“I can’t stop thinking about my landscape-scale view of the world and how it has been forever modified by the hilltop landscapes of the Bay and Quino checkerspots” (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Mary Linders, speaking about Taylor’s checkerspot recovery and management). In late January, thirty people traveled from as far as San Diego and Vancouver Island to gather in San Jose and talk about one thing and one thing only – Edith’s checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha). If you’re familiar with the work CNLM and partners do in the South Sound, Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, a subspecies, (pictured at right) is a well-known species. When Taylor’s checkerspot was listed as Endangered in October 2013, it joined two other listed Editha checkerspot subspecies – the Bay and Quino checkerspots.
CNLM partnered with Creekside Science, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and the Xerces Society to plan a three day workshop that brought together the three conservation communities with a goal to strengthen collective recovery efforts by providing a forum for information sharing and catalyzing priority actions between practitioners working on recovery of each sub-species. As the workshop got underway there were hugs from long ago colleagues and first-time meetings of people who had conversed over phone and email for years.