The Crooked Garden
Dr. Pyle was very impressed with our 12,000+ sq. ft. [in 2009 it was expanded to 17, 345 sq, ft.] community butterfly garden, and told the curator that the Crooked Garden had the most volume of nectar plants, including an abundance of host plants, that he has ever seen, and "It [the Crooked Garden] is one of finest and loveliest butterfly gardens that I have ever visited."
most fortunate visit to the Crooked Garden was posted in Dr.
Pyle's BLOG as he traveled throughout the year of 2008 undertaking a historic
journey to find, experience, and identify as many of the approximately 800
species of butterflies as possible in the United States and Canada.
The literary fruits of this project were published by the
Houghton Mifflin Company as a book entitled Mariposa Road: The First
Butterfly Big Year. Robert Pyle was seeking as many species as he could
find of the nearly 800 butterfly species recorded in North America north of
Mexico, although the numbers were secondary to his in-depth encounters with the
butterfly fauna. To update Butterfly-A-Thon participants on his progress, Robert
Pyle sent regular updates from the road, that were posted
on the Butterfly-A-Thon blog.
Pyle founded The Xerces Society in 1971. The Xerces Society is a nonprofit
organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates
and their habitat. For forty years, the Society has been at the forefront of
invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and
the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
Including his newest book, Mariposa Road, he has published some sixteen books, including such butterfly classics as the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, the Handbook for Butterfly Watchers, and The Butterflies of Cascadia, as well as several award-winning literary works such as Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Walking the High Ridge, and Sky Time in Gray's River.