FIU Nature Preserve Field Trip
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 10:30-11:30
Join Miami Blue and the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society for a walk somewhere new (to us)..
This 14-acre environmental education facility represents the Florida Everglades with areas for Pine Rocklands, Tropical Hardwood Hammock and Freshwater Wetlands habitats. The preserve contains 452 species of plants and animals, including endangered and threatened plants. In addition, an organic garden incorporates a shadehouse, garden plots, fruit grove, meditation garden, and areas for compost, biofuels and aquaponics. While the preserve’s main purpose is to serve as an outdoor classroom, it also is a popular spot for relaxation and recreation.
The tour will be led by Ryan Vogel, FIU Nature Preserve Manager (just one of his many responsibilities in the Office of Sustainability). Ryan says there are many butterflies and other wildlife.
Difficulty: Easy, but some trails are not paved.
Directions: From SW 8th Street, turn south on SW 117 Ave. Turn east on SW 17 Street and pass one stop sign. Park on the right. The entrance is on the left.
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.
Ongoing Surveys of
Imperiled South Florida Butterfly Species
Photo by Ron Nuehring: Silver-banded Hairstreak is an imperiled species.
Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI) Survey of Imperiled South Florida Butterfly Species is our biggest in-the-field citizen science endeavor in the protected pinelands, hammocks and wetlands of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties -- as well as parks and gardens -- in search of two dozen species of concern. Our volunteer efforts and field skills make this three-year state funded effort possible. Our traditional NABA all-species counts add yet more to the butterfly population picture. More details are on our Conservation Page.
NABA counts are open to all and are posted on our web calendar. FNAI surveys are NOT posted on our public calendar due to restricted access to many of the areas being surveyed. If you are a NABA member, you love to go butterflying, you like learning about new places and rare butterfly species, and you want to learn more about FNAI surveys, please email email@example.com.
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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