Kittitas County Community Events Calendar
BUTTERFLIES OF THE EASTERN CASCADES AND SAGE STEPPE
Dr. David James will give a presentation that explores behind the scenes researching and writing of his book , Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies, highlighting the lives of
notable butterflies of the eastern cascades and sage steppe in central Washington. He will discuss current butterfly research and conservation efforts with the Cowiche
Canyon conservancy in Yakima, the Washington wine grape industry, and the Washington State Penitentiary at Walla Walla.
David developed a passion for entomology at the age of 8 in England, while rearing caterpillars in his bedroom. He studied Zoology at the U. of Salford near Manchester,
then migrated to Australia to work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture on ways of controlling agricultural pests like locusts and mites. A Phd. study on the winter
biology of Monarch butterflies in Sydney followed, and a career as a biocontrol scientist in horticulture followed. He developed successful biological control systems for Stink
Bugs in citrus, and for mites in pasture, grapes and peaches. In 1999 he became an Associate Professor at WSU in Prosser and worked on biological control of insect and mite
pests in hops and grapes. Copies of his book will be for sale at the meeting.
This Audubon program will be held at the Hal Holmes Center of the Ellensburg Public Library, On May 16, Thursday, at 7:00 P.M.. A short business meeting will precede the
program. All Audubon programs are open to the public, come join us for this interesting session. This is jointly sponsored by Kittitas Audubon and the Ellensburg Public Library.