We’re going to the zoo!!!
But not just to see the tigers! No, we’ll be standing right outside of the tiger exhibit…and talking to people.
Our talks are going to center around the Oregon silverspot butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta). This butterfly subspecies is native to northern California, the Oregon coast, and southwestern Washington, and it’s currently listed as threatened, although some agencies suggest it should be uplisted to endangered.
Siuslaw National Forest manages a few habitat conservation areas and we were lucky enough to drive out to Mt. Hebo and do a vegetation survey looking for early blue violets (Viola adunca). The forest service is also helping restore and augment current populations, with the help of other agencies like the Oregon Zoo.
We’ve been preparing these presentations for a couple of weeks and the nerves are growing. It’s gonna be great!