Nature Matters: Oregon Silverspot Butterfly Recovery

Across the world, the abundance and diversity of butterfly species is in decline, and we are just beginning to understand what it takes to protect and recover these charismatic microfauna. During this presentation, we’ll journey together through the history, ecology, biology, and ongoing research of a threatened, Oregon coast native butterfly – the Oregon silverspot. Join us in learning about the prairie habitat the silverspot relies on, the efforts to restore it, and exciting research happening that has the potential to inform future recovery efforts for the silverspot and protecting rare Oregon coastal native butterfly species.

Samantha (Sam) Derrenbacheris a Wildlife Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Service where she serves as the Oregon silverspot butterfly lead biologist. She spends warm summer days researching the butterfly, planting native species, assessing habitat quality, and working alongside partners for a net positive effect to the habitat. No day is the same in her line of work and when stuck in the office, she is often leading the range wide working group, consulting on species take, and writing grants to fund critical research and recovery tasks. Sam was born and raised in New Hampshire and prior work includes studying three listed butterfly species for the NH Fish and Game, researching climate change impacts to estuaries for the Marine Biological Laboratory, and backpacking with underprivileged youth. Sam believes her love of the environment and strong desire for conservation is literally built into her DNA. Her conservation heroes are easy to pick out — they are her parents – the people who dedication their lives to teaching others about the beautiful world around us and eliciting a passion for conservation in the next generation. When not working, Sam can be found hiking, biking, skiing, and paddling across the great stae of Oreong with her husband, Perry, and pup, Tumalo.

Nature Matters, a lively conversation about the intersection of nature and culture, takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month from October through May. Nature Matters is hosted by Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in partnership with the North Coast Watershed Association, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and the Fort George Brewery + Public House.

Doors to the Lovell Showroom open at 6pm with food and beverages available via the Taproom window, talk starts at 7pm. All ages welcome and never a cover.

The Thursday Lecture Series is a reoccurring community lecture series every Thursday, October through May. Thank you to our 2023/2024 Partners –

1st Thursdays – Ales & Ideas w/ Clatsop Community College
2nd Thursdays – Wit & Wisdom w/ Philosofarian
3rd Thursdays – Thursday Night Talk w/ Clatsop County Historical Society
4th Thursdays – Nature Matters w/ Lewis & Clark National Historic Park, Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and North Coast Watershed Association

WHERE: Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane St. Astoria, Oregon 97103 Map