Events: Miami Blue Chapter at Key Largo Hammocks and Meeting

FIELD TRIP

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.

CHAPTER MEETING

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”
Erica Henry
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® and NABA team up!

 

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.

About NABA:
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.

About CamelBak®
CamelBak is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on CamelBak go to https://www.camelbak.com/.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information, visit https://vistaoutdoor.com/ or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VistaOutdoor/.

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Events: Field Trip at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park with NABA Hairstreak – Florida

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 d.mcelveen@comcast.net or (850) 841-0899 if you have any questions.

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