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Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont

With cooler temps approaching this Fall, it’s a great time to get outside and hike a trail. And if you live in the Piedmont of the Carolinas or Georgia, there is a new field guide that can help you identify common organisms you may see as you hike. The Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont is a picture-based identification guide to over 700 Piedmont species. It includes common animals, plants, fungi, animal tracks, skulls and bones, rocks, minerals, nature sounds, and even slime molds. The field guide is a free eBook intended to help the general public easily identify and learn about common organisms. The picture for most species is hyperlinked to a reputable website with natural history information. The field guide can be downloaded for free to any electronic device from www.uscupstate.edu/fieldguide.

National Moth Week is July 23-31, 2016

If you missed it in past years, plan to get involved this year!

Getting involved is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friends and neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and see what is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths, etc. Visit the National Moth Week website for more information, or learn how to register.

If you take part in National Moth Week, you can provide your data to us. Take photographs of the moths you find, and come share your sightings with BAMONA. You will need to register for an account, but it is quick and easy to do, and logged in users can track their submissions. Simply take a photograph of a moth, and submit that information to us via our online submission form. Make sure to select "National Moth Week" under the list of Partner Projects.

We'll add the verified records to the database, maps, and checklists, and your data will become part of a growing dataset. To see the records that have been verified so far, visit the National Moth Week Data Explorer.

The Lepidopterists' Society 2016 Annual Meeting July 6-10

The Lepidopterists' Society 2016 Annual Meeting will take place July 6-10 at The Nature Place near Florissant, in the mountains west of Pikes Peak, Colorado. Optional field trips will be held July 11-13.

Find complete information about the event on The Lepidopterists' Society website.

National Pollinator Week June 20-26, 2016

It is National Pollinator Week! Events are taking place across the US and its territories. Find out more.

Maps on the BAMONA site

We are working on a new version of the Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) website and underlying database, with plans for a 2016 release. The site will be responsive (mobile-friendly) and have other improvements.

Due to limitations of the existing technology, we recently had to replace the Google map base layer with a layer from Open Street Map. When the new BAMONA site is launched, we will be able offer better maps again.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Crowdfunding request for monarch study

Paoloa Olaya-Arenas, a PhD student in Entomology at Purdue University, is seeking crowdfunding support for a research project: Non-target effect of insecticide seed treatment on milkweeds and monarch butterflies.

See https://experiment.com/projects/lxllxqbmxlkcegsrogel for full details and to contribute

Lepidopterists' Society 2015 Meeting June 28 - August 2

The Department of Entomology, Purdue Entomological Research Collection (PERC) and Conferences at Purdue University invite you to attend the 64th Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society. Please mark your calendars for this meeting, which will be held at Purdue University in the Stewart Center in West Lafayette, Indiana, July 28 - August 2, 2015.

This promises to be an excellent meeting, with numerous field trips, access to important collections (PERC and INHS), a robust scientific program, and plenty of opportunities to reunite with old friends and make new ones! Please visit the 2015 LepSoc website for more information and to register for the meeting: http://www.entm.purdue.edu/perc/lepsoc2015.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Zaspel (jzaspel@purdue.edu) for any questions about the 2015 LepSoc Meeting.

National Moth Week is July 18-26, 2015

National Moth Week is July 18-26, 2015.

If you missed it in past years, plan to get involved this year!

Getting involved is easy: attend a National Moth Night event, start an event, join friends and neighbors to check porch lights from time to time, set up a light and see what is in your own backyard, or read literature about moths, etc. Visit the National Moth Week website for more information, or learn how to register.

If you take part in National Moth Week, you can provide your data to us. Take photographs of the moths you find, and come share your sightings with BAMONA. You will need to register for an account, but it is quick and easy to do, and logged in users can track their submissions. Simply take a photograph of a moth, and submit that information to us via our online submission form. Make sure to select "National Moth Week" under the list of Partner Projects.

We'll add the verified records to the database, maps, and checklists, and your data will become part of a growing dataset. To see the records that have been verified so far, visit the National Moth Week Data Explorer.

Lepidoptera Course August 16-25, 2015

The Southwest Research Station in Arizona is offering a Lepidoptera Course August 16-25, 2015.

"The course is designed for students, amateur naturalists, conservation biologists, and other biologists who have an interest in learning more about butterfly and moth taxonomy. It will emphasize taxonomy, ecology, and field identification of lepidopterans in southeastern Arizona. Lectures will include background information on the biology of animals and their importance in pollination biology. Field trips will provide participants with collecting, sampling, and observation techniques and lab work will provide instruction on specimen identification, preparation, and labeling."

For the full announcement and application form, visit the course website at http://research.amnh.org/swrs/education/lepidoptera-course.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Butterfly BioBlitz June 6, 2015

The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will be conducting a Butterfly BioBlitz on Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

For more information about the event visit the website at: www.cascadesiskiyou.org.

All participants are asked to register online before the event. If you have questions about the event, contact the Bioblitz Media Assistant, Nicole Carbone at event.cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.

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