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Shane Sater, Contributor
City, state, country:
Helena, MT, USA

I have been a naturalist for a while, but as far as insects I had only dabbled in butterflies until 2020, when I began focusing a bit more intensively on insects on the local stream restoration project where I volunteer, along Sevenmile Creek. Since 2017 I have led a bird survey project there for Last Chance Audubon Society and have also come to know the plant community well, so natural history of insects seemed like the logical next step. Since 2019 I have been volunteering to collect seeds of local native plants and introduce them on the site following soil disturbance by heavy equipment during the restoration work. As of 2021, "new" plants I have been part of introducing to the site include Populus balsamifera, Shepherdia argentea, Sambucus cerulea, Artemisia tridentata, Asclepias speciosa, Apocynum cannabinum, Monarda fistulosa, Agastache urticifolia, Cleome serrulata, Phragmites australis ssp. americanus, and Lycopus asper. (Here and elsewhere on BugGuide, I generally follow Lesica et al. 2012, Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, for naming of plant taxa.) I am passionate about natural history, biodiversity, restoration, and sharing nature with other folks. The various connections between insects and plants especially fascinate me. Over the next years I am excited to continue encouraging insect and plant diversity at Sevenmile Creek while inspiring others in my community to fall in love with the natural world as I have. I am endlessly grateful to all of you BugGuide editors and contributors for the ways that you help make insects more accessible to all of us.

My primary project right now is making observations of the insect community at Sevenmile Creek and sharing those observations with the public. I have compiled the first few years of observations into a guide, available here. In summer 2022, I will be starting a donation-supported natural history blog to inspire curiosity and share observations in more digestible chunks.

See here for more detailed information about habitats on the Sevenmile Creek restoration site.