Southern Oregon Butterflies

A painting to raise awareness is now raising funds.


Deb Van Poolen is auctioning off the original, four- by eight-foot painting of forty-two butterflies to raise money for the defense of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and other public lands of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion!


A Story of Biodiversity

The acrylic painting features local butterflies found within the Cascade-Siskiyou region, which is where the Cascade mountain range meets the Siskiyou mountain range in southern Oregon and northern California.

The paintings of the butterflies are based on photographs taken by local field biologist John Villella.  John suggested this project because one hundred thirty butterfly species have been documented in the Cascade-Siskiyous; in fact, this region is ranked as one or two in North America for butterfly diversity (tied with the Appalachian region which officially has first place by two butterflies).

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is the only public land nationwide that has been designated based on its biodiversity.  

Following the designation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2000, dozens of scientists contributed to reports about the need for the boundaries of the 2000 designation to be greatly expanded to be more in accordance with the area’s geography.  Shortly before Obama left office the boundaries were expanded from 65.000 acres to 112.000 acres.

How you can participate in supporting the Monument's preservation:

1. Bid on the original butterfly painting on ebay when the auction begins on October 4.  The auction will end on the evening of October 14 during KS Wild's Annual Dinner held in Ashland, Oregon. Please send Deb an email if you would like to be notified of the auction's beginning:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Buy one or more butterfly posters to learn your butterflies and spread awareness of the Cascade-Siskiyous' incredible biodiversity: poster

The Ashland Outdoor Store hosted an evening with the original painting and a discussion of the Cascade-Siskiyous' butterflies.

Butterfly Painting Auction: Oct. 4 thru Oct. 14