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

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 »

12/7/2016      NABA launches continent-wide Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN)!

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is launching the Butterfly Habitat Network (BHN); a new, continent-wide conservation initiative and would love to have your help. Using decades of accumulated knowledge from butterfly count data, natural history investigations, our residential gardening program and regional activities accomplished by the National Butterfly Center and more; NABA is scaling-up efforts to protect, enhance and create habitat specifically for butterflies. read more »

10/25/2016      CAzBA 2017 Calendar hot from the press!

Calendars are $10 each. The sales help CAZBA’s mission of butterfly education, research and appreciation across the Grand Canyon State. This is a small (8 X 6.5 inches) high quality calendar, featuring full color photos of butterflies with such exotic names as the Juniper 'Siva' Hairstreak photographed by Susan Beebe, Nais Metalmark by Marcus Watson, or Silvery Blues by Joyce Peters. Need a 2017 calendar; or maybe a thoughtful gift for a friend who loves butterflies? The calendar is available at CAzBA meetings, at the BTA gift shop, and can be mail ordered (email Laura Miller: Lmiller133@cox.net , $10 plus shipping (about $1.50). read more »

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Upcoming Field Trips and Events

2/25/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Monarch research and conservation update with Karen Oberhauser and Gail Morris.Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren, 2450 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale
3/25/2017 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Field trip: Butterflies along the Beeline Highway with Ron Rutowski 
4/22/2017 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM Field trip: Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman 
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