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Planted flowers attract classy clientelle

WILDLIFE WATCHING — “Two of my favorite things in our garden this morning,” Spokane Valley pastor/photographer Craig Goodwin said Tuesday. “Tiger swallowtail butterflies and purple coneflowers. The blue flax to the left is a volunteer from some wildflower seeds I planted a couple years ago.”

Festivals celebrate monarch butterflies fall migration

NATURE — If you're looking for a different sort of fall vacation, consider focusing on one of five national wildlife refuge hot spots for the Eastern population during the fall migration of monarch butterflies.

Every fall, monarch butterflies fly thousands of miles from as far north as Canada to overwinter in Mexico. When swarms of monarchs pause en route to rest and feed on nectar-bearing plants, admirers will be ready to see them blanket trees and shrubs in orange and black.  

See more details on both the East and West migrations.

Read on for more details about monarchs and some prime viewing spots in five states.

Public encouraged to join Butterfly Count

NATURE — The public is invited to join a wildlfie biologist and a lepidopterist for day of learning about butterflies in Northeast Washington on Saturday.

As part of National Pollinator Week, the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the North American Butterfly Association’s 38th annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count — on June 23.

The group will meet at the refuge headquarters at 8:45 a.m. Saturday and start the count at 9 a.m.

Plan to spend the day in the field.

A$3 participant fee helps offset the program and printing costs.

In the event of inclement weather the count may be postponed.

Butterflies featured in talk, walk at Turnbull

NATURE — A colorful day is in store for people who sign up for the Butterfly Talk and Walk on Saturday, 9 a.m., at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

John Baumann of the Washington Butterfly Association made 19 visits into the refuge backcountry over the course of two summers for an informal survey of the butterfly species living there.  

Baumann will present a short PowerPoint program at the refuge headquarters, followed by a walk to some of the public areas he surveyed so participants can see some of the butterflies that make their home at Turnbull.

Sign up with Louise O’Leary 235-4531 or looeezoleary@netscape.net.

Plan on bringing a sack lunch and plenty of water for an experience that could last through most of the day.

Local butterflies detailed in free program tonight

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Spokane butterfly expert John Baumann will present a free program about butterflies of the Inland Northwest on Wednesday sponsored by the Spokane Audubon Society.

The rogram is set for 7 p.m. at Riverview Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., off Upriver Drive.

Continue reading for detailed directions.

Field trip, seminars planned at Butterfly Conference in Newport

NATURE — Here's an event to make your heart flutter:

Youngsters and novices are welcome to join the fun at the Washington Butterfly Association's 12th annual conference, July 15-17, at the Pend Oreille Playhouse in Newport.

The schedule includes:

  • Friday evening lecture, “Butterflies and Habitats of Northeast Washington,” by John Baumann (with help from Carol Mack and other local WBA members)
  • Saturday, full-day field trip
  • Saturday evening, keynote address by Jon Shepard, lepidopterist from Nelson, British Columbia, and author of “Butterflies of British Columbia”
  • Sunday, half-day field trip
Register for part or all of the conference by visiting the WBA website.
Children and novices are welcome.
Special low conference registration rate for first-time attendees.
 
Local contact:  John Baumann, (509) 327-4827, or email baumann.j56@gmail.com
 

Develope a checklist for local butterfly sightings

NATURE — Butterfly enthusiasts have developed a cool Butterflies and Moths of North America website that produces checklists of butterfly species documented for general or specific areas.

For example, by filling in the blanks on the site, one can see the 91 butterfly species that have been found in Spokane County over the years, as well as the list of 158 species documented in Washington.

In case you didn't see my Sunday feature on local butterfly groups, don't miss the “Wings of Beauty” program on butterflies April 14, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana St.

It's free, but sign up in advance by calling 477-2048 or email erik.sjoquist@wsu.edu

Other good sites to explore include: