Events: Arizona-Central Chapter Field Trip 4/22

This Saturday, the Arizona-Central Chapter of NABA is going to Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

Meet at 8:30 A.M. at the southeast corner of the junction of the Cave Creek Road and the road turning off to Bartlett Dam (about 8 miles East of Carefree). Bring a lunch, water, and close focus binoculars. On a butterfly trip to this area in the same month 3 years ago, we recorded 28 species of butterflies, including the amazing Yucca Giant-Skipper. We will also pay attention to the wildflowers, with checklist provided…Difficulty: moderate (no real trails, rocky creek bed). For questions, please email Janet Witzeman at jlwitzeman@aol.com We ask for a $5 donation.

For more information about the NABA-Central Arizona Butterfly Association please visit http://cazba.org/default.aspx

Events: Joshua Tree Butterfly Count 4/23

Weather permitting, the Joshua Tree Butterfly Count will be held Sunday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participants meet at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center parking lot 7554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, California.
Come dressed for a day in the field. Bring snacks, water, sunscreen, and $3 for NABA count administration.
Also helpful are binoculars, field guides and cameras.

To RSVP contact Joe Zarki 760-366-8913 H, or Marilyn Lutz 760-367-5681 W, or email us at lutzarki1@verizon.net

Events: Georgia-Piedmont Chapter Outing April 8th

On Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, we look forward to a Spring outing led by Rose Payne. We hope to sight Zebra swallowtails that make their home in this area. Today, through the efforts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the 35,000 acre wildlife refuge hosts loblolly pines on the ridges with hardwoods found along creek bottoms an in scattered upland coves. Clear streams and beaver ponds provide ideal wetlands for migrating waterfowl. Wildlife populations have been restored, many in greater numbers than when settlers first arrived. Piedmont National Wildilfe Refuge now serves as a model forest ecosystem management for wildlife.

We want to extend a warm welcome to all of our members, both new and renewing as well as our friends, supporters and fellow butterfly enthusiasts.

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

Events: High Ridge Scrub Natural Area field trip

April 8, 2017, Saturday, from 9:00 AM-11:00 PM the FL-Atala chapter is heading to Field Trip High Ridge Scrub Natural Area. 7300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. The entrance is located on the east side of High Ridge Road, 1/2 mile south of Hypoluxo Road. High Ridge Road is approximately 1/2 mile west of I-95. This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). High Ridge Scrub is 39 acres of scrub and scrubby flatwoods. We will be looking for Zebra Swallowtails! Please note, there are no public facilities.

For more information about the NABA-Atala chapter visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabaac/

Events: Lower Suwannee NWR Butterfly Count

Butterfly Count at the Lower Suwannee NWR – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Come one, come all – join us for the 6th annual Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Nature Drive butterfly count.

Saturday, April 8th, (weather permitting), we’ll meet at the southern entrance of the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive for a full day of exciting spring butterfly fun in the refuge. We have now documented 86 species for the drive, and in past years we have seen 52 species on this weekend in one day. It’s always fun, and the refuge is especially gorgeous this time of year.

For six years, we have joined Barbara Woodmansee and our other friends from Florida in the annual Spring Butterfly Extravaganza.

The 9-mile scenic Lower Suwannee Nature Drive is located approximately 10 miles north of Cedar Key, about three hours from Tallahassee. The drive is on well-maintained dirt roads and the drive/walk within the Refuge itself to the best butterfly areas will probably last four to six hours. Bring insect repellent, water and a lunch in addition to the usual binoculars and cameras. Long pants are recommended. The nearest place to purchase food is in Cedar Key or Chiefland. There are no bathrooms on the Nature Drive and cell phone service is spotty.

This is an all-day trip and requires an early start. Carpooling from Tallahassee is recommended.

We will meet at the Village Square Shopping Center (Thomasville Road at Village Square Blvd.) near Newk’s at 7:00 AM. We will leave as soon as carpools are determined.

Directions for drivers: Take 1-10 east to the Perry exit. In Perry, take U.S. 19, Alt. 27, U.S. 98 (same road) to Chiefland. In Chiefland, turn right on CR 345. The road turns sharply left, and then watch for CR 330 (NW 70th St.) toward Fowler’s Bluff. The road becomes CR 347. Passing Fowler’s Bluff on your right, stay on CR 347 toward Cedar Key for about 8 miles. You will see a sign for the north entrance to the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive. Continue on for about four miles and you will see a large brown sign showing the south entrance to the drive where you will turn right to meet the group. We plan to arrive at 10:00 AM.

For a map: http://www.fws.gov/lowersuwannee/directions.html.

For more information, please contact Dave McElveen at d.mcelveen@comcast.net or (850) 841-0899

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

Event: Central Arizona Chapter Butterfly Identification Training 4/4

The NABA-Central Arizona Butterfly chapter invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 4, from 6-7:30pm for Butterfly Identification Training at the Mustang Library with Dr. Ron Rutowski.

Spring starts early in the Sonoran Desert and by April the butterflies are out in full force hovering over blooming wildflowers. Join Dr. Ron Rutowski, butterfly expert and professor at ASU, for a fantastic opportunity to learn how to identify butterflies common to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Are there white dots on the forewings and orange circles on the hindwings? Could be Pipevine Swallowtail (pictured). Are there small orange butterflies hovering over Desert Honeysuckle? Likely we’re looking at Tiny or Elada Checkerspots. This McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Field Institute presentation is designed to prepare volunteers to participate in the Preserve spring butterfly count, but everyone is welcome to attend.

RSVP to plantmonitor@mcdowellsonoran.org

For more information about the Central Arizona Butterfly Association please visit http://cazba.org/default.aspx

Events: New Jersey Butterfly Club monthly meeting Tuesday 4/4

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30pm. Mike Newlon will present “Butterflies of the South Carolina Counts.” One of the chapter’s best photographers will present his images of butterflies and other interesting sightings from the Frances Marion National Forest and Hobcaw Barony butterfly counts held in September 2016, including many butterflies that do not occur in New Jersey.

The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 353 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

Put Your Garden On The Map!

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/put-your-garden-on-the-map-by-certifying-it-with-the-north-american-butterfly-association-300401841.html

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