Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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The mission of CAzBA is to promote the enjoyment of recreational butterflying by providing educational, research, and recreational opportunities to schools and the public throughout central Arizona.

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Meetings and Events

Meetings are held mostly in the winter, and outdoor fieldtrips during the rest of the year. Depending on the temperatures, we will go to higher elevation areas to stay comfortable. Check our events schedule for details

Butterflying Locations

Click here for information on where to look for butterflies in Central Arizona


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Recent news

3/22/2017      Guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Our guided butterfly walks at Boyce Thompson Arboretum will start this year at the Visitor Center at 9 am on Saturday May 27 with Dr. Ron Rutowski and Saturday June 24 at 8:30 am with Marceline Vandewater. Dr. Ron Rutowski will lead again on July 22 and Aug 26 at 8:30 am, and Adriane Grimaldi on Sep 23 at 9 am, and Oct 21 at 9:30 am. These educational walks are included with regular daily admission of $12.50 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12. Children younger than age five will be admitted at no charge. read more »

3/22/2017      Put your garden on the map by certifying it with NABA!

Providing garden resources such as caterpillar host plants and adult nectar sources will not only attract but increase the production of butterflies, bees and other wildlife. You'll be amazed by the sheer number and uniqueness of wildlife that will visit the vegetation you steward and remain to reproduce there. Increasing development and excessive pesticide use has made creation of oases for pollinators critical. Get your garden certified! Together we can make the world a better place for butterflies and human beings at the same time. read more »

1/12/2017      In Memoriam: Dr. Ray Thomas MD

Ray Thomas was born in Dayton, Ohio May 16th 1921. Died December 21st 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 95. Ray served in the Army 12th Air Force in the China- Burma- India theater Air Cargo during WWII. He was appointed chairman of the General Practice Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital where he later served on the teaching staff. An avid hunter, SCUBA diver & pioneer of underwater photography and movies, Ray was also a passionate and educated collector of butterflies, artifacts, pressing irons & rocks. His zest for life inspired everyone lucky enough to know him. We will have a musical celebration of his life on Monday Jan. 16, 6 to 9 PM. at the Beatitudes Campus Life Center at 1610 W. Glendale Ave. Phoenix., AZ 85021. Friends and family are invited to come & share memories. Dress is casual. read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

4/4/2017 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Butterfly identification training at the Mustang Library by Dr. Ron Rutowski 
4/8/2017 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM First time McDowell Mountain Preserve SPRING Butterfly Count McDowell Mountain Preserve Scottsdale
4/22/2017 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Field trip: Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman 
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