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Butterfly dune walk planned for Sunday

An Oregon silverspot is one of many area butterflies. Submitted photo
An Oregon silverspot is one of many area butterflies. Submitted photo
Del Norters will have a chance to learn about and spot some of the rare butterflies that call the local dunes home.

For their latest summer activity, The Redwood Parks Association and Tolowa Dunes Stewards will host a presentation about coastal butterflies and an introduction to butterfly watching on Sunday. Gary Falxa, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arcata field office, will focus on common and rare butterflies found in the Tolowa Dunes-Lake Earl area. He will also discuss the latest efforts to conserve the Oregon silverspot butterfly.

Following a short slideshow, Falxa will lead the group north of Lake Earl to visit an experimental habitat restoration project site to look for Oregon silverspots and other butterflies.

Participants should meet at 1 p.m. at the Lake Earl Wildlife Area Information Center, 2591 Old Mill Road in Crescent City. Come early to enjoy a cup of organic coffee and browse the nature store. Participants are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water and binoculars if they have them.

Falxa has coordinated the monitoring of the marbled murrelet population and habitat trends in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked to conserve the Oregon silverspot butterfly population in Del Norte.

For more information, call Sue Calla at 465-6191. 

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