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Butterfly Association
2014 Annual Conference

 

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Previous WBA Conference Sites:
2000 - Winthrop
2001 - Dayton
2002 - The Dalles (Oregon)
2003 - Metaline Falls
2004 - Omak
2005 - Mazama
2006 - Metaline Falls
2007 - Leavenworth
2008 - Dayton
2009 - Yakima
2010 - Leavenworth
2011 - Newport
2012 - Oroville
2013 - Goldendale
2014 - Moscow (Idaho)

 

Washington Butterfly Association Annual Conference May 30 to June 1, 2014 in Moscow, Idaho

This year we delve into new territory near Moscow, Idaho. The familiar rolling grain fields of the Palouse quickly give way to foothills and hills east of Moscow, transitioning to mountains and eventually the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Nearby Moscow Mountain, at 4,983 feet, is a center for outdoor activities. Extensive USFS land provides good access and forest roads to explore.

David Nunnallee has reviewed and updated the list Washington butterflies.
Two versions are available for downloading: PDF file Excel file

Precise field trip locations will depend on conditions at the time; our scouts will be surveying locations before our arrival. In terms of butterfly species, the area should be home to some old friends but considering the proximity to western Montana, a few surprises could be in store.

Friday and Saturday evening events will be held at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Moscow; 1000 W. Pullman Rd. Until April 30, a limited number of guest rooms are available at a reduced rate to those identifying themselves as members of the Washington Butterfly Association. There are other hotel options located nearby as well.

Registering for the conference by May 15 allows you to buy optional meals, and to receive a $10 discount on registration. Make your plans now to join us for this much-enjoyed annual event.

Full registration is $90 ($80 if received by May 15).
Partial registration is available as well as a special offer rate of $45 for new members,
juniors (13 17 years), and students enrolled in a school program.
Children 12 and under are free.

Meals are not included in the conference fee, but lunches and Saturday dinner may be ordered on the registration form.

Online registration at:
www.planetreg.com

or see the March 2014 newsletter for mail-in registration form.
March 2014 newsletter

Lodging information may also be found in the newsletter.

Program:


Moscow Mountain from the South


East Moscow Mountain View


East Moscow Mountain View
of Clearwater Canyon

Friday
6:30 pm Meet at Fairfield Inn for camaraderie and light refreshments
8:00 pm Dave Nunnallee, coauthor of Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies.
will show us which butterflies we are likely to see during the conference.
Saturday
8:30 am Gather in Fairfield Inn parking lot for all day field trip.
6:00 pm Begin Silent Auction
6:30 pm Dinner at Fairfield Inn
7:45 pm Conclude Silent Auction
Short Business Meeting (for election of officers)
8:00 pm Dr. Bob Gillespie, faculty member at Wenatchee Valley College, will talk about "Pollinators of the Native Shrub-Steppe."
The shrub-steppe is inhabited by a beautiful array of wildflowers and shrubs that depend on pollinators for reproduction. Bees, wasps, flies, beetles, moths and butterflies all play a role in this ecosystem. Dr. Gillespie's talk will introduce us to the diversity of insects that pollinate the shrub-steppe plants and will discuss the interesting life histories of these plants and animals.
Bob Gillespie
Sunday
8:30 am Gather in Fairfield Inn parking lot for half day field trip.
Early afternoon Have a safe trip home.