At the end of the fieldwork phase of the
Massachusetts Butterfly Atlas Project (1986-1990), a number of the volunteers
who had discovered not only a lot of good butterflies, but also each other
as well, decided to form the Massachusetts Butterfly Club (MBC). During
the next few years, under Brian Cassie's leadership, the club sponsored
two or three meetings each year, field trips both in Massachusetts and to
butterfly hot spots further afield, and a periodical,
periodical, now published twice a year, features articles submitted by members,
excerpts from books, the 4th of July butterfly counts, and a compilation
of club members' butterfly sightings by species and by area for the year.
You may view back issues of Massachusettts Butterflies on our back issues webpage.
Riding a rising tide of interest in butterflies, a diverse group of butterfly
enthusiasts formed the North American Butterfly
Association (NABA) in 1992 to "meet the needs of recreational butterfliers
and to educate the public to the joys of butterflying." Since then, NABA
has continued to expand and improve its quarterly, American Butterflies,
added the new periodical, Butterfly Gardener, taken over coordination
of the 4th of July butterfly counts from the Xerces Society, and completed
the task of standardizing North American butterfly names. Bi-annual NABA
meetings include field trips, workshops, and slide presentations conducted
by well-known experts. Previous sites for the bi-annual meetings have been
in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, and Oregon.
In January 1995, members of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club voted to become
one of the first local chapters of NABA. This allows both groups to benefit
by sharing the knowledge and enthusiasm of the combined membership. At
the first meeting, an initial slate of officers was elected, and bylaws were
established. Officers are elected by ballot each year for a term running
from November through the next October.
In 2006, the club hosted the NABA Biennial Meeting. View photos from that meeting.
Information about NABA-MBC membership!