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2017-2018 Meetings & Field Trips

MEETINGS

Meetings are 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, 6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33415.  For more information contact Teri Jabour or Lana Edwards. Directions to Pine Jog Environmental Education Center: http://www.pinejog.fau.edu/ContactUs/directions.aspx

Please note that we alternate Field Trips and Meetings.
All meetings are free and open to the public.

  • November 16, 2017 Thursday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
    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 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
    Butterfly Diversity at Homestead Airforce Base with Sandy Koi.
    Ms. Koi, local butterfly expert, surveyed butterflies at the base over a 16 month period. Learn about the species that were documented, as well as the host plants used by these species.

  • March 15, 2018 Thursday 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
    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 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:
    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 butterfly walks, wear walking shoes, a hat and bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water.
Please register with Lana Edwards.
  • September 16, 2017 Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    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.

  • October 14, 2017 Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National 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.

  • February 17, 2018 Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    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.

  • April 14, 2018 Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    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.

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