing of monarchs for migration research. 

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: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuGoqDwjH9MpUmC3tdTVhPhJdPEeYtq5

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

WBA hopes to see you all there!!!

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10/7 – Seattle Meeting – 7 pm “Native Pollinators: Garden and Habitat Restoration” by Julie O’Donald

Julie O'Donald

Explore the world of native bees. Learn about the landscape practices they depend on and their preferred native plants. This program will show the steps needed to convert lawn into habitat while adding vibrant color and visual interest to your garden.

Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward, Julie O’Donald, will share photos featuring native bees and the flowers that attract them. She will describe how to create a garden where pollinators thrive and will explain ways to incorporate flowering shrubs and wildflowers into the landscape. Landscape features that promote healthy pollinator populations and provide nest sites will also be discussed.

Julie’s personal certified wildlife habitat garden contains over 200 species of native plants and has been successfully attracting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects for more than 25 years. It has been featured in Pacific Horticulture, The Butterfly Gardener, Bird Watching Magazine and Sunset publications. In 2012 and 2013, the rare Western bumble bee was found in Julie’s pollinator garden.

Active in community educational outreach, Julie volunteers for the Washington Native Plant Society, the Washington Butterfly Association, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and the National Wildlife Federation.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpduirrT8jH9NUDGgdWe0YtSF45PawsYnK 

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

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The Dark Divide, Official Trailer – News from Bob Pyle

Dear Folks,

Just to let you know the Official Trailer for the movie was released today, and I think it is extremely well done. It’s getting lots of raves. My publisher at Counterpoint, for one, said: “This is an honestly terrific trailer!!” It gives just a hint of how brilliant David Cross, Debra Messing (a truly remarkable Thea), and the other cast members really are.

You can watch it here on You Tube:

or here on Facebook:

or from the film’s website:

darkdividefilm.com

For me, the full-screen option works on the You Tube link, but not on the Facebook one.

The movie actually comes out at last on September 18, in lots of theaters, drive-ins, and virtual theaters around the country, and on-line through the website only. If you sign up at the website  you should receive announcements. Florence and I are going to get to see it on the Big Screen that night at the Columbian Theater in Astoria, where it is playing three nights. It’s been a long, winding, and  difficult road for Tom Putnam, the amazing Director etc., since the original release date in April!

After the long wait for all of us, this is pretty exciting! I hope you’ll all have a chance to see it one way or another. Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer.

Salud!

Bob

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