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The Celastrina Project

Oh, the beer and butterfly story, but it really is so much more.

The Beginning

As a mammalogist I frequently have my nose pointed toward the ground looking for traps, but on an occasion in 2011, when I peered above the dense mat of riparian vegetation I was fighting through, I saw a small blue butterfly that seemed to be hovering around wild hops. Knowing there were reports of a rare butterfly called the hops blue, I called my colleague over to verify what I was looking at. Well, after confirmation and a fewCelastrina poster after-hours beers discussing how to fund studies of rare invertebrates, our hops-infused ideas turned to breweries.

Pushing the idea, I approached Odell Brewing Company and they eagerly collaborated on a beer called Celastrina Saison. Odell graciously rewarded the idea with a donation...but it was a donation far exceeding our expectations, which we greatly appreciated, but allowed even more beer-induced creativity. These funds went on to start the early beginnings of an undergraduate lab that would study rare and lesser-known Colorado species (URLIC).

The Linda S. Hamilton "Conserving Colorado" Award

One of the early champions of such a research endeavor was Linda S. Hamilton. An alumna of Warner College of Natural Resources, Linda generously lent her voice to our crowd-sourcing efforts (below) , and supported it through her own generosity.

 

She liked the idea so much she started an endowment that now carries her name and provides stipends for undergraduate researchers executing their own conservation research.

URLIC Alum

Callie Puntenney (2014)
Occupancy modeling of the hops blue butterfly (Celastrina humulus)

Callie with Linda HamiltonCallie with Celastrina bottle

 

Rachel Maison (2015)
Celastrina humulus (hops blue butterfly) occupancy at teh U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rachel with Celastrina bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blaise Newman (2016)
Fluorescent powder tracking as a possible technique to understand Preble's meadow jumping mouse microsite habitat use

Blaise and Rob

 

Tristan Kubik (2016)
Facultative myrmecophily in the hops blue butterfly

Tristan with hops blue butterflyTristan presenting his work