5/1 at 6 pm – Washington Butterfly Conservation Updates with Julie Combs, Ross Winton, and Regina Johnson

“Washington Butterfly Conservation Updates and Observational Reporting Methods”

Summary: This talk is a collaborative presentation by Julie Combs and Ross Winton of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and our own WBA Treasurer and G’num editor Regina Johnson.  

You can watch this presentation at:
https://youtu.be/04JIsTuYemo

Julie and Ross are the leads for WDFW butterfly projects and they will share highlights of ongoing projects for some of Washington State’s butterfly Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN).  They will discuss current work in the field and lab to understand distribution, abundance, genetics, and threat factors impacting our declining butterflies. They will also discuss the importance of reporting at-risk butterfly species using WDFW’s user-friendly reporting App https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk and walk through the user friendly Survey123 online form. 

Regina will spend 15-20 minutes re-introducing WBA members to the iNaturalist WA State Butterflies Project page (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/washington-state-butterflies) and walk through how to report all butterflies – common to rare – using this community science reporting application aimed at documenting distributional patterns and the ecology of butterflies in Washington State.