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


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 »

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 »


Recent events

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 »

9/27/2015      PLEASE NOTE: Monarch Tagging in Canelo with Gail Morris tentatively(!) rescheduled for Sunday Sep 27

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 Meeting places and time: 1. 6:00AM at Fry’s Electronics at 2300 West Baseline Road, Tempe (nw corner of I-10 & Baseline Rd), at the parking lot close to Baseline Rd. in order to carpool down to Sonoita. 2. 8:30AM at the Shell station on SE corner of hwy 83 & hwy 82 in Sonoita. Please be prompt as Monarchs are flying and will be active at this time of day. There is an additional 1/2 hour drive to Turkey Creek. Approximate stop time: 12:30PM Trip Leaders: Gail & Bob Morris from the Southwest Monarch Study Trip description: This public trip will be a fantastic opportunity to 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 22 people (including leaders). Turkey creek is a very beautiful riparian area with possible water in the creek and has fields with many thistles in bloom; both of which will attract a variety of butterflies including Monarchs, Swallowtails, Queens, Ladies, Skippers and others. Last year on this trip we saw 24 species and tagged a number of Monarchs. 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 to learn more about Monarchs. Type of terrain: mostly level with tall grass and some bushes but uneven ground due to grass clumps. Some damp/wet marshy areas and in order to cross the creek it will entail walking through 6” to 8” of water for about 2-4’ in distance. Both sides of the creek are good and those who don’t want to get wet can stay on the near side. However, best results are obtained by venturing across the creek. To RSVP, please contact Gail Morris at swmonarchs@yahoo.com or 602-881-5052 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)... and it is kind to share gas expenses. High clearance vehicles may be required for some trips. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, or boots that can withstand 6” to 8” of water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant; bring water, snacks, lunch, close-focus binoculars, camera, and field guides. Please remember that no collecting is allowed. read more »