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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7/29/2017      Field trip: East Clear Creek with Laura Miller and Ariel M.

On Saturday July 29th, 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 (male pictured), Afranius Duskywing, Long Dash and Northern Crescent. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sacklunch. A pair of binoculars will be handy too. Trip leader: Laura Miller. Meeting place: Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30 am. We ask for a $5 donation per person. read more »

8/19/2017      Moth Night at Boyce Thompson Arboretum with expert Margarethe Brummermann

Join CAzBA for Moth Night at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum close to Superior. Margarethe will have her mercury-vapor light and white sheet set-up, and she will help with ID-ing the moths and other insects attracted to it. We'll have plenty opportunity to photograph and observe moths, lace-wings, arthropods, scorpions and more. There will be a slide show in the lecture room, and a scorpion walk. 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. For non-BTA members, a $5 donation (per adult, CASH PLEASE!) to the BTA would be appreciated. read more »

8/26/2017      Visiting Butterfly Wonderland at a reduced price

Spend the afternoon with fellow CAzBA members on this special guided group tour to America's largest butterfly conservatory on Saturday, August 26st from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Meet at Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale (Loop 101 and Via de Ventura). Wear bright colors and bring your camera. Price will be reduced: $4 off regular admission. Butterfly Wonderland focuses greatly on education and providing an over-all amazing experience with over 2,500 tropical butterflies, featuring 50 different species and 3 different species of moths flying around in a 10,000 square foot atrium. The first experience is a 14-minute specially edited version of the movie, "Flight of the Butterflies", which is an educational documentary of the Monarch Butterfly's migration patterns. Next, visit the Butterfly Emergence Gallery, where you can witness the butterflies emerging from their chrysalis. After visiting the tropical environment of the Butterfly Conservatory, visitors can explore the Bee and Ant and Desert Creatures Exhibit or pet the stingrays in the Stingray Touch Tank. There are also 8 aquariums with fresh water fish from the Amazon. The gift shop offers a variety of specialty items for that butterfly and nature enthusiast. Make sure to register for tour: email Adriane at adriane@butterflywonderland.com read more »

9/9/2017      11th Annual Butterfly Count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Please consider joining us at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Saturday September 9th as we tackle our 11th 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 6 years ago! 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 »

9/23/2017      4th Annual McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting a butterfly count on September 23rd. and is looking for volunteers. Instructions and training will be given at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale by Dr. Ron Rutowski (date & time TBD) Please save these dates, and email us for more information: Melanie Tluczek at melanie@mcdowellsonoran.org) or Usha Tatini at utatini@yahoo.com. read more »

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Recent events

6/10/2017      Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater

On Saturday June 10th, we will hike a part of the AZ/Highline trail in pursuit of colorful butterflies. As the temperature rises, the flowers start to bloom higher and higher in elevation. Butterflies follow this nectar flow “up the trail” and June is a great time to check it out. Nectar plants like Penstemon (Moon-marked Skipper shown), Kaibab Pussytoes, Canada Violets, Fleabane and Dandelion are blooming. Other species of butterflies like to mud puddle at one of the three seeps we will visit. Yet others, like Arizona Sister and Satyr Comma, are mostly found perched on trees. Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sacklunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. The trail is moderately steep in places, but we will take our time. Trip leader: Marceline VandeWater Meeting place is Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30am or at the trailhead at 8:15am. Details to get to the trailhead: Drive to Payson, go straight at the hwy 260 intersection. After 3/4 mile turn right onto Houston Mesa Road. Cross all 3 "water crossings", and after about 8 miles turn left at the stop sign. The road now turns into a dirt road. After about 1 miles turn right towards Shadow Rim Camp and Washington Park Trailhead. Follow this road up for about 5.5 miles until the right turn-off to the Washington Park Trailhead (marked). Turn right here, and instantly turn left (signs again) and you will find the trailhead well marked. Please contact Marceline to let her know where you will meet: marceline@ermaroni.net We ask for a $5 donation per person. read more »

5/27/2017      Butterfly Walk at BTA with Dr. Ron Rutowski

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 »

5/21/2017      PLEASE NOTE: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! Tips on butterfly photography at Boyce Thompson Arboretum with nature photographer Lisa Langell

(We will reschedule this workshop for the fall). Lisa Langell will be giving a PowerPoint presentation loaded with little tips on how to photograph butterflies in their natural habitat. The lecture will be 45 minutes long followed by some hands-on practice on the beautiful BTA grounds. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. The program is free for CAzBA members, and $35 for non-members. It will start at 8:30 in the lecture room. If you're not a member of BTA, you do have to pay the $12.50 admission fee at the entrance... read more »

4/22/2017      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). For questions, please email Janet Witzeman at jlwitzeman@aol.com We ask for a $5 donation. read more »

4/8/2017      First time McDowell Mountain Preserve SPRING Butterfly Count

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be conducting its first Spring Butterfly Count on April 8th, and is looking for volunteers. (A complementary trainings session will be held at the Mustang Library in Scottsdale on April 4th). Please save these dates and email us at the Preserve for more information: plantmonitor@mcdowellsonoran.org read more »