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September 24, 2015
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Program - "Federally Endangered Species: Karner Blue" (Bob Hess, coordinator of the Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Program for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)
The Karner Blue has dissappeared from much of its former range in eastern North America. Today, Wisconsin has the largest remaining population of Karner Blues and they are Federally listed and protected as Endangered.  Bob discussed Karner range, life cycle, habitat requirements, population trends, climate change impacts and future plans for the Karner recovery program.

Program - "The Butterflies of Texas: Lower Rio Grande Valley and the upcoming Texas Butterfly Festival 2015" (Karl Legler)
The common and fascinating butterflies of this unique region. Karl and Dorothy Legler spend time in Texas each year and will participate in this year's Butterfly Festival (Oct 31-Nov 3).


April 28, 2015
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Program - "Think Globally, Flutter Locally: Prairie Butterfly Conservation from a Worldwide Perspective: Version 2.0" (Ann Swengel)
This presentation is partly a summary of the talk that Ann gave at the Prairie Enthusiast's Prairie Conference at UW-Stevens Point. Preventing decline and loss of localized butterfly populations is a more effective conservation strategy, including during habitat rehabilitation, than hoping for recolonization. Beneficial long-term practices include land uses such as haying & grazing that are compatible with maintaining native flora while establishing some areas that are never burned. Small sites can be sufficient to support viable populations of localized species.
This summary was combined with additional butterfly topics, especially the recent shocking developments concerning the Poweshiek Skipperling. Ann also discussed exciting things ahead for the 2015 field season!

Program - Photo Show and Tell

October 15, 2014
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Program -"2014: The Year in Butterflies" (Mike Reese)

Program -"In Praise of the Tiger Swallowtail" (Professor Dave Hogg)
The centerpiece of this 30 minute presentation was an unsigned, hand painted, Civil War era illustration of this butterfly, and specifically the detective work Dave undertook to conclude that the artist was probably W.J. Holland (1848-1932), a recognized lepidopterist and author of several popular books: The Butterfly Book (1898) and The Moth Book (1903). Other aspects of Tiger Swallowtails was discussed, including the presumed mimicry exhibited by the dark form of the female. Professor Hogg is Chair of the UW-Madison Entomology Department.

April 2, 2014
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Program - "The past and future climate change impacts on alpine butterflies in the Sierra Nevada, California" (Sean Schoville, an assistant professor of entomology at UW-Madison)

Program - Photo Show and Tell

October 9, 2013
Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI.

Program - "The Year in Butterflies"  By Mike Reese
The ups and downs of 2013 butterflies, via some of the photos he has taken, or photos and reports that were submitted to Mike's award-winning website.

Program - "Sowing seeds" (Dorothy Legler"
A presentation on different methods for sowing seeds for butterfly gardens (fall sowing, winter sowing and spring seed starting).

Program - Karl Legler showed video of Texas butterflies taken in 2002 at the Texas Butterfly Festival.

April 16, 2013
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive.

Program - "Landscaping for Butterflies and other Wildlife" "Larry and Emily Scheunemann"
The landscaping of 18 acres of Conservation Reserve Program land (CRP), restored prairie and the creation of a Monarch Waystation. (Tagged Monarchs were recovered in Mexico!)

Program - "Dragonflies of Wisconsin" (Karl Legler)
 The 116 Dragonflies of Wisconsin are immensely appealing with their gigantic eyes, intricately veined wings, and beautifully colorful bodies. Dragonflies zip along with the high-speed flight of an acrobatic aerialist, have an insatiable appetite for other flying insects, and have a truly fascinating sex life! We will highlight some of the most interesting species in the state.

Program - Photo Show and Tell
       
Election of Officers: President - Doug Buege, VP - Karl Legler, Secretary - Dorothy Legler, Treasurer - Ginny Nelson.

October 23, 2012
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Program - "2012 An Extraordinary Year in Butterflies!" (Mike Reese)
 What southern strays turned up along Lake Superior? How did endangered species do this year? How did the unprecedented warm March affect butterflies? How did the severe drought affect our butterflies? What was being seen in butterfly gardens? Was 2012 a very good butterfly year?

April 25, 2012 
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Program - "Boreal Butterflies of the Northern Great Lakes"  (Kyle Johnson) 
Kyle Johnson discussed many seldom encountered northern butterflies of the northern Great Lakes region, especially peatland (bog and fen) species. The talk covered detailed distribution, flight period, habitats, natural history, and good sites to visit. Join us for the latest insights into some of Wisconsin's most elusive and charismatic butterflies and exotic habitats.
Kyle has been passionate about the natural world his entire life, and has been researching butterflies, moths, and other insects since the age of five. His studies (including his Masters thesis) focus on distributions, habitats, natural history, and conservation of boreal species especially those of bogs and fens. Kyle is President of the Wisconsin Entomological Society.

Program - Photo Show and Tell

November 3, 2011
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Program  - "2011 The Year in Butterflies" (Mike Reese)
Some species were unusually abundant while others were scarce (some populations "crashed"). What southern strays turned up along Lake Superior? How did endangered species do this year? What was being seen in butterfly gardens?  Was 2011 a very good butterfly year? Mike Reese will provide the overview. Mike receives reports on many thousands of butterflies and photos from all over the state at his award-winning website, wisconsinbutterflies.org, and scours the state to find and photograph Wisconsin butterflies.

Program - "Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley" (Karl Legler)
Butterflies of the Lower Rio Grande Valley will be a half-hour presentation by Karl Legler on why this area has the most butterfly diversity in the United States, a survey of the butterflies that make up that diversity, resources that provide more details, butterfly hotspots, including the NABA National Butterfly Center, and the best time to go to Texas.  Handouts will be provided. Karl Legler is a long-time birder and butterflyer, author of Dragonflies of Wisconsin, and sometime visitor to Texas.

April 25, 2011 
Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive

Program - "Boreal Butterflies of the Northern Great Lakes"  (Kyle Johnson)
Kyle Johnson discussed many seldom encountered northern butterflies of the northern Great Lakes region, especially peatland (bog and fen) species. The talk covered detailed distribution, flight period, habitats, natural history, and good sites to visit.
Kyle has been passionate about the natural world his entire life, and has been researching butterflies, moths, and other insects since the age of five. His studies (including his Masters thesis) focus on distributions, habitats, natural history, and conservation of boreal species especially those of bogs and fens. Kyle is President of the Wisconsin Entomological Society.


Program - Photo Show and Tell