Our 2018 Annual Study Weekend will again feature a silent auction before the dinner on Saturday evening.
We need you to make the auction a success. The first thing you can do is donate new items to be auctioned. Popular items in the past were handmade scarves, artwork, and personalized butterfly field trips. If you know a craft or skill you might make a butterfly-related item for the auction, or offer your services.
Businesses are often willing to make a modest donation for the goodwill and tax deduction. I asked a business, and it was easier than you’d think—a modest donation is a routine thing for many businesses. Emphasize the marketing potential of having their name put in front of our members from all over the state. If you want to ask a business for a donation, they may want a donation request form for tax purposes—we can provide a form if you need one.
Let us know what you plan to donate before June 30 if possible, then bring your item to the conference. It’s much better if we know ahead of time what the items are. If you can’t make it to the conference, we’ll make other arrangements for your item. There will be people available to take your item in Seattle, Spokane, and Olympia.
And remember—the most important thing you can do for the auction is bring your cash (or checkbook) to the conference and bid!
If you have questions or want to make a donation, please contact me.
WBA members are invited to join us on a field trip to the Umatilla National Forest on Saturday June 23 to try and find a butterfly that was last seen there 48 years ago on June 21 1970! Boloria Bellona, the Meadow Fritillary was seen on that date by Edward Pfeiler, but has not been reported in the Blue Mountains since that time. Not many lepidopterists visit the Blue Mountains and it is entirely possible that a small colony still exists there. Mr Pfeiler was good enough to publish his observations from June 21 1970, so we know exactly where he saw Bellona and that is where we will start our search.
The Blue Mountains are home to many other cool butterflies including Ediths Copper, the Great Basin Fritillary, Mountain Parnassians and many others so even if we don’t find Bellona there’ll be plenty to see. The wildflowers and views are gorgeous too!
If you are interested in joining us please email me at email@example.com. There are campgrounds in the forest and accommodation at the nearby towns of Pomeroy and Dayton.
Here is a link to the story that appeared in yesterday’s Everett Herald.
Naturalist taking inventory of Snohomish County butterflies
To sign up, contact John Baumann firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Meadow, Bonner County, Idaho, a lesser fritillary and spring butterfly extravaganza.
Spokane’s chapter of the Washington Butterfly Association invites you to learn how to identify the rare Meadow Fritillary on a field trip learning experience this coming June 9. Meet John Baumann at the Safeway supermarket parking lot in Newport, Washington at 9 AM, where we shall proceed in carpools a further 45 minutes to the Big Meadows site on the edge of Bonner County, Idaho. We will spend most of the day, so bring yourself a lunch, plenty of water and some bug dope to repel mosquitoes. This habitat is home to a variety of other species of butterfly that we seldom see in our area, including the Cedar Hairstreak, Atlantis Fritillary, the Long Dash Skipper and Peck’s Skipper.
June 2 – Rocky Ford Field Trip, Lincoln County – Difficulty Level 3
To sign up, contact David James email@example.com.
Field trip to Rocky Ford in Lincoln County (near ghost town of Tokio) to see Silver-bordered fritillaries (SBF) and their habitat. This is the nearest location to Moxee Bog that SBF exists and study of this population and habitat will be important to restoration of SBF at Moxee Bog.
Spokane’s chapter of the Washington Butterfly Association excited to invite our friends and members to join us in confirming the existence of an unusual scab land colony of the Silver Bordered Fritillary in Lincoln County this coming Saturday, June 2. Our group will be meeting a group from Yakima, led by Dr. David James, to document the presence of this very uncommon butterfly species and the quality of its habitat. A number of other interesting butterfly species may be present as well, including the Ruddy Copper, Callippe Fritillary, and a tiny gem, the Columbia Blue.
You may meet our group at the Flying J truck stop on Interstate 90 west of town at the exit for Geiger Boulevard at 9:00 AM. Persons further west of town may meet our group at approximately 10:00 AM at the Templin’s Country Corner at the intersection of Interstate 90 and Danekas Road. We will drive along the Harrington-Tokio Road to Crab Creek to arrive at the BLM site at about 10:30 AM to meet Dr. James’ group.