Miami Blue Quarterly Meeting
Sunday, November 2, 1 pm
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mile Marker 102.5, Key Largo
Susan Kolterman will speak on the butterflies of Key Largo.
After their presentation, we will take a short and leisurely butterfly walk on one of the trails.
Refreshments will not be served at this meeting, so pack a picnic or come with a full stomach.
Fakahatchee Butterfly Count
Saturday, October 11, 10 am
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland, FL 34137.
Meet Mike Owen and Marc Minno at Mike's office at the main entrance to Fakahatchee Strand in Copeland.
Head west on U.S. 41 toward Naples, then right (north) on SR29 for 2.5 miles, then left (west) on Janes Scenic Drive, following the curve to the right for about one mile to the Fakahatchee Ranger Station on the right about 200 yards past the 100 ft. tall Copeland fire tower.
Brush Up on Your Milkweeds
Florida has 21 native milkweeds, the larval food for monarchs and queens. Learn to identify them here.
Endangered Butterflies Listed
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will publish concurrent final rules in the Federal Register announcing the listing of the Florida leafwing and Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterflies as “Endangered” under the Endangered Species Act and designation of critical habitat for both species. Further details are in this news release.
Butterfly Walks at Fairchild
Most Saturdays and Sundays
10:00 am - 11:00 am
A White Peacock, often seen at Fairchild, courtesy of Bill Perry.
Meet at the Visitor's Center and join Linda Evans, President of Miami Blue Chapter-NABA, or MBC-NABA member, Trish Swinney, for a Sunday guided Butterfly and Plant Walk through beautiful Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Saturday tours are by MBC-NABA member Glenn Huberman.
Learn about the butterflies of South Florida and the plants on which they depend. Get to know the one acre Lisa D Anness Butterfly Garden for your personal butterfly garden inspiration.
What's New (or old, but still interesting) at Miami Blue
"Butterflies of Subtropical South Florida," Miami Blue Chapter's interpretive photographic exhibit, continues at Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center, Davie (3501 Southwest 130th Avenue Davie, FL 33330; 954-357-8797; www.broward.org/PARKS/LONGKEYNATURALAREA).
Photos courtesy of Ron Nuehring & Michelle Wisniewski
Several of North America's most critically imperiled butterflies occur in our own backyards. Habitat loss, natural disasters, exotic predators, and anti-mosquito spraying have taken their toll over recent decades. Our current focus includes supporting the protection of the remaining populations of the newly federally protected Miami Blue, Hemiargus thomasi bethune-bakeri, elevating awareness of the declining Schaus' Swallowtail, Papilio aristodemus ponceanus, and assisting the Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) to locate and track other on-the-brink imperiled South Florida butterflies such as those relying upon the few remaining intact pine rocklands, such as the Florida Duskywing, Bartram's Scrub-Hairstreak, and Florida Leafwing, among several others in South Florida considered declining and in jepardy. A list of Southeast Florida's species of concern, Rare or Endangered Butterflies of Southeast Florida, is on our Conservation page.
Thanks to Linda Cooper for her photo of the Florida Leafwing, and to M ichelle Wisniewski for images of Bartram's Scrub Hairstreak and the Florida Duskywing.
Our Federally-Listed Endangered Miami Blue
Thanks to Mickey Wheeler for images of the Miami Blue when it could still be found in the Lower Keys.
Here is where butterfly gardening and butterfly conservation show off their strong connection! Once thought extinct, now listed by FNAI as imperiled, and often ephemeral even at its best, Atalas can be menaces to rare cycads. A NABA project has designated point persons who receive Atala caterpillars and pupae on a routine schedule and arrange transfer to interested gardeners, as well as parks and natural areas, with viable habitat for the butterfly. The project has been mounted by Miami Blue and Broward Chapters, in collaboration with NABA member, Sandy Koi, Atala researcher, at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Interested? Read more on our Conservation Page.
About the Miami Blue Chapter
The Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association is located in southeast Florida and named after one of our rarest butterflies. Our chapter is working hard to meet the challenges of the 21st century as they apply to butterfly interests. The photos at the top of the page are of our rare namesake, the Miami Blue butterfly, and the only easy-to-reach location where they could be found until 2010, Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys.
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