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Copyright © Atala Chapter of NABA 2002
Atala HairstreakThe Atala Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) was founded in the summer of 1995. Since that time, we have held twelve NABA 4th of July Butterfly Counts, countless field trips throughout Florida and quarterly meetings featuring various nature-related topics.

Our mission is to educate the public about butterflies through butterfly gardening and conservation in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.

For more information about our local chapter, email Teri Jabour-Chapter President or Lana Edwards-Treasurer & Membership

Meetings are held at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center. Please check the meeting calendar for dates.

The address is 6301 Summit Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Directions to Pine Jog Environmental Center: http://www.pinejog.fau.edu/ContactUs/directions.aspx

See the count page for Butterflies We See in Palm Beach County ( butterfly count sites and typical/specific butterflies seen)


2017 4th of JULY NABA COUNTS

(See 4th of July Count for exact sites http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabaac/count.html)

  • Central Circle: 06/23/2018
  • North Circle: 06/24/2018
  • South Circle: 06/16/2018
  • Highlands Hammock Circle: 07/14/2018
  • Kissimmee Prairie State Park: Saturday, 07/07/2018
  • Okeechobee/Arnold Butterfly Garden: Sunday, 07/08/2018

The meetings are free and open to the public.

  • • November 16, 2017 Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The Program: Florida Friendly Landscaping with Laurie Albrecht, Environmental Horticulture Agent for Palm Beach County Extension Service/University of Florida/IFAS. Ms. Albrecht will present an overview of the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program and how we can practice “Florida friendly” principles in our yard to protect and conserve Florida’s water resources and environment.

  • • January 11, 2018 Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The Program to be Announced.

  • • March 15, 2018 Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The Program: Pollinators with Susan Lerner, President, Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Ms. Lerner will discuss how backyard gardens and native plants support Florida’s essential pollinators.

  • • March 15, 2018 Thursday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The Program: Pollinators with Susan Lerner, President, Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Ms. Lerner will discuss how backyard gardens and native plants support Florida’s essential pollinators.

  • • May 24, Thursday, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: The Program: Palm Beach County Butterflies. Chapter members will share their tips on how to identify our local butterflies that we see in natural areas and our yards. This program will prepare you for the upcoming counts as well as increase your enjoyment of butterfly watching.

  • BUTTERFLY WALKS Remember, for all field trips, wear walking shoes and bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water. Please register with Lana Edwards, Lana Edwards

  • • September 16, 2017 Saturday, 9:30 AM-12:00 AM Butterfly Walk, Delray Oaks Natural Area. This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Ruddy Daggerwing is prevalent in this shady hammock. Please note there are no public facilities.

    Delaware Scrub

  • •October 14, 2017 Saturday, 9:30 AM.-12:00 PM Butterfly Walk, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge. 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, Fl 33473. The refuge is 143,924 acres of remnant Everglades ridge and slough habitat. The highest numbers of butterflies are counted at the Refuge during NABA’s annual 4th of July butterfly count. Monarch, Queen, Soldier, many Sulphurs, and an abundance of skippers are seen. There are walking trails around the marsh and a boardwalk through the cypress swamp next to the visitor center. The Marsh Trail is about 0.8 mile with packed sand and easy to walk wearing tennis shoes or similar walking/hiking shoes. There are other grass levees to walk. The Cypress Swamp Boardwalk is about 0.4 miles. The car entrance fee to the refuge is $5. There are restroom facilities and drinking water fountains at the visitor center.

    Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

  • •February 17, 2018 Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Butterfly Walk, Gumbo Limbo. 1801 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Their Butterfly Garden provides habitat for many butterflies, even during the winter months. Zebra Heliconian, Monarchs, and Sulphurs are flying much of the year. The Butterfly Garden is near the Nature Center with easy access. There are paved and mulched trails to the Butterfly Garden and the Ashley Trail. Restroom facilities and drinking water fountains are available at the nature center.

    Gumbo Limbo

  • • April 14, 2018 Saturday, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Butterfly Walk, Pine Glades Natural Area. 14122 West Indiantown Road, Jupiter, Fl 33478. This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Pine Glades is 6,651 acres of wetlands and pine forest. There is a 1.5 mile paved trail and other trails are sandy. Some of the butterflies seen here are Black Swallowtail, Palamedes Swallowtail, Monarch, Soldier, and Viceroy. If we look closely we may even see a Great Horned Owl! No drinking water is available at Pine Glades, but there are portable toilets.

    Pine Glades Natural Area

  • SPECIAL EVENTS

  • • December 2, 2017 – Saturday 9 AM to 3:00 PM - Migration Celebration – Green Cay Nature Center, 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33437.

    Green Cay Nature Center

  • • January 13-January 27,2018 – South Florida Fair-Partner with PBC Native Plant Society

  • • February 10, 2018 – Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM - 18th Annual Everglades Day Festival - Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach Florida - U.S. 441/State Road 7 – 2 miles south of Boynton Beach Blvd.

    Everglades Day

  • • March 3, 2018 - Saturday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - NatureScaping at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408.

    MacArthur Beach State Park

  • • March 10, 2018 Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Natural Areas Day-Winding Waters Natural Area, 6161 Haverhill Road N., West Palm Beach, Fl 33411. Parking is located off Dyer Boulevard, 1/2 mile west of Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach

    Winding Waters

  • • April 27, 2018 Friday, Time to be Announced– Arbor Day at Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum, Fau Jupiter, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458.

    Tawny Emperor at Port Mayaca

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    Zebra Swallowtail at Juno Dunes Natural Area

    Tawny Emperor up close

    Mounts Botanical Garden Family Fall Festival

    NABA members at Port Mayaca/Rafael Sanchez Trail

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