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Check here regularly for current articles and news items related to Central Arizona Butterfly Association, conservation and nature. If you see an interesting article please let one of our board members know and we will post it here

5/6/2021      Field trip report: Butterflies along the Beeline Highway by Ron Rutowski 1 May 2021

Fourteen fully-vaccinated butterfly enthusiasts journeyed up the Beeline Highway on Saturday looking for butterflies at two locations. The first was Round Valley which was hit hard last summer on the east side of the highway by the Bush Fire. We walked around for about an hour looking that the fire-damaged vegetation and saw only four species of butterflies: Marine Blue, Dainty Sulphur, Queen, and Empress Leilia. We then moved on to Upper Sunflower Valley where we walked down the old Beeline Highway to the Forest Service Camp. There we saw a few more species but still not a lot: Elada Checkerspot, Marine Blue, Acmon Blue, Queen, and Cloudless Sulphur. After a rattlesnake encounter early on, we encountered many small checkerspots and spent a good deal of time refreshing our memory of the distinguishing differences between Elada and Tiny Checkerspots. In the end, it seemed all we had seen were Eladas. Although this area was not hit by fire the lack of rain in the preceding winter and monsoon seasons meant the landscape was really dry with few nectar sources. Some birding was also done and was reasonably productive: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86860160. The day was warm with thin clouds, pleasant conditions for our first field trip since COVID hit and very welcome chance to get together and butterfly. read more »

3/10/2021      Spring Plant Sale at Butterfly Wonderland March 20 & 21

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20 9 a.m. to Noon Sunday, March 21 Visit our annual plant sale and choose beautiful spring plants to enhance your butterfly, hummingbird, and bee friendly gardens. Plant prices range from $10.95 to $21.95. New this year; “Grab & Go” Plant Kits with 1-gallon host and nectar plants. Grab & Go 4-packs available for $40, 8-packs available for $80. Our resident Master Gardener will be on hand to answer your questions and help you choose the right plants for your garden! read more »

3/8/2021      How to purchase Phil McNally's new book: "Butterflies of the Central Arizona Highlands"...

Phil McNally, who gave a presentation in February about his new book: "Butterflies of the central Arizona Highlands" lets us know that to order the book, one needs to go to centralarizonabutterflies.com. On the homepage there is a button in the lower right corner that says "Purchase Book". Or click on the "read more' button below. read more »

1/27/2021      Butterfly Ridge Brewmeisters - how to make homemade butterfly bait

Chris Kline, founder of Butterfly Ridge, Ohio, has been using homemade baits to attract butterflies for years. The process is fairly simple; make a banana/brown sugar/dark beer smoothie, add a little yeast and then let it sit there for a month or so. read more »

12/9/2020      Adriane's butterfly calendar 2021 sale benefits CAzBA!

Adriane Grimaldi, a CAzBA member, is selling her personally designed 2021 Butterfly Calendars for $20 each. Features Arizona butterflies! 10% of the sales from CAzBA members will be donated back to CAzBA. They make great Christmas gifts for a butterfly enthusiast. Add extra $5.00 if you'd like it mailed. Email ah5150@yahoo.com if you would like to order one. Paypal account is ah5150@yahoo.com or payment can be when delivered. read more »

5/18/2020      In memory of Tom Lazzelle...

One of our members Tom Lazzelle passed away recently. Tom had a dry sense of humor and was very interested in butterflies and natural history in general. He will be missed! read more »

3/25/2020      CAzBA president: Butterfly walk cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear CAzBA members and supporters: CAzBA has a butterflying trip to the Superstitions scheduled for 28 March. Please note that trip has been cancelled. Although these trips are outside – a relatively safe place to be – the expected number of participants and other factors make it unlikely we can run it in a way that conforms to CDC guidelines for minimizing transmission of the COVID-19. Hence, we will not lead a trip to the Superstitions this month. This trip was to be the first of our monthly trips for 2020. We hope conditions will change so that we can safely run future trips but please check for updates on those trips on our website (cazba.org) and on our Facebook page. I am sure many of you saw the email recently sent to NABA members, but, if not, I have appended it below this note. It promotes getting out and butterflying, obviously alone or in very small groups, during this time when many of us are “sheltering-in-place.” I fully endorse this. On a trip to the Mazatzals last week I counted 16 species and I was not trying all that hard. It was a wonderful antidote to the stresses of this difficult time. Stay safe and healthy. Ron Rutowski President, Central Arizona Butterfly Association ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Bond with Butterflies. Everyone here at NABA hopes that everyone, including all NABA members, stays safe during these difficult times. The advice being given to slow the spread of Covid-19, is to stay home. While this is good and important advice, what is really meant is to avoid contact with other people, and the best way for most people to do this is to stay home – don't go to the supermarket, don't visit other people. However, as butterfliers, you have another option – go butterflying! Yes, this is a good time to visit natural areas where there will be few, if any, people. If you do encounter people in a large natural area, it will be easy to avoid contact with them. And, because automobile traffic is almost non-existent, you may be able to roam farther afield than you could have when slowed by traffic. In addition, there may be close family members that live with you -- a spouse, children, parents -- who haven't completely shared your enthusiasm for butterflying. This is an opportunity (one that we wish we didn't have) to encourage them to get out of the house and join you in your pursuit of natural beauty. So, to revisit, maybe you can bond with butterflies and bond with family members at the same time! Consider your safety; consider the safety of others. read more »

3/10/2020      Butterfly Wonderland: Bring Back the Pollinators – Spring Plant Sale

Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 9am-4pm in Courtyard. Take home beautiful spring plants to boost your seasonal butterfly, hummingbird and bee friendly gardens. Ask a Master Gardener questions about starting a butterfly garden. The Nature Conservancy will have a booth. Plant prices range from $9.95 to $19.95, with proceeds benefiting the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation. read more »

1/5/2020      The 2020 CAzBA Calendar is not to be missed!

Calendars are $10 each. The sales help CAZBA’s mission of butterfly education, research and appreciation across the Grand Canyon State. This is a small (8 X 6.5 inches) high quality calendar, featuring 13 full color photos of butterflies. Need a 2020 calendar; or maybe a thoughtful gift for a friend who loves butterflies? The calendar is available at CAzBA meetings, at the BTA gift shop, and can be mail ordered (email Laura Miller: Lmiller133@cox.net , $10 each plus shipping (about $1.50). read more »

12/5/2019      Judge Blocks Construction of Privately-Funded Border Wall to Protect Butterfly Sanctuary

Judge Blocks Construction of Privately-Funded Border Wall to Protect Butterfly Sanctuary read more »