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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


Recent events

11/15/2014      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 2015 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)
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10/29/2014      Butterflies 'n Beer @ Audubon Arizona - Note: THIS IS NOT A CAZBA ORGANIZED EVENT

On Wednesday October 29, you are invited to come to Audubon Arizona, Phoenix – where the popular “birds & beer” program for this month is dedicated to an evening presentation featuring butterfly expert Karen Oberhauser. This event is co-sponsored by the Southwest Monarch Study. The program is free; snacks and drinks by donations to Audubon Arizona only. Oberhauser’s a University of Minnesota professor in the department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology. Passionate about conserving the world’s biodiversity, she pursues connections with projects that unite monarchs, humans and the natural world (in 2013 she received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with citizen science). We all thrill at the sight of a monarch butterfly – join us Wednesday and learn why this iconic insect is in danger -- and how we can move beyond the documentation of decline to help save populations. Audubon Arizona is at 3131 South Central Avenue in Phoenix (85040), connect and learn more at https://www.facebook.com/audubonAZ
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10/23/2014      Butterflies of Colombia by Kurt & Cindy Radamaker.

Colombia has some of the richest species diversity on the planet, with over 3800 butterfly species and some 1800 bird species. In June of 2014 Kurt and Cindy Radamaker spent 3 weeks in Colombia with neotropical butterfly expert Kim Garwood photographing butterflies. The Radamakers will share some of the highlights of the many butterflies photographed and of course a few birds too!

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10/11/2014      2014 CAzBA Members Garden Tour 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 2014 on October 11, 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
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9/20/2014      Monarch Tagging in Canelo with Gail Morris and Adriane Grimaldi

WHEN: Saturday, September 20 – Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Sonoita - Stop time 12:30 p.m.

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

MEET LEADERS: 8:30AM at the Shell station on SE corner of Highway 83 & Highway 82 in Sonoita. There is an additional 1/2 hour drive to Turkey Creek.

TRIP LEADERS: Gail & Bob Morris from the Southwest Monarch Study and Adriane Grimaldi, Director of Education at Butterfly Wonderland will lead the trip. They are also Central Arizona Butterfly Association members.

FIELD TRIP: 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 20 people (including leaders). Nets are allowed but no collecting. 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 and learn more about Monarchs.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Mostly level but some uneven brushy and rocky areas

Pre-Register with Adriane Grimaldi at ah5150@yahoo.com. Only the first 20 people (including leaders) to RSVP will be able to attend due to permit restrictions. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAZBA will be appreciated.

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)... people are suggested to share gas expenses. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant; bring water, snacks, lunch, close-focus binoculars, camera, and field guides.
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