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


6/5/2021      Field trip: Colonel Devin Trail with Marceline VandeWater

On Saturday June 5th, 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, 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. (Alternatively if Tonto NF is closed for the month of June because of fire danger, we will go to Woods Canyon Lake) 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. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Limit 10 participants Register and reserve your spot here: cazba.ticketleap.com/cazba--colonel-devin-butterfly-field-trip/ read more »


Recent events

5/1/2021      Sunflower Valley Field Trip

We will travel up the Beeline Highway (State Route 87) first stopping briefly at Round Valley and then head to Sunflower Valley. This is a bit later in the year than we usually make this trip but is still expected to be interesting. In Round Valley we will view the damage that the vegetation sustained in the Bush Fire. We will see what butterflies we see there. Especially those who have visited this site previously will find this interesting. From there we will head to the upper end of the old and now closed Beeline Highway where it parallels Sycamore Creek, and walk down Sunflower Valley on the road about a mile to the old Forest Service work center. Some plants such as Ceanothus will hopefully be blooming and water could running be in some stretches of the creek. Potential sightings of interest include Two-tailed Swallowtail, Zela Metalmark, Juniper Hairstreak, Brown Elfin, Sagebrush Checkerspot, and other species. A donation of $5 per person to benefit CAzBA will be appreciated. Limit 20 participants Register and reserve your spot! https://cazba.ticketleap.com/sunflower-valley-butterfly-field-trip/ read more »

4/13/2021      VIRTUAL meeting with guest speakers John Weser and Danielle Carlock: "Plants, People and Pollinators at Scottsdale Community College".

We will have two presenters. Dr. Jon Weser, Director of the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife at Scottsdale Community College (SCC), will talk about the Center's 20-year history of involvement in ecological restoration, conservation education, and promoting the use of native plants for wildscaping. Then, Danielle Carlock will overview the Maricopa Native Seed Library at SCC, which she established to promote and conserve native plants and their pollinators. Together they will discuss how to use the seed library, some of the featured plants, and other parts of the project including demonstration gardens. Register in advance for this Zoom meeting: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvde-tqTwiHNUcqNcFQsgR-BidDtXzjIT8 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. read more »

3/9/2021      VIRTUAL meeting with guest speaker Lisa Ristuccia.

Lisa Ristuccia is the lead teacher at Fountain Hills Charter School where she helps students develop an appreciation of and love of nature. She will talk about her involvement with environmental education, the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, Flying Flowers Butterfly Garden, Eco-Schools, and the NWF Wildlife Habitat Certification program. Resources, grant and volunteer opportunities, and ways to get involved will also be addressed. Register in advance for this meeting: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwucOusrj8tH900l1ZKdp2FEOIbGqhdCHpE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. read more »

2/16/2021      VIRTUAL meeting NEW BOOK presentation by Phil McNally.

At this Zoom Meeting, Phil McNally (CAzBA board member), will present us his new book: "Butterflies of the central Arizona Highlands". The talk is titled: “The Mysterious Lives of Butterflies in the Central Arizona Highlands: How they got here and the strategies they employ to survive”. Register in advance for this meeting: https://asu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsdemtrjItGtZigmn8vVcQwgAxHOyW5xQk read more »

1/23/2021      VIRTUAL Annual Membership Meeting with guest speaker Chris Kline.

At this Zoom Meeting of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association, Chris Kline, one of the co-founders of CAzBA will give a presentation on how he moved back to Ohio and started the Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center in Rockbridge. This is also CAzBA's annual Membership Meeting where we will approve the 2021 board, have the treasurer go over the treasurer's report and talk about our plans for the upcoming year. read more »