(Georgia Satyr photographed by Jeffrey Glassberg in 2010 at Klots’ bog)
Today we are going to take a closer look at the three species that we will be targeting as part of the Butterfly Habitat Network’s potential satellite location in the Lakehurst, Ocean County, New Jersey area, Klots’ Bog. Want to help us preserve these species through direct land management? Join or Donate today!
(Georgia Saytr photographed by Tom Palmer earlier this year)
Neonympha areolatus is our third and final species of special concern in this landscape. Its eyespots are a major feature when identifying this species; you can learn more about them on the New Jersey NABA chapter page:
South Florida is the subject of this week’s series on the Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN) regional locations, where we have numerous species that are at risk and need our help. Two federally listed species have been mismanaged: Schaus’ Swallowtail & the Miami Blue. Their habitats were managed in ways that met other priorities rather than the butterflies (building picnic areas, etc). NABA’s American Butterflies publication has a great overview: http://www.naba.org/pubs/ab213_4/ab213_4_South_Florida_Imperiled_Butterflies.pdf
Let’s take a closer look at some of these species.
Miami Blue (Cyclargus thomasi)
One of NABA’s own southeast Florida chapters is named after them: http://miamiblue.org/. This gorgeous butterfly is also the current symbol of the BHN.
Pictured above, check out the WeButterfly beta page on this species: https://www.webutterfly.org/beta/Species/Details/1013 from that link:
“This species is in danger of becoming extinct, because its rock pineland habitat in southern Florida and the Keys has largely disappeared and because of the misuse of anti-mosquito sprays, which kill these and other endangered butterflies, and subject the people of the area to toxic chemicals that endanger their health and that of their children. Some treat this butterfly as a subspecies of Tropical Leafwing.”
Zestos Skipper (Epargyreus zestos ) – Unfortunately now extinct in this area
Sadly the Zestos Skipper has vanished from South Florida, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes they are likely extinct here. If we don’t act to conserve these endangered and threatened species, they may wind up like the Zestos Skipper! Here are some pieces from the Miami Blue chapter site on it:
Statement of Purpose
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is looking for regional representatives to establish an on-the-ground presence throughout the continent for the purpose of growing our membership and gaining traction for our campaigns.
Currently, NABA has 5,000+ supporters, but in order to accomplish our goals, specifically the mission defined by the Butterfly Habitat Network, to purchase and manage landscapes for threatened butterfly species, we need to grow that membership. That’s where the Regional Reps come in; we need to establish a local presence that can reach out directly at the grassroots.
Scope of Request and Outcome
A Regional Rep would serve a term of one year to focus on signing up new members and promoting NABA’s programs (Garden Habitat Program, Butterfly Count, Butterfly Habitat Network, etc.). They would be expected to work with their local area, and statewide/province wide if possible. The goal would be to sign up at least fifty members during that one year period. The relative success of reaching this target will determine the Regional Rep’s viability for the following year.
Terms and Incentives
Each Regional Rep would receive a yearly budget of $100 to spend as they see fit (the spending of which should be documented) to accomplish the scope of the request. In return, they will be given a free year of membership to NABA. If they are a current NABA member, the free year will go towards a renewal for the next available year.
Regional Reps should check in at least once a month with NABA administrators (email@example.com) to report their progress and claim any members that were signed up.
Please provide us with a brief introduction, and tell us about your history with butterflies. Your proposal should explain in as much detail as is possible what your strategy would be to acquire new members and circulate information about NABA programs. Please include which state you plan on serving.
Please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the best means by which we can contact you, but please also include a phone number. That said, we prefer the convenience of email too!