Butterfly & Bird Day Schedule

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center
22301 SW 162 Ave., Miami, Florida, 33170


7:30 am – Bird Walk

Tropical Audubon Society trip leaders will take participants around the property in search of resident birds and migrants.

Bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes (the trail through the hammock is rocky and uneven).

9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Activities throughout the Day

* Children’s Activities
* Informational booths
* Plant and book sales – Bring cash or checks; vendors will not accept credit cards
* Mini-walks in the butterfly garden
* Food truck

9:30 – 10-30 am – Program

“Miami’s Backyard Birds”
Brian Raposa

Learn about the great variety of birds that one may encounter in Miami’s residential areas, including year-round residents, visiting breeders, migrants, winter visitors, irruptives and introduced species. Brian will also discuss ways to help protect these birds, in particular how to make backyards more attractive to birds.

Brian Rapoza is an environmental science teacher, outreach specialist and internship coordinator at MAST Academy, the Maritime & Science Technology Senior High in Miami. He has served as Tropical Audubon Society Field Trip Coordinator since joining the society’s board in 2001. In this role, he leads birding field trips throughout Florida, the U.S. and the Neotropics. Brian is the author of Birding Florida, a bird-finding guide to more than 200 locations throughout the state. Since 2001, he has also served as the Christmas Bird Counts compiler for both Miami-Dade and Coot Bay/Everglades National Park.

10:30 – 11: am – Hammock Walk

Explore Castellow’s hardwood hammock with a parks department expert. Wear sturdy shoes (no flip-flops, or you will flip and flop over a root). The hammock trail is rocky, and many roots cross it.

11:00 am – 12:00 noon – Program

“Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida”
Roger Hammer

Roger L. Hammer is an award-winning professional naturalist, author, botanist, and photographer who offers entertaining and informative programs to orchid societies, garden clubs, butterfly organizations, Audubon societies, environmental groups, botanical gardens, and civic organizations. More

12:30 – 1:30 pm – Program

“How Butterflies Work – and How They Survive”
Rick Cech

The durability of butterflies over millions of years poses a challenge to those who believe that “survival of the fittest” is solely a matter of tooth and claw – two biological features conspicuously absent in butterflies. Our cultural images of butterflies reflect an age-old fascination with their improbable existence. And while our myths and folklore are of little direct use in understanding butterfly biology, they do reflect some unexpected insights into the subtle adaptations that have propelled this unique class of organisms through the millennia. Join butterfly author and photographer Rick Cech to unravel this interesting and entertaining riddle.

A active field naturalist since childhood, also now a natural history author and photographer, Rick Cech is an affiliate curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Entomology. He is the principal author and and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: an Observer’s Guide, and wrote “A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area.” Rick co-authored the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida. His recent works include editing and photography for the IApp “Audubon Butterflies – A Field Guide to North American Butterflies,” and development of the FoldingGuides regional butterfly series.

1:30 – 2:00 pm – Hammock Walk

Explore Castellow’s hardwood hammock with a parks department expert. Wear sturdy shoes (no flip-flops, or you will flip and flop over a root). The hammock trail is rocky, and many roots cross it.

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Program

“BIrding and Endangered Butterflies of Biscayne National Park”
Elsa Alvear

Elsa Alvear is the Chief of Resource Management of Biscayne National Park, managing the natural and cultural resource programs near Miami, Florida. She deals with endangered species, coral reef and seagrass restoration from vessel groundings, water quality, fisheries management, and is the park lead on a proposed new management plan with far-reaching marine conservation issues. She did her master’s thesis on timing of nesting of Roseate Spoonbills compared to water management regimes in Everglades National Park. On her free time, she volunteers for Wildlife Rescue of Dade County, the Cape Florida Banding Station, and other national parks, and loves to travel to go birding.

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Program

“The History of Natural History: A Participants Perspective”
Presented in memory of Elane Nuehring
Presented by Rick Cech:

* Older than science …
* more powerful than medieval scholasticism …
* able to leap deep rifts between knowledge and experience in a single Bound!

It’s natural history, a durable folk tradition dating back to the early Renaissance, whose guiding principles have descended through the ages by word of mouth, providing continued enjoyment and edification. Much of our detailed knowledge of modern biological science can trace its roots to curious meanderings in the field, both now and long ago. Rick Cech will discuss our membership in this noble pursuit, which must rank as one of humanity’s more unlikely–and yet most splendid–masterworks.