Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bob Pyle is banquet speaker

The program for the FFC Annual Banquet on February 26 will be “Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year,” presented by Bob Pyle, prominent butterfly scientist of Grays River, Washington.

Bob spent a year on the road searching for as many as he could find of North America’s 800 butterfly species.  Mariposa Road, from which he will read aloud poignant selections, is the book that resulted from his journey.

Robert Michael Pyle is the author of 14 books and has received numerous awards and accolades for excellence in nature writing and contributions to the science of lepidoptery. More info about his life and achievements can be found here . Photos and diary tidbits from his journey are found at this site .

For many years, birders have vied to see how may species of birds they could spot in the US and Canada in one calendar year — what they call a Big Year. After his earlier journey with butterflies, recounted in Chasing Monarchs, Pyle was “hankering for another road trip.” Realizing that no one had ever attempted a butterfly big year, he decided to undertake the first one throughout 2008. Pyle says his adventure, highlighted in Mariposa Road, is “partly a transect of butterfly well-being across the country today” and ” illustrates exactly how conservation efforts like Fox Creek underlie the entire butterfly and biodiversity picture.”

Nominations open for four directors

Candidates are being sought by the Nominating Committee to stand for election to any of the four open seats on the FFC Board. If you wish to nominate yourself or another person for any of the openings, please contact the chair of the committee Kathy Byrd at 503-556-1016 or . Names of candidates collected by the Nominating Committee will be posted in the Rainier City Hall on Friday, February 18. Other nominations may be made from the floor during the election.

The four positions to be filled by this year’s election are those currently held by Bob Burnham, Chip Bubl, John Byrd, and Bill Vilardi.  (Bill intends to resign Feb. 26 after two years on the board; Bill served one year to complete someone else’s term and then was re-elected to a three-year term in 2010.) All of the incumbents are eligible to serve again. The board members who are not up for election this year are Amy Poulos (2013), Dearl Taylor (2012) and Darrel Whipple (2012).

Annual Banquet set for February 26

Friends of Fox Creek will hold its Annual Banquet on Saturday, February 26th, at 6:30 pm . The public is invited.

The event will take place at Rainier’s Old Hall, the “Big Green” building behind City Hall, at 103 C Street. The banquet is catered by Amy Poulos of Longview.

Reservations for the dinner may be made by emailing Bill Vilardi at or calling him at 503-396-0967 by Saturday, February 19th. The price per person is $22 (cash or check), payable at the banquet.

The official annual meeting of Friends of Fox Creek will be held at 7:20 pm after the meal and will include the election of four members to the board of directors, a brief financial report and the reports of officers.

The program for the evening, slated for 7:50 pm and free to the public, will be presented by Bob Pyle, local writer and lepidopterist, whose most recent book, Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, recounts his travels across the country in search of as many of North America’s 800 species of butterflies as he can find.