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Butterfly conference coming to Goldendale


The Washington Butterfly Association (WBA) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Goldendale for three days the end of this month. Members of the association as well as members of the public are invited to participate in the May 31-June 2 host of events.

According to the WBA website conference planning notes, this is the first time the statewide conference has been held in Goldendale.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear two guest speakers and take part in two field trips. WBA planners also say two species of butterflies indigenous to the Goldendale area, the Black Indra Swallowtail and Propertius Duskywing, will be sought as they are a species not readily found in other parts of Washington State.

Also noted on the docket of activities is field trip participation by “noted naturalist and award-winning author Dr. Robert Michael (Bob) Pyle,” the keynote speaker for the gathering. One of the two field trips will visit the Klickitat Wildlife Area, where, the WBA says attendees will have the opportunity to observe among the nearly 100 species of butterflies in Klickitat County. A second speaker, author Dave Nunnallee, is also scheduled.

Full Registration is $85. Partial registration is available, as well as a special offer rate of $40 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 registration. For more conference information contact WBA at .

Deb Brumley can be reached at


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