Central Arizona Butterfly Association

Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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Events

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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11/5/2017      Tips on butterfly photography at Boyce Thompson Arboretum with nature photographer Lisa Langell

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 $35. It will start at 8:30 in the lecture room.Details follow when you register. Email Lisa at lisa@langellphotography.com read more »

11/18/2017      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 2018 Butterfly Calendar, field guides, jewelry and some butterfly related art on our "book table". 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 »

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Recent events

10/21/2017      Members Garden Tour 2017 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 2017 on Saturday October 21, 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 (tbd) 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 »

10/2/2017      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 »

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 on September 19th from 6-7:30 pm at the Mustang Library-Scottsdale by Dr. Ron Rutowski. Please save these dates, and email us for more information: Tiffany Sprague at tiffany@mcdowellsonoran.org or Amanda Comstock at assistantcitizenscience@mcdowellsonoran.org 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 »

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 »