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Education – Student Chapters – Click here to find out more

(Sierra Sulphur photographed by our President, Jeffrey Glassberg in Yosemite National Park, Tuolumne County, California)

North American Butterfly Association Seeks Student Chapters

NABA, the largest single organization dedicated to the study and enjoyment of wild butterflies, is announcing the opportunity for butterfly enthusiasts at colleges and universities to establish Student Chapters. Institutions of higher learning foster environmental stewardship in the next generation, enhance butterfly research and work to engage communities on and off-campus. By partnering with students and their faculty sponsors, NABA intends to extend the reach of its mission and interface with today’s (and future) natural resources leaders.

Student Chapters will be integral to increasing butterfly counts across the continent, hosting field trips and inviting guest speakers to campuses across Canada, Mexico and the United States. These activities will highlight the conservation needs of butterflies in the face of intensified land use and other population threats. Creating and maintaining quality pollinator habitat will be an important undertaking for the new Student Chapters. NABA’s immense 30-year data set for butterfly populations will serve as unprecedented material to be analyzed through student projects.

Student Chapter meetings will be open to the public to improve the collaborative nature of gatherings. Membership benefits include access to NABA publications: American Butterflies & Butterfly Gardener. Students will be exposed to networking opportunities which will result in on-the-job training in butterfly identification, study design, survey techniques, data management and learning host plants necessary to complete butterfly life cycles.

Those interested in forming a Student Chapter should contact NABA’s Chapter Liaison, Laura Bianco at to receive sample bylaws and other information. The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is a 501 c(3) non-profit 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 Connect with us on social media @NABAButterfly.



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  1. We are a garden center in Bethlehem PA 18020. We have 2 Swallowtails nearly ready to chrysalis. The night temperatures hear have generally been above freezing. Tonight will be, also. Tomorrow night and the next night (Sunday and Monday) will be around freezing and then after that we may have a stretch of better night temps . If they decide to leave during the day will they be safe? We have kept them inside on Fennel so far but want them to be in their natural habitat for the winter??? Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Vicky, swallowtails overwinter in the chrysalis stage, and they can take months to eclose. My advice would be to find a good place to let them do this (pop-up mesh cages work well) and give them time, but no, they would not survive the cold temperatures outside.

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