While the Taylor’s Checkerspot Butterfly (TCB) larvae continue to slumber through the winter, TCB Project participants are busy working on several initiatives:
- At the Taylor’s Checkerspot Conservation Breeding Facility (TCCBF), 450 larvae are being monitored during their winter diapause phase. Many larvae in the wild perish during diapause, but we are cautiously optimistic that there will be lots of healthy larvae at the TCCBF for the breeding program or translocation to Denman Island Provincial Park in 2015.
- TCCBF Manager Peter Karsten is completing a comprehensive TCB husbandry manual and is working with Wildlife Preservation Canada to secure funding to hire a student to assist with butterfly care during the hectic breeding and rearing season. Peter, with input from various members of the Invertebrates at Risk Recovery Implementation Group and the Taylor’s Checkerspot Community Working Group, has also drafted several outreach materials (interpretive panels for an information kiosk that will be installed in the Butterfly Reserve this spring, a PowerPoint presentation, display posters, a TCB food garden manual and pamphlet for landowners).