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Free Conservation Lecture on Silverspot Butterfly

For Immediate Release—FREE Virtual Conservation Lecture hosted by Sequoia Park Zoo on Dec. 16th, 2020.

FREE Virtual Conservation Lecture Hosted by Sequoia Park Zoo on Dec. 16, 2020

“Can We Save the Silverspot? A look inside Sequoia Park Zoo’s Butterfly Conservation Program”Chris Damiani will be joining us from Sequoia Park Zoo to present a FREE virtual lecture on Zoom and Facebook L
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EUREKA, CA – The Sequoia Park Zoo Conservation Lecture Series has gone VIRTUAL for 2020/21 and the next virtual lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live. Chris Damiani will be joining us from Sequoia Park Zoo to present, “Can We Save the Silverspot? A look inside Sequoia Park Zoo’s Butterfly Conservation Program.” Zoo updates and information will begin at 6:45 PM with the lecture starting at 7:00 PM promptly. Attendees can ask questions to the speaker at the end of the presentation via the chat box on Zoom or Facebook Live comments. The Zoom link will be available on the event page and on our social media. Special thanks to Papa & Barkley for sponsoring the Conservation Lecture Series! 

Chris Damiani with Silverspot butterfly
Chris Damiani

In 2018, following the rapid decline of the Oregon silverspot butterfly in Del Norte County, Sequoia Park Zoo partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a program to raise butterflies that will augment the wild population while habitat is being restored. This talk will describe the challenges and triumphs of our pilot year, as well as the Zoo’s expanding contributions to Speyeria butterfly conservation and opportunities to help in the effort to save these pollinators and their habitats. 

Chris Damiani serves on Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Advisory Committee and is the lead for their butterfly conservation program. She received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from U.C. Davis and her Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University. Chris has previously worked for the U.S. Forest Service Redwood Sciences Lab and the Institute for Wildlife Studies. Over the past decade, Chris has participated in several aspects of Oregon silverspot butterfly conservation, including research on the butterfly’s habitat requirements, surveys to monitor population trends, and habitat restoration. She now hopes to assist the recovery of Oregon and Behren’s silverspots through captive propagation.   

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