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CNHP partners with Colorado brewer to save blue hops butterfly

May 13, 2013

A rare Colorado butterfly has brought the Colorado Natural Heritage Program together with Odell Brewing in a collaborative conservation partnership.

Colorado√Ę??s rare hops blue butterflyA novel partnership

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program, a program of Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources, has partnered with Odell Brewing to help support conservation efforts of Colorado’s rare hops blue butterfly (Celastrina humulus). Named after the rare hops blue butterfly, Celastrina Saison beer will debut May 18 and was brewed in honor of a novel partnership between the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and Odell Brewing Company to help conserve and fund research for this unique Colorado butterfly.

Odell Brewing will donate $1 towards CNHP’s blue hops butterfly research for every bottle of Celastrina Saison sold. This new beer will be sold across Odell’s 10-state region with a label showcasing the male hops blue butterfly and an explanation of the partnership.

Named after the rare hops blue butterfly, Celastrina Saison beer will debut May 18. Rare butterfly

The blue hops butterfly lives on wild hops and is only found in a handful of places around Colorado. It is one of many rare species that CNHP works to track and conserve in an effort to preserve Colorado’s natural heritage. CNHP is a non-profit organization that has been collecting and analyzing data on rare species and habitats in Colorado for 30 years, and providing information and expertise to promote conservation of Colorado’s biological resources.

Rob Schorr and Jeremy Siemers, zoologists with CNHP, first came upon the hops blue butterfly in Colorado Springs while conducting a biological inventory and later developed a research plan to monitor the butterfly and assess the prevalence of it and its host plant, the wild hops. The plan was unfunded. Last year, Schorr shared his idea with Odell Brewing Company and this collaboration developed out of a common goal of conserving this species unique to Colorado.

Celebration May 18

Odell Brewing and CNHP will raise a pint for butterfly conservation with the release of Celastrina during the brewery’s Tap Room celebration the weekend of May 18.

Colorado Natural Heritage Program

CSU’s Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) is a non-profit organization that has been collecting and analyzing data on rare species and habitats in Colorado, and providing information and expertise to promote conservation of Colorado’s biological resources.  CNHP conducts biological inventories throughout Colorado and the West and provides data to private, state, and federal partners, where it can guide management and conservation of species and their habitats. For more information, visit the website.