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

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkc-yopz8iH9DkqTxErfeScqefeo368feD

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)

Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkc-yopz8iH9DkqTxErfeScqefeo368feD

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

Jon Pelham in the Field and in the Library
Jon Pelham in the Field and in the Library
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1/20 – Spokane Meeting 6 pm – David Droppers “Butterflies of the Deep, Dark Woods”

“Butterflies of the Deep, Dark Woods – Finding Butterflies Where Few Have Looked” with David Droppers

Date: Wednesday, January 20th 
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Where: Via Zoom – please register for this event by clicking here: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-yuqToiHdNnbSh1u0a8zkNxyRt-J4x5 

David Droppers Looking for Butterflies
David Droppers Looking for Butterflies

This meeting will be with WBA’s very own David Droppers who has been combing the relatively unexplored Mountain Loop Highway in Snohomish County for butterflies. That’s right, the cold, wet, dark, coniferous woods of western Washington! What could he possibly hope to find there? Allow David to introduce you to the Mountain Loop Highway, it’s enchanting trails, and the many surprises he has made. It may just inspire you to create your own butterfly survey!

David teaches courses on topics from birds to butterflies to trees to microorganisms for a variety of groups, including college biology courses and non-profit environmental groups. He has put his expertise to work for the National Park Service, Forest Service, University of Washington, and Woodland Park Zoo, among many others. He is ecstatic about sharing his passion for the natural world with others who wish to learn. His enthusiasm is said to be contagious!

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/tZMrc-yuqToiHdNnbSh1u0a8zkNxyRt-J4x5

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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2/25 – Seattle Audubon Butterfly Gardening Class with David Droppers – 7-8:30 pm

Butterfly Gardening with David Droppers

Thursday, February 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm
David will enthusiastically introduce you to the world of butterflies, and how inviting them into your backyard will reveal how they are connected to a number of other species of urban and suburban wildlife. Not only will participants learn about what plants to include in their garden to attract butterflies, but they will get a glimpse into butterfly biology – how they see the world, what additional resources they need, all centered on how to design your garden for maximum attraction. And remember, this is complementary to inviting birds to your yard – think of it as gardening for bird food! Watch your garden come alive with bloom and wings!

And, here’s the link for registering:https://my.seattleaudubon.org/event/online-class-butterfly-gardening-with-david-droppers/e318734

There are 4 levels–$15 for the Sustainer level; $10 for Supporter Level 1; $5 for Supporter Level 2; and free if those are more than you can pay.  It’s an honor system–no one asks any questions about your choice. 

You can sign up now 🐝

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