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.

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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.

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For more information, please contact Dave McElveen at or (850) 841-0899

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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.


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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!

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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.

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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

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Events: New Jersey Chapter monthly meeting 3/7

The North American Butterfly Association’s New Jersey Butterfly Club invites you to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30pm. Past president Joe Burgiel will present “2016 Year in Review,” a look back at the many programs, field trips, and events that members enjoyed last year. The meeting will be held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Education Center, 53 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960. All are welcome!

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Chapters: Florida-TAL Field Trip 3/5 Montezuma Bluffs

Montezuma Bluffs Field Trip – Sunday, March 5, 2017

The NABA-Hairstreak chapter will be exploring the Bluffs and looking for the target species, the Falcate Orangetip. Other species that will be on the target species list will include Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma.

To carpool, meet at 7:00 a.m. SHARP at the Village Square Blvd shopping area, at the eastern end near Newks Restaurant. We will take a short driving break at the home of Hairstreak Chapter members Sonny and Ginger Pinckard, who live just south of Americus, GA. We expect to arrive there around 9:30 AM. It’s just a short 30 to 45-minute drive to Montezuma Bluffs from their house.

If you would rather meet us at Montezuma Bluffs (Montezuma Bluffs Wildlife Management Area, Crooks Landing Road, off GA 49 North, Montezuma, GA 31063) we expect to muster and start the Field Trip from there at 10:30 a.m. Be at the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Take SR 49, 2.3 miles north from the town of Montezuma to Crooks Landing Road. The entrance will be on your left.

Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, water, and a lunch. For more information about Montezuma Bluffs:

Be sure and check our website ( to check on possible status updates. Look for a notice on the front page.

If you have questions, please contact Brian Lloyd at (850) 212-0058 or email him at

Chapters: Florida-TAL event Saturday 3/4

“Saving the Monarch: The Important Role of Local Agencies” presented by David Cook, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Scott Davis, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Monarch butterfly is a beautiful and iconic insect that has captured the interest and wonder of individuals from school-age children to university researchers with its annual fall migration from southern Canada to central Mexico. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) south of Tallahassee is the only site in the southeastern U.S. that is listed as part of the protected area network in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

As its first official event in 2017, the Hairstreak Chapter will have two local Monarch experts present the program. David Cook, the Invertebrate Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FL FWC), has been coordinating the Monarch tagging program at St. Marks NWR for many years and will discuss general Monarch biology, findings from the nationwide Monarch tagging program as well as from St. Marks NWR specifically, and current FL FWC conservation efforts on Monarchs. Scott Davis started the Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR (“Milkweed Tuesday”) and will discuss our area’s native milkweeds that Monarchs depend upon during their northward migration, the food and shelter plants that Monarchs depend upon during their southward migration, the current causes of milkweed decline and what is being done to reverse the decline, and what each of us can do in our yards to help Monarchs.

The location for this program will be Conference Room A in the Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. in Tallahassee. There is a social half-hour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Remember that parking at the library lot is NOT free after one hour.

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Events: Tallahassee Hairstreak Chapter 2017 Planning Meeting: Sunday, December 11, 2016

There will be a meeting on December 11th at 2:00 PM at the home of Dean and Sally Jue (3455 Dorchester Ct., Tallahassee) to plan our chapter’s 2017 programs, activities, and events. If you have suggestions for the 2017 calendar, please pass the information along to any of our chapter officers. Their e-mail addresses are on our chapter website at If you want to attend the meeting, please e-mail Dean at so we can accommodate you.