Saturday, May 6 – Pine Barrens, Ocean County. Meet 9:30am at Lucille’s Diner on Route 539 in Warren Grove [DeLorme 57:M-24]. Those who want to eat breakfast there arrive earlier!! Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 69.Then take CR 532 West (Wells Mill Road) for several miles to where it meets Route 72. Cross over Route 72 onto CR 610 (still Wells Mill Road) and travel for 2+ miles to Route 539. Turn left on Route 539 and go about a mile to Lucille’s in Warren Grove. Hoped for butterflies include Hoary Elfin, Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin, Hessel’s Hairstreak, Sleepy Duskywing, and Cobweb Skipper. Leader: Chris Williams, email@example.com
Saturday, May 6, 6:30 am – 3:30 pm, $5
Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site
Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants
Tropical Audubon Society President Joe Barros and Miami Blue President Linda Evans will lead this trip to the largest remaining tract of tropical coastal hardwood hammock in the Florida Keys. Joe is bilingual, and Spanish speakers are welcome.
Meet at 6:30 am at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, located at US 1 and Palm Drive in Florida City, adjacent to where the Turnpike Extension ends.
Bring water, insect repellant, $5 for the park entrance fee, and money for lunch at a nearby Key Largo restaurant.
Sunday, May 7, 1 pm
Castellow Hammock Park
22301 SW 162 Avenue
Two scholars will share information about two rare Florida Keys butterflies of special interest to Miami Blue members:
“Monitoring and restoration of the Miami Blue Butterfly in the Lower Florida Keys”
Sarah R. Steele Cabrera
Research Technician, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
“Effects of Disturbance on Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreaks and their Host Plants on Big Pine Key and in Everglades National Park”
PhD student, North Carolina State University
Come, to learn, to socialize, to snack, and to see what’s fluttering in the butterfly garden.
You are invited to add to the refreshment table! Finger foods preferred. Ice, cups, toothpicks, and napkins are provided. Refreshments start about 12:45.
CamelBak® supports butterfly monitoring as part of Ditch Disposable campaign
MORRISTOWN, N.J.: CamelBak®, the inventor of the hydration pack, is teaming-up with the non-profit North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to increase awareness of its Ditch Disposable campaign. The effort is focused on reducing the amount of plastic in landfills by fostering use of reusable bottles and hydration packs. CamelBak has donated hydration packs in support of NABA’s field work to monitor trends in butterfly abundance. The packs will be supplied to butterfly counters as they traverse challenging terrain in warm weather conditions to document butterfly occurrences and population sizes. This will keep each user properly hydrated and help them leave no trace in the wilderness.
“NABA is committed to keeping the sites used by butterfliers and outdoor enthusiasts free of litter,” explains Marcus Gray, Executive Director of North American Butterfly Association. “The water systems provided by CamelBak will keep our members safe in the field & help more people access the great outdoors in a responsible manner.”
Butterfly numbers in certain species decreasing in recent years. The most familiar is the Monarch, which has declined approximately 90% over the past two decades. Each year, NABA staff and volunteers administer 500 butterfly counts across North America that involve thousands of observers. The information compiled is used by researchers and managers for butterfly conservation through habitat and policy programs. CamelBak hydration systems will hydrate the next generation of outdoor recreation participants while teaching proper preparedness for excursions and encouraging environmental stewardship.
The North American Butterfly Association will show appreciation to donors by providing CamelBak hydration packs to a limited number of supporters on a first-come first-served basis. The systems will get their first use in the upcoming Memorial Day Counts. For more information about how to get involved, please visit the event page.
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is a 501c(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.
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Field Trip: Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park – Saturday, April 29, 2017
Please join us for this half-day field trip to Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, one of the best local spots for seeing a wide variety of butterfly. The park is located in north Tallahassee. Some of the butterflies we hope to see include several species of swallowtails, Banded Hairstreak, Little Wood Satyr, Hoary Edge, Zabulon Skipper, and, of course, the Golden Banded-Skipper. Phipps Park remains one of the best and easiest places to see this rare skipper in the eastern U.S.
We will meet at 9:00 AM at Gate B. Turn west (left if you’re coming from downtown Tallahassee) on Miller Landing Road from Meridian Road. Go 1.2 miles and you will come to Gate B. We expect to walk between one and two miles. Please bring water and close-focusing binoculars if you have them. This field trip will end at noon and is suitable for families. Please contact Dave McElveen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 841-0899 if you have any questions.
For more information about the NABA-Hairstreak chapter, please visit http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/
(Hackberry Emperor photographed by our own Jeffrey Glassberg)
The North American Butterfly Association invites you to the initial meeting of its new NABA-Long Island Chapter on Friday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow.
Program: Powerpoint demonstration of members’ uploaded photographs of their personal Long Island butterfly sightings.
For further information and the link to add your photos to the NABA-LI dropbox contact Cheryl Bennett 516-695-8045 or email@example.com
This Saturday, April 29 is the Sandy Hook, Monmouth County, New Jersey field trip with our New Jersey NABA Chapter. Participants will meet 9:30am at the Horseshoe Cove Parking Lot [DeLorme 39, M-19] (Note Change in Meeting Place). Take Exit 117 off the Garden State Parkway, then Route 36 for about 13 miles to Sandy Hook. The Horseshoe Cove Parking Lot is on the right about 3 miles N of the entrance to the Hook. Stay in the left hand lane as you pass the right hand turnoff for Atlantic Drive (signified by All Beach Parking sign). Then exit right is just north of this right hand turnoff. There are restroom facilities next to Parking Lots B, C, D and E on the right hand side after you pass the entrance to the Hook. Hoped for species include Henry’s Elfin, Juniper Hairstreak, and Gray Hairstreak. Leader: Jim Springer
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 firstname.lastname@example.org We ask for a $5 donation.
For more information about the NABA-Central Arizona Butterfly Association please visit http://cazba.org/default.aspx
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 email@example.com
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/
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/