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Elfin Magic: The Power of Curious Communities in Butterfly Conservationa

Sequoia Park Zoo

The Sequoia Park Zoo’s 13th annual Conservation Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 7:00 PM, hosted by the Conservation Advisory Committee and sponsored by the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. Clint Pogue will discuss how our community can support local butterflies in his talk entitled, “Elfin Magic: The Power of Curious Communities in Butterfly Conservation.” Lectures are hosted in-person at the Zoo and online through Zoom.

Humboldt County is home to over 70 kinds of butterflies. Many of these occur in our backyards, parks, and public spaces. To help address the ongoing global decline in butterfly abundance, we can leverage the curiosity and power of our community to make a difference. Humans have an ecological role to play on the landscape. By working with our human neighbors, we can care for our butterfly neighbors (and more!). Through the lens of the brown elfin butterfly, we will explore many facets of butterfly conservation and share multiple ways that we can turn our communities into butterfly towns.

Clint Pogue is a Botanist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is based out of Arcata, CA. His work focuses on butterfly conservation through the recovery of listed species and increasing butterfly abundance in general. Clint grew up in southeast Missouri and has lived in eastern Washington and central Michigan before moving to Humboldt County. He graduated from Truman State University in 2011 with a B.A. in Biology and from Central Michigan University in 2016 with a M.S. in Biology where he studied the habitat requirements of an endangered butterfly in the tallgrass prairies of the Midwest: the Poweshiek skipperling. Today, he lives in Arcata, CA with his dog Ette and in his personal time enjoys exploring the boundless world of music, woodworking, and serving as president of the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

The 2023-2024 Conservation Lecture Series will be held in-person and remotely through Zoom. The in-person lecture is located at the Sequoia Park Zoo’s Flamingo Room at 3414 W Street in Eureka, CA. In-person attendees can enter the Zoo through Gate C, located to the left of the main gate at the W Street crosswalk. Virtual attendees can watch on Zoom (where a free, registered Zoom account is required). The Zoom link will be available on the Zoo’s website at and through the Zoo’s social media channels.

The event begins with refreshments and a Zoo update slideshow at 6:45 PM. The lecture starts promptly at 7:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to ask the speaker questions after the presentation.


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