Nature Connection Series at WVU Core Arboretum

Everyone is welcome to come to WVU Core Arboretum’s woodland amphitheater for Nature Connection Series talks on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 this summer.

This week’s speaker is Sue Olcott, Retired Lepidoptera and Pollinator Conservation Project Leader at WV Division of Natural Resources, and her talk is titled West Virginia Butterfly Atlas: Preliminary results.

Natural history atlases are years-long efforts to answer the question of what species are here and where they are located. The WVDNR Wildlife Diversity Unit has completed several atlases since 2005 to help inform conservation efforts for a variety of species groups in West Virginia. Olcott will present the initial results of the West Virginia Butterfly Atlas that collected data from 2012-2018.

Susan Olcott was a WV DNR biologist from 1995-2022 with the Wildlife Diversity Program. She earned wildlife management degrees from the University of Maine (BS) and Frostburg State University (MS), and she is a Certified Wildlife Biologist. Her past work includes survey and monitoring for a variety of taxa including birds, dragonflies and damselflies, moths and butterflies, mammals, and plants; education work with school and civic groups; writing; and providing technical assistance to citizens. Susan retired from the DNR in February 2022, but most recently was Project Leader for Pollinator and Monarch Conservation.

Nature Connection Series is a series of public talks by local and regional experts on a variety of nature-related subjects at WVU Core Arboretum. This summer, talks will cover topics such as birds, trees, geology, elk in WV, butterflies, and many other things. These talks happen on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 at the WVU Core Arboretum Amphitheater, starting in early June and continuing through late August. The talks are free and open to the public, and no registration is required. All the talks are outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Talks will be canceled and rescheduled if the weather is inclement. Free parking is available at the Arboretum Parking Lot and the adjacent WVU Coliseum Parking Lot. The full calendar will be out soon and will be available on the Arboretum website at

The 2022 WVU Core Arboretum Nature Connection Series is supported by the WVU Department of Biology, the WVU Core Arboretum Endowment, and donations from the public. All speakers are volunteers. WVU Core Arboretum is Morgantown’s place for nature connection!

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