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Sunday, May 17, 2009
7:00 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre

Chasing Checkerspots: Conserving a Rare Butterfly in the Georgia Basin

The regular monthly meeting of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society will be held May 17, 2009, at 7:00 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay.  Nick Page will give a presentation on a nearly extinct species of butterfly. This presentation will precede our regular business meeting and the general public is welcome.

Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly is one of the most charismatic butterflies in BC. It was once found in coastal meadows throughout the Pacific Northwest, but was thought to have gone extinct from Canada in the late 1990’s when a small population in Helliwell Provincial Park on Hornby Island disappeared. In 2005, a local biologist discovered a population of Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies on Denman Island.  Efforts are now underway to protect this species from extinction and to look for rare butterflies throughout southeastern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Nick Page will share the story of the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly, what we know of this species, their relationship to a specific group of host plants, and what is being done to conserve them. Butterfly conservation depends on stewardship of their habitat in natural areas and gardens. Come hear about Taylor’s Checkerspot and what you can do to help conserve butterflies in the Comox Valley.

Nick Page is a biologist based in Vancouver who works on species at risk and urban ecology. He has a consulting business called Raincoast Applied Ecology.

Please come and join us to become better informed, and find out how you can help CVNS provide education and protection for B.C.’s natural environment.

Meetings of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society are held on the third Sunday of most months at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay. Meetings are open to the public, including youth. A donation of $2.00 is suggested for non-members, and new memberships are always welcomed. Meetings are not held in December, July, and August.

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