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.

Note: for all field trips: Beginners are welcome on all field trips. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Leaders donate their time and expertise. High clearance vehicles may be required for some trips. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen; bring water, snacks, lunch, close-focus binoculars, camera, and field guides. Trips usually end mid-afternoon unless noted differently above. Please remember that no collecting is allowed on CAzBA field trips."

"Gas money: It’s kind to share gas expenses. Please be generous with your contribution to the driver!"

Upcoming events

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8/24/2019      Field trip: East Clear Creek with Kurt Radamaker

On Saturday August 24th, 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. Key species for this area are: Nokomis Fritillary, Afranius Duskywing, Long Dash and Northern Crescent (pictured). Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sacklunch. A pair of binoculars will be handy too. Trip leader: Kurt Radamaker (kurtrad at mexicobirding.com). Meeting place: Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30 am. We ask for a $5 donation per person. read more »

8/27/2019      Moth Night at Gilbert Riparian Institute (also known as the Gilbert Water Ranch)

Join CAzBA at the Gilbert Riparian Institute (behind the library in Gilbert on southeast corner Greenfield and Guadalupe) for Moth Night. After an educational PowerPoint presentation, Margarethe will set up white sheets illuminated by mercury-vapor lights at Honeybee Point, that will attract all kinds of insects. We'll have plenty opportunity to photograph and observe moths, lace-wings, arthropods, scorpions and more, and we will help you 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. If you have a black-light, bring it too, as we might find some scorpions! We ask for a small donation of $3 per person. Children 12 and under free. read more »

9/7/2019      13th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Please consider joining us at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday September 8th as we tackle our 13th 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 at Jade Grill 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 in 2011! 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. If you have any questions, please contact compiler Dr. Ron Rutowski at rrutowski@cox.net. Hope you can join us! read more »

9/28/2019      6th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count and training session

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on Saturday September 29th. and is looking for volunteers. Instructions and training will be given by Dr. Ron Rutowski on Tuesday September 24 from 6-7:30 pm at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale. Please save these dates, and email Amanda Comstock for more information at assistantcitizenscience@mcdowellsonoran.org read more »

10/15/2019      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 and the trend over the years, 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 »

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Recent events

7/20/2019      Field trip: Aspen Corner, Flagstaff, with Marianne Jensen

On Saturday July 20, Marianne Jensen will lead a walk at Aspen Corner off Snowbowl Road in Flagstaff. This is always a rewarding place to look for butterflies as you have a few environments including, Aspen stands, meadows and a tank. If you like to photograph other arthropods, there are always lots of interesting species. *Butterflies: we will look for higher elevation species like Northwestern (Atlantis) Fritillary, Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pine White, Boisduval's Blue, Melissa Blue, Arachne Checkerspot, Weidemeyer's Admiral, Hoary Comma, Garita Skipperling, Taxiles Skipper, Snow's Skipper... *Beautiful Day flying Moths: Police Car Moth (*Gnophaela vermiculata*), Ctenucha Moth (Ctenucha virginica), and Red Lichen Moth (Lycomorpha fulgens) *Interesting Flies: Robber Fly, Orange Tachinid Fly and Yellow-belted Tachinid Fly Meet Laura Miller at 6:30am at the Barnes and Nobel, 2501 W Happy Valley Road, just E of 1-17. The group will then carpool to Aspen Corner, where Marianne will meet-up at 9am. If you plan to go to Aspen Corner directly, here are the directions: from Phoenix, travel north on I-17 to Flagstaff. Connect with US180 and drive 7 miles north to Snowbowl Road. Turn right and head 5.2 miles uphill to Aspen Corner. Look for a parking area on the left along a split-rail fence. Wear sturdy footwear and dress in layers. We will not be hiking long distances, but the footing can be poor and we will be at high elevations. As always, bring a wide-brimmed hat, water, and lunch. We are into the start of the monsoon season, so be prepared for this. If the clouds and rain come early, we may have to eat lunch in the car. Carpooling from the meeting site is encouraged, and it is kind to share gas expenses. A donation of $5 donation per person to benefit CAzBA is appreciated. Contact Laura Miller for carpooling from Phoenix at lmiller133@cox.net. Email Marianne Jensen if you meet up in Flagstaff: ezpixels@gmail.com read more »

6/8/2019      Field trip: Tonto Creek with Laura Miller

Join CAzBA for a fieldtrip up north to Tonto Creek situated below the scenic Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson at an elevation of about 6000 feet northeast of Payson, This trip doesn't require a high-clearance vehicle; and there are numerous places to stop along the three-mile road that winds along uphill to the Tonto Fish Hatchery. Temperatures are usually in the high 70s up there in early June. Nectar plants we'll look for include Arizona Thistle, Blackberry, Butterfly Weed, Buckbrush, Watercress, Bergamot. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. Binoculars are definitely recommended. Carpool to burn less gas, and get acquainted with others who love nature - catch a ride, or offer to share empty seats in your car! Email trip leader Laura Miller: lmiller133@cox.net Meeting place: Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30 am. We ask for a $5 donation per person. read more »

5/25/2019      Dragonfly walk at Papago Park

Learn to identify some cool colorful dragonflies and damselflies such as Blue Dasher, Flame Skimmer, Red-tailed Pennant, Mexican Amberwing and Familiar Bluet. Easy 2 hour stroll around the lakes. Children welcome. Bring binoculars (close-focus preferred), water, and hat. Meet 10:00 am (yes: it might already be hot by then, but that's when there is the most dragonfly activity) at the bathroom building in the middle of the park. No reservations needed. Leader: Justin Jones read more »

5/4/2019      Members Garden Tour 2019 CANCELLED!!

Unfortunately this trip is CANCELLED for now! Before it really gets too hot, we are visiting Marianne's Desert Garden up in Northeast Scottsdale, to learn about different ways to make your yard attractive to butterflies, birds, and other desert critters. Marianne lives in a gated/guarded community so you will need to RSVP to get your name on a list to be let in. Contact her via email: ezpixels at gmail.com and she will send you directions!. read more »

4/13/2019      NOTE DATE CHANGE!! Field trip: Rackensack Canyon with Marceline VandeWater and Janet Witzeman

NOTE DATE CHANGE!! 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 4 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). For questions, please email Janet Witzeman at jlwitzeman@aol.com We ask for a $5 donation. read more »