Meetings and Events

Spring 2018 Outing:

Our spring field trip will be Friday-Sunday, May 4-6.  This trip will highlight different sampling techniques including UV (ultraviolet) and MV (mercury vapor) sheets, UV traps, fermenting fruit baits, sweep netting, floral searches, and others.  If you have a sampling technique you would like to share, please do!

Exact field sites have yet to be confirmed, but we are striving for a “bugs without borders” theme that includes sites on the western border of Wisconsin as well as the eastern border of Minnesota.  Likely areas include 1) the blufflands of southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota and 2) barrens, bogs, and other boreal habitats of northwestern Wisconsin and adjacent Minnesota.

Please email Kyle ( if you might attend.  Please say if one or both of these areas appeals to you.  Final site selection will depend on member interest, how advanced the spring season is, and ultimately, the weather.  Final trip details will be coordinated by email, so remember to respond!

Fall 2017 Meeting:

Join us on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, November 4th for a day of insect fun and comradery!  Show up early (or stay late) to mingle with fellow insect enthusiasts or visit the collections.  The fall meeting will be held in Russell Labs Room 150 (1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706).  Lunch will be provided around noon (Glass Nickel Pizza Co.), followed by our annual photo salon- you can enter up to five photos. After this will be “Tales from the Field” by WES members, which showcases interesting and unusual discoveries from the current field season. If you have something you’d like to share- even just a few brief words, pictures, or specimens- please do so! (email Kyle or PJ).

Directions can be accessed using the interactive map below, or are published below the map.  Parking is available behind Russell Labs in the Lot 36/Steenbock parking ramp off of Observatory Drive.  The gathering will run from 10 AM – 4PM.

A rough schedule can be found below:

Noon: Lunch (Glass Nickel Pizza)
1 PM: Annual photo salon contest (bring up to 5 photos on a flash drive or CD)
2 PM: “Tales from the Field”: a collection of short presentations and stories from WES members. Feel free to bring a presentation, a few brief words or pictures, or even specimens to share with the group.  If you have something you’d like to share- even just a few brief words, pictures, or specimens- please do so! (email Kyle or PJ)

If you have any questions about the fall meeting, feel free to email Kyle Johnson or PJ Liesch.


Directions/Parking: Russell Labs is located at 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Free parking is located in the Steenbock Ramp behind Russell Labs (directly northwest).

Heading west-bound on University Avenue take the Babcock Drive exit (0.25 miles after the Charter Street intersection) and go straight through the stop sign (Linden Drive) and continue to next stop sign (Observatory Drive). Go left (west) 0.1 miles and turn left again (south) to enter the Steenbock Parking Ramp. Walk to the tall building directly to the southeast (Russell Labs) and look for signs.

Heading east-bound on University Avenue take the Old University Avenue exit (immediately after the University Bay Drive intersection). Continue 0.4 miles to Walnut Street; go left (north) for 0.3 miles to the round-about. Take the first right (east) off the round-about and continue just over 0.5 miles and turn right (south) to the Steenbock Parking Ramp. Walk to the tall building directly to the southeast (Russell Labs) and look for signs.

Summer 2017 Outing:

Join us at the Navarino State Wildlife Area (Shawano County) on Saturday, June 17 for a day (and night) of insect exploration and good company.  Navarino State Wildlife Area is located in Shawano County about 40 minutes north of Appleton, WI. The area features a wide range of habitats from dry oak-pine woodlands and sand blows to extensive wetlands, and mid-June we would expect a wealth of interesting insects and other wildlife. We will set up UV/MV lights and baits on Saturday night, and those interesting in camping may do so on site (let Kyle know as he will handle the special use permit). The nearest motels are located in Clintonville, Shawano, and New London.

We will initially meet at 9 AM in one of the parking areas on County Highway K 1.6 miles north of the junction with Highway WI-156 (44.65679°N 88.58124°W) and reconvene in the area late evening to set up for blacklighting. We will order pizza and wings for pick-up and bring to the site for lunch/dinner.

We may blacklight on Friday night as well, and have Sunday as an alternate day in case of poor weather. More details to come as the event gets closer, but be sure to mark your calendars now!

Looking for information about a previous meeting or outing?  Check out the Previous Events page.