Butterfly Workshop Near Cincinnati July 12

Posted: 16 May 2014 03:30 AM PDT

Mid-summer is a great time to find lots of butterflies of many species. Hence the date of the upcoming Butterfly Workshop, hosted by the Midwest Native Plant Conference: Saturday, July 12.

Checkered Skipper by Jim McCormac

The workshop will be held at the capacious and comfortable visitor’s center at Caesar’s Creek Lake in Warren County, southwest Ohio. This location is not far from Cincinnati, and is an easy drive from Columbus and much of the rest of Ohio and adjacent Indiana and Kentucky.

Southwest Ohio is a great place to look for southern immigrant butterflies. A number of top butterfly experts will be on hand to help sort things out. Authors Jaret Daniels (Butterflies of Ohio) and Jeff Belth (Butterflies of Indiana) will deliver talks and help with field trips.

In 2012, Ohio experienced the largest invasion of the southern Dainty Sulphur ever. Butterflies and other highly mobile insects respond rapidly to climate change, and evidence suggests that certain southern butterfly species are moving north in increasing numbers. Cheryl Harner will give a talk on just that subject: Butterflies as Bio-indicators.

The areas immediately adjacent to the workshop site contain lots of interesting and diverse habitat, and our field trips are sure to rack up some good lists, maybe even including one of the more uncommon species such as the stunning little Harvester, our only carnivorous butterfly. 

Butterflies make excellent photographic subjects, and Scott Hogsten will give a talk about photographic techniques just for butterflies.

Following lunch (provided) and the indoor programs, we’ll head afield to seek butterflies. This will be a great opportunity to apply what we learned during the talks, and perhaps practice photographic techniques. A raft of topflight butterfliers will lead these excursions, including the aforementioned speakers, Sandy Belth, Jim Davidson, your narrator (who doesn’t claim the expertise of the others), and a number of other experts.

"Puddle Party" by Jim McCormac

Space is limited, so register soon. Complete details at http://www.midwestnativeplants.org/styled-10/index.html



    Wendy Ford wrote on July 08, 2014

    Mike, we don't have a phone number for this organization, but I understand they may still take reservations. Try their online registration even if the deadline is past. If you're going to be in Ohio anyway, you can try to register as a walk-in.

    Mike Stockman wrote on July 07, 2014

    Hello, My name is Mike Stockman from Indianapolis Indiana.. I just discovered the butterfly confrence for next week, I will be in the Ohio area next weekend and would love to attend. Is there any way I can sign up this late in the game? Can I make a payment through paypal perhaps? My Girlfriend will be traveling with me and would also attend.

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