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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


9/6/2014      8th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Please consider joining us at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday September 6th as we tackle our 6th 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 in a local 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 4 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. Hope you can join us!
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9/17/2014      Meeting: evaluation of the BTA count and some difficult butterfly ID's

The results of the BTA Butterfly count will be reviewed along with pictures of the species seen There will also be additional photos of AZ butterflies to look at so we can work on some ID issues. This discussion will allow for time for specific questions about species and species groups. It will provide an opportunity for us to learn from each other about butterfly identification and identification challenges.

Meeting will be held 7-9pm, 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)

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9/20/2014      Monarch Tagging in Canelo with Gail Morris and Adriane Grimaldi

WHEN: Saturday, September 20 – Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Sonoita - Stop time 12:30 p.m.

TRIP LOCATION: Turkey Creek near the town of Canelo in the Forest Service Administrative Area (requires a permit to enter) which is approximately 15-20 miles south of Sonoita

MEET LEADERS: 8:30AM at the Shell station on SE corner of Highway 83 & Highway 82 in Sonoita. There is an additional 1/2 hour drive to Turkey Creek.

TRIP LEADERS: Gail & Bob Morris from the Southwest Monarch Study and Adriane Grimaldi, Director of Education at Butterfly Wonderland will lead the trip. They are also Central Arizona Butterfly Association members.

FIELD TRIP: Learn and to help, if you wish, to tag Monarchs and to view/photograph many other species of butterflies. This portion of Turkey Creek is in the Administrative Area of Forest Service Land and requires a permit which has a limit of 20 people (including leaders). Nets are allowed but no collecting. The road from Sonoita to Turkey Creek is a narrow paved road with some potholes. The final ¼ - ½ mile is dirt with possible washboard areas. Passenger cars should have no problem on this trip. Picnic tables are available for lunch at site.

Gail & Bob Morris/Southwest Monarch Study have the permit that allows access to this government site and we are privileged to be invited to join them and learn more about Monarchs.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Mostly level but some uneven brushy and rocky areas

Pre-Register with Adriane Grimaldi at ah5150@yahoo.com. Only the first 20 people (including leaders) to RSVP will be able to attend due to permit restrictions. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAZBA will be appreciated.

Things to remember: Beginners are welcome on all field trips. Carpooling from Phoenix to the meeting site is encouraged (it will take about 2.5 hours to get to Sonoita)... people are suggested to share gas expenses. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant; bring water, snacks, lunch, close-focus binoculars, camera, and field guides.
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10/11/2014      2014 CAzBA Members Garden Tour 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 2014 on October 11, 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
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10/23/2014      Bolivia by Kurt Radamaker

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Recent events

8/23/2014      Moth Night at Hassayampa River Preserve.

Join CAzBA at the Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg for Moth Night. We are fortunate to have biologist Margarethe Brummermann as our special guest again this year! After a presentation on insect identification, she 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 Margarethe 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.

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7/12/2014      East Clear Creek with Kurt Radamaker

On Saturday July 12th, we will explore East Clear Creek above the Mongollon Rim. Because of the high elevation (8000 feet), this canyon is best visited between mid-April and mid-October. It can be reached by taking a 6 mile dirt road off of Hwy 87, about 9 miles north of Clint’s Well. We will park the car where the road crosses the creek, and explore East Clear Creek and one of its tributaries, for a long list of butterflies including Long Dash and Northern Crescent, key species for this area.

Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sacklunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. Trip leader: Kurt Radamaker. Meeting place: Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30 am.

We ask for a $5 donation per person.
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5/17/2014      Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater

On Saturday May 17th 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 May is a great time to check it out. Nectar plants like Lemmon's Star, 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). Instantly turn left (signs again) and you will find the trailhead well marked.

We ask for a $5 donation per person.
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4/26/2014      Page Springs with Laura Miller

We will take you to a great wildlife area along Oak Creek. Two-talied Swallowtail, Zela Metalmark and "Siva" Juniper Hairstreak will be some of the species we will be looking for. Leader: Laura Miller. Meeting place and time will be 7 am at the McDonalds on Deer Valley Rd and I-17 (SE-corner) and carpool from there. Difficulty: Easy (Level dirt trails). Please bring a sacklunch.

We ask for a $5 donation.
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4/12/2014      Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman

Meet at 8:00 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).

We ask for a $5 donation.
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