The 4th of July is a time of the year to celebrate being a United States citizen. In this land of opportunity, our ancestors were wise enough to have the foresight to set aside public land for all to enjoy. As Oregonians, we are surrounded by some of the most marvelous public lands in our country — Crater Lake National Park, National Forests, Wilderness, Monuments and more! This weekend, July 5 -6, the Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is providing an opportunity to celebrate your public land by joining entomologist Dr. Pete Schroeder on the Hobart Bluff trail to search for butterflies and other insects.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM) is the nation’s first monument designated in recognition of an area’s biological diversity. The Monument’s remarkable ecology is a product of its location at the crossroads of two different mountain ranges—the Cascades and the Siskiyous—as well as its proximity to the Great Basin. Numerous butterfly species provide evidence of the Monument’s ecological diversity. Butterflies are good indicators of plant diversity since the caterpillars of individual species only feed on specific plants, called host plants. The presence of a butterfly indicates that its host plant is nearby. To date, field surveys have identified 111 butterfly species in the Monument, compared with 162 in all of Oregon.
Join Dr. Shroeder for an intriguing lecture about the butterfly diversity that can be found at CSNM on Friday, June 5 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Southern Oregon University Science Building. Hike along the Hobart Bluff trail the following day, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to search for and celebrate butterflies. See the flyer below for more information. Happy 4th of July!!!