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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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 »

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. We ask for a $5 donation. 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). We ask for a $5 donation. read more »

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

On Saturday June 6th, 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). 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 »

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Recent events

1/9/2016      Annual Membership Meeting with special guest Katy Prudic co-director of eButterfly

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 9, from 2 till 4pm at the 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). We will discuss the 2016 board challenges, have the treasurer go over the treasurer's report and talk about our plans for the upcoming year. There will be lemonade and fresh baked cookies:)! Our speaker for the 2016 meeting is Kathleen Prudic, PhD (http://www.science.oregonstate.edu/~prudick/index.html). Please join her to learn about eButterfly, an online shared repository for your butterfly checklists and photos. eButterfly is also a community resource to see what butterflies are out and about in real time across North America. Dr. Prudic is a University of Arizona graduate with expertise in butterfly behavior and physiology. She finds herself back in Tucson and can not wait to share her butterfly adventures regarding eButterfly, conservation and the role of citizen science in scientific discovery. read more »

11/21/2015      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 2016 Butterfly Calendar, fieldguides, jewelry and some butterfly related art on our "booktable". 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 »

10/17/2015      Members Garden Tour 2015 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 2015 on October 17, 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 »

10/13/2015      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 »

10/3/2015      2nd. Annual McDowell Sonoran Preserve Butterfly Count

Note: this is NOT a CAzBA organized event! The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on October 3rd. and is looking for volunteers. Instructions and training will be given at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale by Dr. Ron Rutowski on September 30th 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 »