Ann and Alan’s first of the year Echo Azure

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March 6th, 2015, (just a few mins. ago) my husband Alan Richards and I were delighted to view our first-of-the-year Echo Azure (Celastrina echo), a brilliant blue male, in our yard here in Naselle, Pacific County, Washington.  Hooray!
Ann Musche’
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Where to buy close focus binoculars

When you are watching butterflies through binoculars, you really need to use ones that have close focusing. I bought mine thru Seattle Audubon. I can focus my bins on my toes. They are also excellent for bird watching.

The Seattle Audubon Nature ShopVictoryFL 2

Optics Closeouts 
Selected Zeiss, Vortex, and Pentax binoculars
Starts March 28
Limited to stock on hand.

Call The Nature Shop (206-523-4483) for details.

Public Celebration of Recent Renovation
Come tour and celebrate the recent renovations of the Seattle Audubon offices

and Nature Shop. Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be cake!

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Early Butterfly Sightings – 3/3

WBA Noticeline

Sorry if I missed some reports when my computer was down. Keep sending them in to the WBA address – Idie

Stewart Wechsler – While all of the butterflies that I sighted earlier in the season, were likely the same individual Satyr Anglewing at Lincoln Park, I thought I would report that I saw 2 butterflies on yesterday’s beautiful sunny day,(Feb, 23rd).  Both in West Seattle, one, fairly clearly another Satyr Anglewing, along the Longfellow Creek Trail, just south of Camp Long and the West Seattle Golf Course, and then, on the edge of the West Duwamish Greenbelt, I saw a different orange Nymphalinid, that I can’t say for sure, was a Satyr Anglewing, having only gotten a quick glimpse.  If they were equally likely, my first guess would have been a California Tortoiseshell, but the Satyr Anglewing was much more likely, and it wasn’t a good look, but it was another butterfly, and my third butterfly for the season!

Maureen Traxler – I saw a butterfly at the beach in West Seattle on Sunday.the 25th of Jan.  I only saw the shape, but other people I was with said it was orange with black spots.  It was likely a California tortoiseshell.

Ben Mous – On the morning of February 28, in the woods behind our house in Issaquah, I saw 2 Mourning Cloaks and a Satyr Comma, which looked very fresh. I also spotted several Bumble bees.

Lois & Dave Hagen (from the Eugene, Oregon chapter of NABA) – We saw three species on the trip to the Oregon coast: Anise Swallowtail, Mylitta Crescent, and blue sp. (it would not stop moving).

Bob Pyle – First butterfly of the year at Swede Park, Gray’s River, Wahkiakum County:March 1, noon: fresh female Echo Azure (Celastrina echo), nectaring on heather (Erica cinerea). Many other pollinators out on the heather and on white spiraea, including bumblebees, honeybees, vespulid wasps, hover flies, bee flies, and several other dipterans and hymenopterans, as well as the early diurnal geometrids Enchoria  lacteata and Mesoleuca gratulata.

Regina Johnson – I spotted an Echo Azure today March 2 in Littlerock (southern Thurston county).


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WBA no longer part of NABA

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WBA has a new website

WBA is leaving the sponsorship of the North America Butterfly Association which means that we now have our own independent chapter and website.

This is our first post.

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