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.

Upcoming events

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10/15/2016      Members Garden Tour 2016 with Laura Miller

This tour was a huge success last year, so we will do it again! Join us on our final field trip of 2016 on October 15, as we tour some of our members' butterfly gardens. We will have a chance to see different interpretations of butterfly gardens. We will meet at Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale, at 9 a.m. to form carpools to travel around the valley. For more information please contact Laura Miller at Lmiller133@cox.net read more »

10/25/2016      Meeting: Evaluation of the BTA and McDowell Sonoran Preserve (MSP) Count and some difficult butterfly ID's

Today, Dr. Ron Rutowski will present the results of the BTA and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Annual Butterfly Counts along with pictures of all species seen. In a fun and informal way, he will compare similar species and species groups. There will be plenty of time for questions. You may even bring some identification challenges on a memory stick if you'd like. This will provide an opportunity for us to learn from each other, while taste testing Laura's savory homemade cookies and lemonade. read more »

11/19/2016      End-of-the Year Party

At this meeting we will evaluate our efforts, fieldtrips and meetings of the past year. We also will talk about the upcoming election of the board and membership related issues. Members and non-members will be able to show-off their most beautiful, interesting, cutest photos of butterflies, moths or caterpillars in a photo presentation. We will be selling our 2017 Butterfly Calendar, field guides, jewelry and some butterfly related art on our "book table". We will also trade host plant cuttings and seeds, and do our yearly raffle. 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 »

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Recent events

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 Wednesday September 7th at 5:30 PM. Please save these dates, and email us for more information: Melanie Tluczek at melanie@mcdowellsonoran.org) or Usha Tatini at utatini@yahoo.com. 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 »

9/4/2016      Annual Grand Canyon South Rim Butterfly Count

Gail Morris will be leading this count. The species numbers are a bit low but the number of monarchs is healthy - usually 55 or so the last two years - so there will be plenty opportunities to help tag them. Butterfly brochures are made for easy identification for beginners. We would love for the Grand Canyon Counts to continue even if we only have a few volunteers. The circles include the south rim and Indian Gardens and the volunteers will be divided into teams to cover different areas. Please let Gail know you are interested in helping with this count! Also carpooling might be an option. Gail Morris: gail-marie@cox.net 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 »

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 Meet Laura Miller at 6:30am at the Barnes and Nobel, 2501 W Happy Valley Road, just E of 1-17. The group will then carpool to Aspen Corner, where Marianne will meet-up at 9am. If you plan to go to Aspen Corner directly, here are the directions: from Phoenix, travel north on I-17 to Flagstaff. Connect with US180 and drive 7 miles north to Snowbowl Road. Turn right and head 5.2 miles uphill to Aspen Corner. Look for a parking area on the left along a split-rail fence. 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 »