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Robert Pyle to speak at Shorebird and Nature Festival

robert pyle 512x343The Keynote Speaker at the 2016 Shorebird and Nature Festival will be Robert Pyle.  You can meet him and see his amazing presentation Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm.  The talk will be at Hoquiam High School and will be preceded at 7:00 pm by an desert reception.  $15 Tickets are available at the door or at

On Friday, May 6, Robert Michael Pyle will present “West-Side Butterflies: Rainforest to Rainshadow” during the Keynote at Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival.

About the Talk

Western Washington, especially its Maritime edge, is not well known for its butterflies – to put it mildly! In fact, many lepidopterists would rate our butterfly fauna as one of the poorest on the continent. However, the very fact of that reputation has led to neglect when it comes to the study of butterflies here. When we take a good look between showers, we find that a surprising number of interesting and beautiful species have adapted well to west-side habitats, and that the habitats themselves are much more varied (and richer) than is commonly assumed.

In this talk, Bob will explain just why we have fewer butterflies than elsewhere, and then explore the species that do occur here and the special places where they may be found. He’ll share some big surprises from his many years devoted to the investigation and study of west-side butterflies, as well as some specialties, rarities, and mysteries.

About the Author

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies and The Butterflies of Cascadia, among his twenty books of prose and poetry. His awards include the John Burroughs Medal (Wintergreen), a Guggenheim Fellowship (Where Bigfoot Walks), and the National Outdoor Book Award (Sky Time in Gray’s River). Bob Pyle founded the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in 1971, and has recently been named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. He lives, writes, and studies natural history in Gray’s River (not Harbor!), SW Wash.
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2016
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