Local Colorado Butterfly Talk and Walk - June 27 & June 28

Butterflies are part of the class of insects in the order Lepidoptera, along with moths. But, unlike moths, which are often considered to be pests, butterflies seem to have a special appeal because of their beautiful coloration and delicate physiology. The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) has arranged for a two-part program on butterflies led by Salidan Hannelore Gabriel. Hannelore will talk about the evolution, life cycle, families and ecology of central Colorado butterflies, illustrated with her numerous photos.

Hannelore Gabriel pursued a career in jewelry design. Her professional and photography interests led to research on the anthropology, iconography, and metalsmithing of Nepal resulting in her book The Jewelry of Nepal. Butterflies, the jewels of nature, are her current photographic focus combined with the study of Lepidoptera after a life-long interest in butterflies.

This is a two-part program. The talk will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Salida on Monday, June 27 from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. The walk will be in the greater Salida area but exact location is yet to be determined but will based on latest information on butterfly sightings. The walk will be held the following day on Tuesday, June 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The cost of the 2-part program is $5 for GARNA members; $8 for non members. Online registration is required by visiting http://garna.org/calendar/butterfly-program-talk-6-27-16/. Please contact GARNA at 539-5106 with questions.

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