PEEC: Beautiful Butterflies & Behind Scenes Tour

Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are among the species expected to be spotted on PEEC’s Take Wing Butterfly outing July 8. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Two of the many Take Wing events that PEEC is offering exclusively to those who donate $150 or more to its capital campaign, are coming up soon and are sure to delight.

  • July 8, New Mexico butterfly guru Steve Carey will lead a trip to beautiful Hopewell Lake to spot 25-30 species of butterflies.
  • July 9, Charlie Walter, director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, will lead an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the museum’s collection. PEEC is raising roughly $1 million through the capital campaign to fund indoor and outdoor exhibits for the new Los Alamos County Nature Center, slated to open in spring, 2015.

The Butterfly Outing will meet at 7:30 a.m. at PEEC or 9:30 a.m. at Hopewell Lake July 8. Cary will introduce the group to 25-30 different kinds of butterflies (weather permitting) that occupy near-tree line habitats in northern New Mexico, such as greater and lesser fritillaries, blues, skippers, coppers, swallowtails, checkerspots and much more.

Butterflies have always been Carey’s passion, and he has published scientific and popular articles on these amazing creatures. Through countless walks and talks around the state, he has become New Mexico’s unofficial “Butterfly Guy.” On this PEEC tour, limited to only 10 participants, Carey will share his passion and knowledge for these beautiful creatures.

On July 9, PEEC will offer another Take Wing event, this one a private “Behind the Scenes” tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History’s Bioscience Collection of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, insects and mollusks.

Museum Director Charlie Walter will personally give the tour, showing participants some of the 30,000 biological specimens (which include 9,000 pikas!) and 70,000 geological specimens, as well as giant dinosaur bones, and the work area where technicians and museum staff uncover the newest discoveries. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque. The tour is limited to 17 participants.

Registration is required for both tours, and space is filling up. Donors of $150 or more to PEEC’s capital campaign can register online by visiting

 For more information about PEEC’s capital campaign and Take Wing events, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.


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