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Bob Pyle kicked off the Vermont Butterfly Survey for us back in 2002 with an
amazing lecture and then a weekend of field trips. In fact, he is on our
front page with a Harris' Checkerspot on his nose, a life butterfly for him
while he was with us! http://www.vtecostudies.org/VBS/

For those of you who may not know, Bob Pyle's early books ("Watching
Washington Butterflies" and the "Handbook for Butterfly Watchers" were the
forerunners of the growing contingent of butterfly "watchers", well before
NABA. Bob will be giving a talk, "Eden in a Vacant Lot" on Thursday, October
7 at 5:30 pm at the Palace Theatre in Syracuse. On Thursday the 7th and
Friday the 8th he will be leading a walk at 10 am at the Baltimore Woods
Nature Center in Marcellus, and doing a book signing for his new book on his
butterfly Big Year on Friday afternoon. I've heard Bob speak on several
occasions, and his talks are always outstanding - he is a captivating
speaker who always provides plenty of interesting things to think about.
Likewise being in the field with him is a complete pleasure - he is a
consummate all around naturalist and teacher. His many accomplishments span
literature and science and, and include being a founder of the Xerces
Society.

Definitely worth it if you're in the area, and even further afield. Save the
date. More info at www.baltimorewoods.org.
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Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420  Norwich, VT 05055
802.649.1431
http://www.vtecostudies.org/