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The Washington Butterfly Association is dedicated to
the enjoyment, conservation and understanding of butterflies
and their ecology through education and scientific understanding.

PO Box 31317
Seattle, WA 98103

WBA meets at 7:00 pm the first Wednesday of every month
except June through August
at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.
Please join us.

Dress is casual.


Robert Hardwick April 6, 1942 - September 4, 2014

Sadly, we have lost a long time member of WBA.

Robert Hardwick (Bob) Age 72, passed away unexpectedly at home in his sleep on September 4, 2014.

Born in Bellingham on April 6, 1942, he resided in Gig Harbor for the last 25 years. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1960, received his Bachelor's of Education from WWU in 1964 and received his Masters of Education from University of North Carolina in 1970.

Bob exuded joy and enthusiasm and made people feel at ease with his friendly, vibrant, and outgoing nature. He had a love for teaching, and taught science classes at Stadium High School for 27 years.

The study of butterflies was his focus. He wrote a book, The Butterflies of Washington, a compilation of his lifetime of study and the first of its kind with color photographs and descriptions of every species in Washington State. He also led numerous field trips and gave presentations as a member of the Washington Butterfly Association (WBA).

Bob enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling, gardening, fishing, and spending time in nature collecting and photographing butterflies including one that had been considered extinct. He and his wife traveled for leisure to countries in Europe, Central and South America, and he taught science at an international school in Lagos, Nigeria for three years in the early 1970s.

Bob was very involved with and loved by his family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean; daughters Diane Wilson (Jeff), Melissa Lee (Rob), and Jennie Bevan (Dave); son Jeff Hardwick (Alison); six grandchildren: Zach, Jake, Rachel, Matthew, Claire, and Cody; and brother Charles Hardwick (Angela). He was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Dorothy (Dempster) Hardwick, and his sister Donna Jean Benish.

A memorial service was held on September 12, 2014, at Haven of Rest, Gig Harbor, Washington with a reception following at the Hardwick residence.

Donations to Washington Butterfly Association
in memory of Bob Hardwick may be sent to:
PO Box 31317
Seattle, WA 98103


Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

A new quick reference pamphlet to Pacific Northwest butterflies by David James.

WBA Noticeline

This is a special service to WBA members.
Notices are sent out to members reminding them of upcoming meetings,
special announcements and copies of interesting butterfly research articles.
We make every effort to not overuse this communication and all addresses are blind.

If you are interested in receiving this service, just send your name and e-mail address to:
and indicate: Add Noticeline


Flight Of The Butterflies In 3D
Boeing IMAX Theater at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Find out how scientists discovered the Mexican winter site of the monarchs. This award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico and also along their migratory routes from Canada and across the U.S. The film immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico. Rated: G. Runtime: 40 min.

For more information, visit the Pacific Science Center web page.

Information about monarch butterflies in the Western United States can be found at the Xerces Society web page.



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