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Coming Events

Glancy Pineland Field Trip
Saturday, April 26
4:30 pm-6 pm

Join members of the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society on a visit to the Glancy Pineland. It is a chance to observe Pineland butterflies and moths during an easy walk on firebreaks. Please contact Patty Phares by April 25 for the address and directions and more information at pphares@mindspring.com.

Miami Blue Quarterly Meeting
Sunday, May 4, 1 to 3 pm

Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables, Florida

Miami Blue member and Fairchild volunteer Hank poor will give a lecture and PowerPoint presentation on microphotography of butterflies, in the Science Village classroom next to the Butterfly Observatory. Come early or stay late to visit the Butterfly Garden and visit with friends.

The entrance fee to the Garden will be waived for Miami Blue Chapter, NABA members.

Schauss' Surveys
May and June

The annual Schauss Swallowtail surveys take place on Elliott Key and north Key Largo, in which biologists and citizen science volunteers systematically and thoroughly search for this elusive and endangered species. To volunteer your time, contact Jeff Bach at JeffreyBach@dep.state.fla.us. For more information, email miamiblue@bellsouth.net

Key Largo Field Trip
Saturday, May 10

Joint trip with Tropical Audubon Society

Joe Barros will lead this trip to Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site, the largest remaining tract of coastal tropical hardwood hammock in the Florida Keys. Meet at 6:30am at the Cracker Barrel restaurant at US 1 and Palm Drive in Florida City. Bring water and insect repellant. There is an entrance fee to the botanical site. Lunch at a Key Largo restaurant.

On previous trips to this hammock, we have seen Florida Duskywing, Giant Swallowtails, Julias, Zebras, a Black Witch, Liguus tree snails, Mangrove Cuckoos, White-crowned Pigeons, and Black-whiskered Vireos. Schaus' Swallowtail is possible, but not probable.

NABA Biennial Members Meeting
Thursday, June 12 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
Chattanooga, Tennessee

NABA has posted the details here.

Coral Gables NABA Count
Saturday, June 28
9 am to 5 pm or a thunderstorm, whichever comes first

Join us for some citizen science on this annual NABA butterfly count. Teams will survey one of three hot spots in the count circle: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Kampong; Bill Baggs State Park; and the Charles Deering Estate. We need at least four observers at each location, so your observant eyes will be appreciated, even if you are a beginning butterflier (it's a great day for improving you identification and counting skills). $3 fee for NABA.

Volunteer at miamiblue@bellsouth.net

NABA's butterfly count FAQs

See the calendar for more details.


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.


Ongoing Surveys of
Imperiled South Florida Butterfly Species

Silver-banded Hairstreak
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 miamiblue@bellsouth.net


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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