We participated in a habitat restoration project for the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (Speyeria zerene hippolyta). Invasive scotch broom shades out violets that are critical for this butterfly's survival, so we spent the day removing scotch broom from its small habitat in Crescent City, CA. We worked with other friendly and energetic volunteers from the Tolowa Dunes Stewards, US Fish and Wildlife, and the Sequoia Park Zoo. Volunteers were able to fill an entire dumpster with scotch broom!
Conservation concerns for this species:
This butterfly is very susceptible to extinction due to its patchy distribution. Habitat loss and invasive plant species are huge concerns. The silverspot is isolated to only five sites in Oregon and California, and perhaps only two of those subpopulations are viable. It is critical that what remains of its habitat be conserved and restored!
How you can help:
Join our scotch broom bash next year! Keep an eye on our calendar in the spring of 2016.