Put Your Garden On The Map!

 

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MORRISTOWN, N.J., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The North American Butterfly Association’s Butterfly Garden Certification program is a wonderful way to let everyone know that your garden provides resources that increase the world’s butterfly populations. Thousands of individual homeowners and institutions are already involved! Butterflies are not only important pollinators, their caterpillars, along with those of moths, are the major food of nesting songbirds – no butterflies and moths = no songbirds. Providing garden resources such as caterpillar host plants and adult nectar sources will not only attract but increase the production of butterflies, bees and other wildlife. You’ll be amazed by the sheer number and uniqueness of wildlife that will visit the vegetation you steward and remain to reproduce there. Increasing development and excessive pesticide use has made creation of oases for pollinators critical. Encourage municipal officials to maintain and certify additional habitats. Incorporate schools, businesses, civic groups and others in butterfly management. Together, we can make the world a better place for butterflies and human beings at the same time. If we can save butterflies, we can save ourselves ® is more than a slogan – it’s the understanding that keeping sufficient space for wildlife will sustain people as well.

Specific requirements for certification include:

– At least three different native caterpillar food plants must be grown, preferably more than one plant of each selected species.

– At least three different native butterfly nectar sources must be grown, preferably more than one plant of each selected species.

– The use of pesticides is discouraged. Pesticides can kill butterflies as well as other important pollinators.
For a map of where North American Butterfly Association Certified Gardens are saving habitat for butterflies, click HERE. To certify your garden, please complete this FORM.

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is a 501 c(3) non-profit membership-based entity headquartered in Morristown, NJ. The organization’s largest project is the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX. Through an active Chapter system and engaged membership, NABA works locally to promote on-the-ground conservation work and institutes policy initiatives to further its mission. For more information visit http://www.naba.org. Connect with us on social media @NABAButterfly.

Events: Broward County Florida Chapter Monthly Meeting 3/14

The North American Butterfly Association’s Broward County Butterfly Chapter invites you to our monthly meeting  ‘Photo Night’ with Bonnie O’Leary on Tuesday March 14, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30pm. Members & Friends share their best photos of butterflies, eggs, caterpillars or chrysalis. We’ll also have an auction of native larval and nectar plants and refreshments.

Meeting starts: 7pm, social hour: 6:30pm at the Broward County Extension Office, 3245 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314.

For further info visit our website: www.browardbutterflies.org or email BCBCmail@gmail.com

Chapters: Georgia-Piedmont event Saturday 3/11 Panola Mountain State Park

The North American Butterfly Association’s Georgia-Piedmont Chapter invites you to join us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Panola Mountain State Park. We look forward to having Scott Anderson share his stories and pictures of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) National Butterfly Center. Ten years ago, NABA broke ground for what has become the largest native plant botanical garden in the US, established to advance our mission of conservation and education. Scott has been there and experienced it first-hand. Join us as he shares his experiences and takes us on a virtual journey to this magical place.

Note: $5 parking fee

For more information about the NABA – Georgia-Piedmont Chapter, please visit http://nabageorgia.weebly.com

Events: New Jersey Chapter monthly meeting 3/7

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. Past president Joe Burgiel will present “2016 Year in Review,” a look back at the many programs, field trips, and events that members enjoyed last year. The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. All are welcome!

For more information about the NABA – New Jersey Butterfly Club, please visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/index.html

Chapters: Florida-TAL Field Trip 3/5 Montezuma Bluffs

Montezuma Bluffs Field Trip – Sunday, March 5, 2017

The NABA-Hairstreak chapter will be exploring the Bluffs and looking for the target species, the Falcate Orangetip. Other species that will be on the target species list will include Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma.

To carpool, meet at 7:00 a.m. SHARP at the Village Square Blvd shopping area, at the eastern end near Newks Restaurant. We will take a short driving break at the home of Hairstreak Chapter members Sonny and Ginger Pinckard, who live just south of Americus, GA. We expect to arrive there around 9:30 AM. It’s just a short 30 to 45-minute drive to Montezuma Bluffs from their house.

If you would rather meet us at Montezuma Bluffs (Montezuma Bluffs Wildlife Management Area, Crooks Landing Road, off GA 49 North, Montezuma, GA 31063) we expect to muster and start the Field Trip from there at 10:30 a.m. Be at the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Take SR 49, 2.3 miles north from the town of Montezuma to Crooks Landing Road. The entrance will be on your left.

Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, water, and a lunch. For more information about Montezuma Bluffs: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/3224-montezuma-bluffs-wildlife-management-area.

Be sure and check our website (http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/) to check on possible status updates. Look for a notice on the front page.

If you have questions, please contact Brian Lloyd at (850) 212-0058 or email him at Blloyd@Lloyd-usa.com.

Chapters: Florida-TAL event Saturday 3/4

“Saving the Monarch: The Important Role of Local Agencies” presented by David Cook, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Scott Davis, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Monarch butterfly is a beautiful and iconic insect that has captured the interest and wonder of individuals from school-age children to university researchers with its annual fall migration from southern Canada to central Mexico. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) south of Tallahassee is the only site in the southeastern U.S. that is listed as part of the protected area network in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

As its first official event in 2017, the Hairstreak Chapter will have two local Monarch experts present the program. David Cook, the Invertebrate Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FL FWC), has been coordinating the Monarch tagging program at St. Marks NWR for many years and will discuss general Monarch biology, findings from the nationwide Monarch tagging program as well as from St. Marks NWR specifically, and current FL FWC conservation efforts on Monarchs. Scott Davis started the Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR (“Milkweed Tuesday”) and will discuss our area’s native milkweeds that Monarchs depend upon during their northward migration, the food and shelter plants that Monarchs depend upon during their southward migration, the current causes of milkweed decline and what is being done to reverse the decline, and what each of us can do in our yards to help Monarchs.

The location for this program will be Conference Room A in the Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. in Tallahassee. There is a social half-hour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Remember that parking at the library lot is NOT free after one hour.

For more information about the NABA-Hairstreak chapter, please visit http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/

Chapters: Broward Chapter Event 2/14

(Schaus’ Swallowtail, photographed by Holly L. Salvato)

“Sea level rise vs. host plant habitat enhancement for the endangered Schaus swallowtail Butterfly”

Speaker Jaeson Clayborn, PhD Candidate, Koptur Lab, Dept. of Biology, FIU presents his assessment for the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly. The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at UF has conducted ongoing scientific efforts to prevent the extinction of this endemic Florida race of Schaus Swallowtail, Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus.

The Schaus’ swallowtail or island Swallowtail is a species of American butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is found in southern Florida with subspecies in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, and Cuba. Historically it occurred in tropical hardwood hammocks from South Miami to Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida.

Meeting starts: 7pm, social hour: 6.30pm at the Broward County Extension Office, 3245 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314.

For further info visit our website: www.browardbutterflies.org or email BCBCmail@gmail.com.

Chapters: Panola Mountain State Park – Georgia-Piedmont

(Creole Pearly-eye photographed by Allen Belden: https://sightings.naba.org/sightings/5065)

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Panola Mountain State Park, please join us as we hear from Dr. James Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Porter will announce a major new discovery of the presence of three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies within Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, The Tallassee Forest. The presence of three virtually indistinguishable, but genetically distinct, species at the same time and in the same place is almost unheard of outside the tropics. Athens-Clarke County’s decision to purchase the Tallassee Forest with public funds and a grant from the Riverview Foundation has preserved a natural area that protects, not just rare species, but also a rare ecological phenomenon. Please also save the date for a butterfly walk on June 17, 2017, An Insiders Trip to the Tallassee Forest, Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, led by Dr. Porter.

Note: $5 parking fee

Chapters: North New Jersey Meeting 2/7


(Hessel’s Hairstreak, taken by chapter president Sharon Wander and her husband Wade Wander)

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to an exciting free program on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Please join us as Wade Wander presents “Persistence, Perspicacity, and Perspiration: All the Other Cool Stuff Seen at the NABA Members Meeting,” a whimsical review of the amazing array of insects, reptiles and amphibians, and birds photographed by New Jersey Butterfly Club members in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

For more information about the NABA – New Jersey Butterfly Club, please visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/index.html

Butterfly Habitat Network: Focus on Southern California


(Hermes Copper photographed by Ken Wilson earlier this year)

Lycaena hermes is the focus of today’s entry, where NABA hopes to establish managed habitat for the beleagured Hermes Copper who have suffered habitat loss due to wildfies in Southern California.

Here’s a great introduction to the Hermes Copper from American  Butterflies by Daniel Marschalek:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab213_4/ab213_4_Hermes_Copper.pdf

American Butterflies covered the natural disaster during 2003 closely, including this follow-up:

http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab133/ab133hermes_copper_thornes_hairstreak.pdf

Here’s the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service species profile for the Hermes Copper:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?spcode=I05C

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