Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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The Central Arizona Butterfly Association has a wonderful line-up of Meetings and Events for the upcoming year. Please check this page regularly for up-dates.

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6/11/2016      Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater

On Saturday June 11th, we will hike a part of the AZ/Highline trail in pursuit of colorful butterflies. As the temperature rises, the flowers start to bloom higher and higher in elevation. Butterflies follow this nectar flow “up the trail” and June is a great time to check it out. Nectar plants like Penstemon (Moon-marked Skipper shown), Kaibab Pussytoes, Canada Violets, Fleabane and Dandelion are blooming. Other species of butterflies like to mud puddle at one of the three seeps we will visit. Yet others, like California Sister and Satyr Comma, are mostly found perched on trees. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sacklunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. The trail is moderately steep in places, but we will take our time. Trip leader: Marceline VandeWater. Meeting place is Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30am or at the trailhead at 8:15am. Details to get to the trailhead: Drive to Payson, go straight at the hwy 260 intersection. After 3/4 mile turn right onto Houston Mesa Road. Cross all 3 "water crossings", and after about 8 miles turn left at the stop sign. The road now turns into a dirt road. After about 1 miles turn right towards Shadow Rim Camp and Washington Park Trailhead. Follow this road up for about 5.5 miles until the right turn-off to the Washington Park Trailhead (marked). Turn right here, and instantly turn left (signs again) and you will find the trailhead well marked. Please contact Marceline VandeWater to let her know where you will meet: marceline@ermaroni.net We ask for a $5 donation per person. read more »

7/23/2016      Field trip to Aspen Corner, Flagstaff with Marianne Jensen

On Saturday July 23, 2016, Marianne Jensen will lead a walk at Aspen Corner off Snowbowl Road in Flagstaff. This is always a rewarding place to look for butterflies as you have a few environments including, Aspen stands, meadows and a tank. If you like to photograph other arthropods, there are always lots of interesting species. *Butterflies: we will look for higher elevation species like Northwestern (Atlantis) Fritillary, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pine White, Boisduval's Blue, Melissa Blue, Arachne Checkerspot, Weidemeyer's Admiral, Hoary Comma, Garita Skipperling, Taxiles Skipper, Snow's Skipper... *Beautiful Day flying Moths: Police Car Moth (*Gnophaela vermiculata*), Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica), and Red Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha fulgens) *Interesting Flies: Robber Fly, Orange Tachinid Fly and Yellow-belted Tachinid Fly Please meet at 6:30 am at the Barnes and Noble on 2501 W Happy Valley Road just E of I-17 to carpool to Flagstaff. Marianne will be in Flagstaff already, and meet you at Barnes & Noble there around 8:30am. Wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers. We will not be hiking long distances, but the footing can be poor and we will be at high elevations. As always, bring a wide-brimmed hat, water, and lunch. We are into the start of the monsoon season, so be prepared for this. If the clouds and rain come early, we may have to eat lunch in the car. Carpooling from the meeting site is encouraged, and it is kind to share gas expenses. A donation of $5 donation per person to benefit CAzBA is appreciated. Contact Marianne Jensen to sign-up: ezpixels@gmail.com read more »

8/27/2016      Moth Night at Hassayampa River Preserve

Join CAzBA at the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg for Moth Night. We are fortunate to have Michael Wilson as our special guest again this year! After a presentation on insects, he will set up white sheets illuminated by mercury-vapor lights that will attract all kinds of insects. We'll have plenty opportunity to photograph and observe moths, lace-wings, arthropods, scorpions and more, with Michael to help us ID them. Judging by our prior Moth Nights, you can expect an event that will be great fun for families, kids, entomologists and photographers - just about everyone who enjoys a little adventure outdoors and after dark. Please wear closed-toe shoes and bring a flashlight or headlamp. A $5 donation will be appreciated. read more »

9/10/2016      10th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Please consider joining us at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday September 12th as we tackle our 10th Annual Butterfly Count. Counting starts at 8:30AM sharp, so arrive a little early. Meeting place: visitor center of Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The total count circle has a 15 mile diameter and we will conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. Volunteer participants will be assigned to a leader and will be working a part of the count circle area. For lunch we will get together at Jade Grill restaurant in Superior (or you can bring your own lunch). Here we will exchange findings & information. 79 species of butterflies appear on the Arboretum's checklist, while the record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during the same count 6 years ago! Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the BTA. The Arboretum is located on US 60, about 20 miles east of Apache Junction. If you have any questions, please contact compiler Dr. Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net. Hope you can join us! read more »

9/17/2016      3rd Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on September 17th. and is looking for volunteers. Instructions and training will be given at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale by Dr. Ron Rutowski on September 5th at 5:30 PM. Please save these dates, and email us for more information: Melanie Tluczek (melanie@mcdowellsonoran.org) or Brian Rea (sunreas@gmail.com) read more »

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5/21/2016      Tips on butterfly photography with Marceline VandeWater and Paul Kinslow.

Marceline VandeWater assisted by Paul Kinslow will be giving a PowerPoint presentation loaded with little tips on where to find and how to photograph butterflies in their natural habitat. We are by no means authorities on butterfly photography, but over the years, we have learned quite a bit about how to approach butterflies, composition (if they even give you a choice;-), how to deal with things like the depth of field, compensate for really dark or light butterflies, and other camera settings. The lecture will be 45 minutes long followed by some hands-on practice on the beautiful BTA grounds. We would like to limited this session to 12 participants, as we would like to give everyone enough attention. If we have enough people on the waiting list, we will organize another workshop later this year. So please RSVP to reserve a seat for this fun free program: marceline@ermaroni.net If you're not a member of BTA, you do have to pay the $10 admission fee at the entrance... read more »

4/16/2016      Saving Monarch Butterflies, One Garden at a Time - Steve & Julie Plath. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAZBA ORGANIZED EVENT!

On April 16, Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes Steve and Julie Plath, owners of Signature Botanica LLC. They will share how a carefully planted home garden can have a profound effect on this trend by providing a refuge and habitat for breeding Monarchs. Their nursery, in Morristown, Arizona, produces native plants for ecological restoration used throughout the state and provides milkweeds for Monarch Watch and Southwest Monarch Study. Location: Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5.00 donation is appreciated. read more »

4/16/2016      Field trip: Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman

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. read more »

3/12/2016      Field trip: Butterflies along the Beeline Highway with Ron Rutowski

Spring starts early in the Upper Sonoran Desert. By March many wildflowers are in bloom and on warm days the spring butterflies – Orangetips, Marbles, Spring Azures, Variable Checkerspots, etc. - are out in force. This month the CAzBA field trip is to Round Valley in the Mazatzal Mountains, just at the upper elevational limit of the Sonoran Desert. Here, there is stream-side riparian vegetation, stands of mesquite on the flood plain, and hillsides dotted with cacti and annual wildflowers, all of which makes for a rich and accessible butterfly community. This area is about 50 miles from Phoenix where the Beeline highway crosses Sycamore Creek, right before the road climbs to Sunflower Valley. We will explore a side drainage of Sycamore Creek where Variable Checkerspots and Empress Leilia will be common. After that, we will drive up to Sunflower and walk on the "old" Beeline to the ranger station. At the ranger station, we will sit down at the picnic tables for lunch. Sagebrush Checkerspot and Zela Metalmark are some of the regulars there. Please gather at the Denny's on Shea Blvd. in Fountain Hills at 8:30AM. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks/lunch and close focus binoculars. For questions, please email Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net. We ask for a $5 donation. read more »

2/13/2016      Meeting: presentation about butterfly farms by Max Shure

Max Shure, Assistant Curator at Butterfly Wonderland, will give a interesting presentation about Butterfly Farming and his recent travels to butterfly farms in Costa Rica and the Philippines. He will talk about the everyday practices that butterfly farmers do and how they get their pupa to butterfly educational facilities like Butterfly Wonderland. There will definitely be time to socialize with drinks and munchies provided. Meeting will be held 2-4 pm, at Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (On the NW corner of Oak and 64th St. (This is about a mile north of the Desert Botanical Garden) read more »