Caitlin LaBar

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Caitlin LaBar, Advisor and Cartographer


Caitlin’s interest in insects began as a two-year-old roving her backyard searching for beetles and caterpillars.  Ten years later, her love of insects narrowed to butterflies and she began learning the names of local species, teaching herself the insect orders and butterfly families, and pouring over all the library’s insect books.  She earned a B.A in Geography from Central Washington University (focus in GIS and ecology) in 2006 and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Washington State University (focus in conservation biology, researching herbicide effects on prairie-specific butterflies) in 2009.  She now has a job as a GIS technician with a timber company in Washington, and spends her spare time photographing and collecting local butterflies, and working on various butterfly mapping projects.  Caitlin enjoys attending occasional field trips with the local chapter of the North American Butterfly Association and is a member of the Lepidopterists’ Society and the Xerces Society.


Check out Caitlin’s blog, Northwest Butterflies.