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Bug Gathering?

Hi friends! I do not know if this is the right forum to make this inquiry…so please re-direct me if needed.

What does it take to organize a bug gathering? I got to go to the epic 2009 gathering in Washington. Now I live in the middle of a watershed, in the Oregon Cascades, at Breitenbush Hot Springs, and I am longing to share the endless hours of observation with others who are in to such things.

Perhaps there's already a gathering in the mix? If so, please let me know.

If you would like to help me plan a gathering, please get in touch. My email is

=) Best,

Leslie Hawes

Oregon Cascade Gathering 2019
Well here's a little update… upon looking at my schedule, I would not be able to be present to facilitate a bug gathering here until August, and it would have to be an unofficial gathering. However, the marketing director of Breitenbush Hot Springs is working with me to create an "official" gathering for next year. Hey, then we could poke around the shrubs all day and soak all night!! And ya'll could tell me what some of the mysteries of aquatic life are. It's pretty unique to be able to see what grows in a hot stream!

So, if anyone would like to camp in this area sometime this August, I'll be glad to connect…


Bug Gathering?
All right, friends! Thanks for the feedback and interest. I am going to work with someone here who is good at organizing events. I wouldn't be able to pull anything together any earlier than mid-July…will probably organize an event in August. If you want a heads up for planning, you can look up Detroit, Oregon. I live and work at Breitenbush Hot Springs, which is 10 miles East of Detroit. You can begin to explore what this area has to offer in terms of accommodations…give me some time to formulate a plan and you to formulate travel times!! In other news, ysterday I was hiking in the belly of a sitka alder grove and I spotted two red velvet mites WOW!! Such color. Also picked apart a little gal (from sitka alder branch) and discovered bright orange, ultra tiny worms?larvae? wiggling about. Also saw an unknown to me expression of fungus growing from the branches of an evergreen. Sorry, I'm still learning my evergreen trees around here (I hail from the desert, where I'm a big fish, but now live in this rain shed, where I'm a tiny fish!!) But it was a young tree, and the fungus was a single stalk growing from the branch straight up into the sky- maybe as much as 6" long! And a little fiery tip- not the kind of mushroom cap we're used to seeing. Sigh…so much to learn. Come learn with me!! More later…warmly, Leslie

One suggestion -- start early and start with basics
I do hope you are successful in getting a gathering together. Before you get too set with detailed planning, I would suggest you ask folks to post whether they would definitely be interested or able to travel to Oregon in August.

I wish there had been a gathering last summer. I've hardly met anyone from BugGuide, but I'd love to get to know some poeple in person (and get pics of western bugs). Just about any time before late July sounds good to me.

Bug Gathering?
I'm interested in attending a BugSwarm if possible this year.

What does it take?
Someone who's willing to lead and make decisions! :)

The only other mention of a 2017 gathering was this post in March.

Really it just means picking a time so that people can put it on their calendars, providing some information about the area and where people can stay, and scouting out possible good spots to visit.

Info/Planning from 2015 Wisconsin
There seems to be a fair amount of organization/scheduling involved.

Here's the thread from 2015:


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