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Coming Events

Miami Blue Chapter Quarterly Meeting
Sunday, February 1, 2015. 1 - 3 pm

Castellow Hammock Park
22301 SW 162 Avenue

Speaker: Roger Hammer
Program: Native Larval Host Plants of South Florida Butterflies

Roger Hammer has retired as Miami-Dade County naturalist, but has not given up his passions for native plants, nature, writing, photography, and goofy jokes. Join us for an entertaining and informative afternoon.

The second edition of Roger's book on Everglades Wildflowers comes out soon, so bring your copy if you want it autographed.

Light refreshments will be provided. Come early and stay late to visit the butterfly garden and and hammock edge; something interesting almost always turns up.


The Nominating Committee Needs Your Suggestions

Send us your recommendations for 2015 Miami Blue officers. If you would like to participate steering our organization, sign up!!!

Miami Tiger Beetle Is in Trouble

It's another rariety lurking in the Coral Reef Pinelands that will not survive if that area is developed.. Read about it.and sign a petition for its protection.

 


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.

The Garden is located at: 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables Florida, 305 667-1651; www.fairchildgarden.org.


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).

Palamedes Swallowtails in flight Palatka, Twin-spot and Southern Broken-Dash skippers on thistle
Photos courtesy of Ron Nuehring & Michelle Wisniewski


Conservation

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.

Florida Leafwing Bartrams Scrub-Hairstreak Florida Duskywing female

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

Miami Blue ventral Miami Blue dorsal

Thanks to Mickey Wheeler for images of the Miami Blue when it could still be found in the Lower Keys.

On April 6, 2012 the Miami Blue was officially designated an endangered species, bringing South Florida the dubious distinction of having two federally endangered butterflies (the Schaus' Swallowtail was listed in 1984; read its story on our Conservation page). We now await news from the US Fish &U Wildlife Service about steps that will be taken in the management plan for the Miami Blue. If you want to bone up on the Miami Blue's decline, read Dennis' Olle's Fall 2010 article in American Butterflies. The Emergency Listing document for the Miami Blue offers extensive background on the butterfly's decline and can be found at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R4-ES-2011-0043-0002


Atala Relocation Project

Atala Atala larvae & pupae

Atala photos courtesy of Ron Nuehring.

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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