Until further notice all Washington Butterfly Association meetings will be held online using Zoom. They will require pre-registration. See the meeting description below for a link to the invite.

After registering you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting. A reminder will be sent to you on the day of the meeting usually a couple hours before it starts.

Most meetings will be recorded so that others can view at a more convenient time.

Wednesday – April 6 – 6 pm – Dr. David James – “The Reports of the Death of the Monarch are Greatly Exaggerated”

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Fifty-two years ago, just a few weeks before the very first Earth Day, David started his butterfly conservation career.  He wrote to his local newspaper imploring the town council to stop cutting down stinging nettles!  Nettles are the food for caterpillars of Peacock and Tortoiseshell butterflies!  This led to an interview and feature article in the newspaper where 15-year-old David talked of the need to conserve British butterflies.

A university degree in Zoology followed as well as a career as an agricultural entomologist with New South Wales Department of Agriculture and Washington State University, but David never forgot his butterfly roots. He researched Australian Monarch biology for his PhD and published many studies on butterfly biology and conservation in Australia and the Pacific Northwest.  As one of the Daves in Dave Squared, he co-authored the ‘magisterial’ (according to David Attenborough) “Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies”, then wrote “The Book of Caterpillars”.  He is currently working on the “Lives of Butterflies” to be published in 2023.

Talk Outline:

David will present an overview of western monarch population dynamics and ecology focusing on the past five years.  Based on his knowledge of Monarch biology and ecology that stretches across two continents and four decades, David will provide a holistic explanation of the recent decline (and increase) and the reasons why monarchs and their migration will persist in the west for decades to come.

Wednesday – May 4 – 6 pm – Jon Pelham – “History of butterfly studies in North America”

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History of butterfly studies in North America – with a brief review of the history of butterfly study in Europe and the evolution of butterfly books and field guides

The history of the “amateur naturalist” will be briefly addressed with an emphasis on how the tradition migrated to the New World. The evolution of the “lay scientist” as exemplified by butterfly study will be documented with commentary on the personalities of those who contributed. The various “butterfly books” and the eventual production of field guides will be discussed.