Saturday, February 4, 2012

I have included information on our classes here that may be sent as widely as
you wish.

The dates are July 13-15 for Moths of California workshop taught by Jerry
Powell and myself, while Evi and I will teach the Butterflies of the Sierra
Nevada from July 9-13. The NABA-sponsored Yuba Pass butterfly count will be on
Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Reservations and deposits for the workshop and class must be made with J.R.
Blair of San Francisco State (

Moths of California

informal introduction for studying and observing moths. Emphasis will be on
collecting and processing adult moths and recording observations based on the
techniques described in our book, Moths of Western North America. The
workshop is recommended for persons interested in moths or those studying
insect/plant relationships, or managing biodiversity conservation.

P. Opler & J. Powell July 13-15 $250

Biol 315
Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada

Introduction to the natural history and ecology of butterflies. Lectures and slide talks cover the fundamentals of butterfly biology. We travel (carpool)to a
wide variety of local Sierra Nevadan habitats to identify and observe adult
butterflies and their behavior, their larvae, and their host plants.

P. Opler & E. Buckner July 8-13 $348

If you wish to participate in the butterfly count on July 14, please make arrangements with Paul Opler,


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book signing in Fort Collins

Book Signing and Presentation Event

Paul A. Opler, Professor,
Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University

"Moths of Western North America” book signing and presentation

Lory Student Center, Room 220-222, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, 80523

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 3-4pm

This new book authored by Jerry Powell and Paul was published by the University of California Press earlier this year. It will be available for purchase. Paul will sign your copies of this book and any other of his previously published books. Paul will have a supply of other books available for purchase. This new book is now available for purchase at the CSU student store in Lory Student Center.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Books and related products by Paul Opler

1. Butterflies of North America, an activity and coloring book
[artist Susan Strawn] ISBN 1-57098-435-2 paper, $ 9.95 retail

Order from Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706 []

2. First Guide to Butterflies and Moths, Peterson First Guide
With Amy Bartlett Wright, ISBN 0-395-90665-2 paper, retail $ 5.95

3. Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies
(artist Vichai Malikul) ISBN 0-395-90453-6 paper, retail $ 20.00

4. Peterson Field Guide to Western Butterflies
(artist Amy Bartlett Wright) ISBN 0-395-79152-9 cloth, retail $32.00
ISBN 0-395-79151-0 paper, $24.00

5. Butterflies, Peterson FlashGuide
ISBN 0-395-82996-8, retail $7.95 U.S.,

Order # 2, 3, 4, & 5 from Houghton Mifflin Co.
Wayside Road, Burlington, MA 01803
1-800/225-3362; []

7. Audubon Videoguide to Butterflies: Essentials for Beginners and Gardeners (DVD), (with Jim Ebner), Retail $40.00

8. Audubon Videoguide to Butterflies: Common & Endangered
(DVD), (with Jim Ebner), Retail $40.00

Order both DVDs from MasterVision, 969 Park Ave., New York, NY 10028
212/879-0448; 410/516-6994;

9. Moths of Western North America
(with J.A. Powell), ISBN- 0-520-25197-0, Retail $95.00 [cloth]

Order from California Princeton Fulfillment Services, 609-883-1759, FAX 609-883-7413,

Note: You can view some of Paul Opler's and Evi Buckner-Opler's images on the world-wide web home page at
or contact Paul or Evi via e-mail:

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Jocelyn Gill, Agriculture Canada, work on color plates

We wish to acknowledge the work of Ms. Jocelyn Gill, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Biodiversity Program, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Ottawa, Canada for her expert work on the color plates for our book Moths of Western North America. Jocelyn did all of the photography, digital manipulation, and plate assembly for all of the Macromoth specimen plates and did some clean-up and assembly for the Micromoth plates. She also advised on the layouts for our plates. Some of her work was performed under contract to the University of California Press, but she also carried out much of the work on time donated by her supervisor Dr. J.D. Lafontaine. We feel that the high quality of the plates is the most attractive feature of our book and will be useful to many readers for many decades. We are grateful for Joce's dedication and expertise.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Moths of Western North America published

The official publication date for our book was yesterday, May 27, 2009. Books have not yet arrived at the University of California Press' warehouse, but they may be ordered from the University of California - Princeton distributor at 1-800-822-6657, BioQuip, Inc for 10% discount at 310-667-8800,, or many other book sellers that may be found on google.

Jerry and I will be pleased to sign your copy.

Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II

I have been participating in the current atlas project and have been working on 15 priority blocks with my wife Evi and a few good birder friends. My blocks are in Larimer and Weld Counties, Colorado. I really enjoy this and it contributes significantly to kno0wledge about our state's avifauna. The web site is

The Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas II Project (Atlas II) was initiated in 2007 by the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) and the Colorado Bird Atlas Partnership (CBAP). Atlas II is a 5 year project, comprised primarily of volunteer field staff, to collect data on the distribution, abundance, habitat use, and breeding phenology of the avifauna breeding in Colorado. The first Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas was initiated in 1987, and the results were presented in the publication Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas (Kingery, editor 1998). The results of Atlas II will be compared to the results of the first Atlas and will provide information on potential changes in distribution and population status of Colorado's breeding birds. This information will be important for wildlife managers/biologists that are making decisions on land management practices throughout Colorado.

Atlas II data are being collected throughout Colorado, per U.S. Geological Survey 7.5-minute topographic quadrangle maps (quads). Each quad has been divided into halves vertically, and thirds horizontally, resulting in six equal blocks (Figure 1). The southeast (SE) portion of each quad is the Atlas II priority block for which field volunteers are first collecting data. The second priority block is the quad's central-west (CW) section, for which data may also be collected after completing the SE block.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Audubon videoguide to Commmon and Endangered Butterflies

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I just wanted to let you know about Audubon's VideoGuide to Butterflies Common and Endangered, a two-and-a-half hour DVD that I worked on that is coming out now.

I'm very excited by the finished product, which has much more (and much more beautful) moving footage of scores of common North American butterflies than any other DVD or video.

In addition, and this makes it all the more special, the VideoGuide has moving footage of all the listed endangered butterflies in North America save one (Lycaeides argyrognomon lotis), as well as a couple of threatened species and a couple of other candidates for future listing. Each species has moving footage taken in its habitat, the result of Jim Ebner's years-long quest to video all of them, and an informative voiceover that facilitates identification and an understanding of the conservation issues at stake. It is a truly amazing achievement.

The attached sheet has more information about the program, and you can learn more at

Thanks for listening!