31 March 2014

You're invited to a butterfly lecture

Anyone within driving distance of Madison, Wisconsin is cordially invited to the annual spring meeting of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association (SWBA) to be held in the Fitchburg Public Library (5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI) (directions) from 7:00-9:00 PM on the evening of Wednesday, April  2.  Indoor, underground parking can be accessed from a driveway on the west side of the building.

Dr. Sean Schoville, an assistant professor of entomology at UW - Madison, will present a lecture entitled "Past and future climate change impacts on alpine butterflies in the Sierra Nevada, California." 
Alpine environments are extreme habitats with protracted winters, high climatic variability, and a history of rapid and repeated environmental transition. Despite many physiological challenges, a remarkable community of insects live exclusively in alpine environments. Dr. Schoville has been using genetic data to understand how alpine butterflies colonize, persist and diversify within alpine habitats of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. 
After the lecture there will be a photography "show and tell" featuring the spectacular images captured by members of the butterfly association.

There will be refreshments, handouts, and lots of good vibes from outdoor enthusiasts finally being released from the throes of a prolonged winter.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

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