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Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening in the Tahoe Basin

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; Although the Sierra Nevada is a North American butterfly diversity andamp;#8220;hotspot,andamp;#8221; the Tahoe Basin itself isnandamp;#8217;t. But that doesnandamp;#8217;t mean you canandamp;#8217;t attract a fascinating array of butterflies to your garden. This talk will cover the species you are most likely to see and touch on the rich fauna you can access easily within just a few miles of the Tahoe Basin.Arthur M. Shapiro is Distinguished Professor of Evolution and Ecology at the University of California, Davis, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. His research focuses on the ecology and biogeography of butterflies, and he is the author of about 300 scientific papers as well as andamp;#8220;Field Guide to the Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regionsandamp;#8221; (UC Press, 2007). He has maintained a transect across north-central California since 1972, which now provides the largest butterfly-monitoring database in North America (http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu) and has documented the responses of more than 150 species to climate and land-use change.Prior to the program, join the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden for a Green Thumb garden tour from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. outside in the butterfly garden.

Date: Aug. 5, 2010Time: 5:30 p.m. no-host bar/door opens; 6 p.m. program (also 4:45 p.m. garden tour outside in the North Tahoe Demonstration Garden)Cost: $5 donation requested. No-host bar. Location: Assembly Rooms 139 andamp; 141 Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nev.