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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings are free and open to the public. All meetings are held from 7-9 PM in the Education Room at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on the third Tuesday of the month from January to May and September to November. The Gardens are located at 2150 North Alvernon Way, just south of Grant. If you would like to suggest or volunteer to give a program, please contact SEABA President Larry Fellows.

 

Upcoming SEABA Meetings:

September 20, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

 

"Moths: The Other Lepidoptera"

 

Speaker: Charles Melton, Nature Photographer

 

 

 

October 18, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

 

"How a Butterfly Gets Its Spots: Development and Ecology of Wing Patterns"


Speaker: Katy Prudic, UA Department of Entomology

 

 


November 15, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Dragonflies & Damselflies of AZ and Sonora, Mexico"

 

Speaker: Rich Bailowitz, Entomologist and Birder

 

 

 

SEABA does not meet during December.

 


Past Meetings

SEABA MEETING, May 18, 2016

Date:     May 18, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"eButterlfly, Members Potpourri, and Annual Election of Officers"

Our speaker: Kathleen Purdic, Ph.D.

 

Katy earned her doctoral degree in Evolution and Ecology from the University of Arizona. She is co-director of eButterfly, an online repository for sharing butterfly photos and checklists, and a resource to see which butterflies are flying across North America. She shared her butterfly adventures regarding eButterfly, conservation, and the role of citizen science in scientific discovery.
 

Many SEABA members are also accomplished photographers, so every year at the May meeting, SEABA invites its members to share a few of their own memorable butterfly images from past trips and outings.

 

SEABA also held its annual election of officers at the May meeting.

 

SEABA MEETING, April 19, 2016

Date:     April 19, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"The myths and realities of grassland restoration in SE Arizona and its impact on butterflies and caterpillars"

Our speaker: Jim Verrier, Desert Survivors, Inc.


This was an opportunity to learn about grassland restoration and its impact on butterflies and caterpillars. Jim is the Nursery Director for Desert Survivors, Inc, an associate researcher at the University of Arizona herbarium, and he is interested in field botany, local floristics, plant/insect relationships, and research.

 

SEABA MEETING, March 15, 2016

Date:     March 15, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Southern California Endemic Butterflies"

Our speaker: Fred Heath


In 2004, Fred authored "An Introduction to Southern California Butterflies" with photographs by the late Herb Clarke. As in writing any book, Fred learned much about California butterflies and what makes them special. One of the things about California is that there are over 30 butterfly species which are endemic or near endemic to the state. No other state comes close. Please join Fred as he takes you on an illustrated tour to see these unique butterflies through the seasons of southern California with the wonderful photographs of Herb Clarke. Fred will also have on hand copies of his book to autograph and sell with $5 of the $20 purchase price going to support SEABA.

 

SEABA MEETING, February 16, 2016

Date:     February 16, 2016
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Peru's River of Butterflies; Tambopata & Manu Reserves"

Our speaker: Priscilla Brodkin.


This presentation was an opportunity to explore the Amazon rainforests of Peru with Hank and Priscilla Brodkin, as they searched for endemic butterflies, birds, and even a jaguar. Priscilla lives in Carr Canyon, AZ, surrounded by the natural biodiversity of the Huachuca Mountains. Avid birders for most of their lives, they became butterfly enthusiasts in 1992. Their birding trips to Latin America turned into butterfly trips ranging from the Andes to the Amazon basin where they photographed thousands of butterflies, birds, and other interesting creatures. In 2001, they co-authored "Butterflies of Arizona, a Photographic Guide" with Bob Stewart. Hank also co-authored "Finding Butterflies in Arizona" with Rich Bailowitz, published in 2009.

 

SEABA MEETING, January 19, 2016

Date:      January 19, 2016
Time:     6:30 PM Social Time
             
7:00 PM Presentation
Place:    Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room


"Moths of Southern Arizona"


Our speaker: Jeff Babson.

 

Moths are the under-appreciated, usually nocturnal cousins of butterflies. Yet moths greatly outnumber butterflies and many rival butterflies in their beautiful colors and patterns. This presentation will introduce you to these remarkable insects.


Jeff Babson is a life long naturalist with a particular interest in birds, butterflies, moths, beetles and dragonflies. He owns Sky Island Tours, an environmental education and eco-tour company. He has led birding tours for Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and several birding festivals in southern Arizona (Wings over Willcox, Southwest Wings, Tucson Birding and Nature Festival). He has also taught classes and led field trips for butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and beetles. He lives in Vail with his wife and two children.

 

Please come and enjoy "Moths of Southern Arizona" presented by Jeff Babson.

SEABA MEETING, November 17, 2015

Date:    Nov. 17, 2015
Time:   6:30 PM Social Time
            7:00 PM Presentation
Place:  Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"The Ice Age and the Western Giant Swallowtail: A Geologic Perspective"

Our speaker: Larry Fellows.


Larry was born and raised in Iowa. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Later he was appointed as Director of the Arizona Geological Survey (a State agency headquartered in Tucson) and Arizona’s State Geologist in 1979. He served in this position for 26 years before retiring in 2005. Larry has 40+ years of photography experience and is currently serving on SEABA’s board of directors.

 

SEABA MEETING, October 20, 2015

Date:     Oct. 20, 2015
Time:     6:30 PM Social Time
              7:00 PM Presentation
Place:    Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Status of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in Arizona"

Our speaker: Gail Morris.
Gail coordinates the Southwest Monarch Study and is the Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist for Arizona and the West. She is also the Vice President of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. She has been involved with Monarchs for many years and shared with us some of her vast knowledge and most recent Danaus plexippus study findings.

 

SEABA MEETING, September 15, 2015

Date:    Sep. 15, 2015
Time:    6:30 PM Social Time
             7:00 PM Presentation
Place:   Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Butterflies of Eastern Ecuador"

Our speaker: Ken Kertell.
Ken began taking pictures of butterflies after moving to Tucson 8 years ago. He is a former park ranger and biologist in Alaska, Florida, and Utah. The photographs you will see are of butterflies he has seen in the Amazonian rainforest south of Tena in Eastern Ecuador, mostly between 1,500 feet and 2,500 feet of elevation.

 

SEABA MEETING, April 21, 2015

Date: April 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM Social Time
   7:00 PM Presentation
Place: Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"The Mata Atlantica; Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

Our speaker: Priscilla Brodkin.
Come & explore the Atlantic rainforests of Southeast Brazil with Hank and Priscilla Brodkin, as they search for endemic butterflies and birds. Yes, we have a few endemic hummers, too! Exciting locations include Los Tucanes, Itatiatia Natl Park, Intervales State Park & REGUA Ecological Reserve, among others.


SEABA MEETING, March 17, 2015

Date: Mar. 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM Social Time
   7:00 PM Presentation
Place: Tucson Botanical Gardens, Education Room

"Colombian Butterflies with Kim Garwood"

Our speaker this evening was John Rhodes, a long time member of SEABA. According to John he likes big cameras and rolling around on the ground when taking pictures. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications. At one time he was the curator of Butterfly Magic.

In the fall of 2014 John joined other SEABA members for a three week trip to Colombia with Kim Garwood. The object of the trip was to gather as many photographs of butterflies as possible in the Colombian Andes.

Tonight John will present the best of the best! Please join us.


SEABA MEETING, February 17, 2015

Date: Tues., Feb. 17, 2015
Time: 6:30 Social Time
7:00 Presentation
Place: TBG (Tucson Botanical Gardens, education room)

Once again SEABA was fortunate enough to have Rich Hoyer join us for a presentation of his trip to Peru in October. Rich is a Senior Leader for Wings and he and Jim Brock led a group of seven SEABA butterfliers on a "Birds and Butterflies" expedition to the Peruvian Andes and Amazon Basin. Butterflies and birds from 12,000 feet down to 1500 feet on the Madre de Dios river. By the end of two weeks we had a trip list of over 500 species of butterflies!! Rich will share photos of the amazing butterflies seen on this expedition. Please put this special event on your calendar.


SEABA MEETING, January 20, 2015

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Time: 6:30 Social Time
   7:00 Presentation
Place: TBG (Tucson Botanical Gardens, education room)

Elaine Halbedel and Karen Nickey attended the NABA Biennial Convention in Tennessee this past summer. They shared with us their experiences and photos of some of the colorful butterflies, "critters", plants and "interesting" bugs of Tennessee. Elaine and Karen, experienced butterfliers, enabled us to take a close look at what treasures live in that region.

 

November 18, 2014: Sue Feyrer, author and long time docent and photographer of butterflies at Tohono Chul Park

Sue Feyrer presented a talk on "The Journey: Butterfly Enthusiast to Butterfly Book." Sue is a long time docent at Tohono Chul where she has volunteered for many years. Instead of traveling to Bolivia or Brazil or Peru, we will focus on what butterflies are in our back yard. When she first started exploring Tohono Chul she focused on plants and then birds. As many of you know, once you focus on birds your next love-affair is with butterflies. SEABAn's love to visit Tohono Chul to see its excellent butterfly garden with a variety of host plants which attract local specialties. Her new book "Butterflies of Tohono Chul and the Plants They Love" is the result of picking her best photographs of the Tohono Chul Butterflies.

 


October 21, 2014: Jillian Cowles, North American Moth Photographers' Group

October Our October 21st program featureed Jillian Cowles, member of the North American Moth Photographers Group. She has been building a photographic database of plants and animals near her home (southeast of Tucson, AZ, near Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Cienega Creek Preserve.) With 18,000 pictures in her database she has logged about 350 species of plants, 600 arthropods, and a scattering of vertebrates. Much of her free time is spent searching through the University of Arizona Entomology collections and the U of A Herbarium to identify specimens.

Her talk featured the wildflowers of southern Arizona and their visitors - pollinators and predators that lurk on the flowers. Her photos included butterflies and other lepidoptera as well as several other groups of arthropods.

 

September 16, 2014: Carl Olson, infamous "Bugman"

Come listen to Carl Olson. He gives a great talk and we'll have a good time.

 

  

February 18, 2014: Jim Brock

Jim Brock, SEABA member, noted field guide author, researcher, and trip leader, will present: The Joys of Backyard Butterfly Watching.

Jim will give a brief history of his own yard, provide information on the best plants to include, as well as give tips on how to maximize your daily backyard butterfly counts. He'll also show some shots of his backyard butterflies.

March 18th, 2014: Priscilla Brodkin

Butterflies of Bolivia

April 15, 2014: Jeff Babson

Jeff Babson, Sky Island Tours
Butterflies and Their People: A Look at the Historical Figures on Whose Shoulders We Stand.

Boisduval. Behr. Scudder. Edwards. These names are legendary in the field of American butterfly study. This presentation will take a look at these figures and the butterflies that they studied.

May 20, 2014: Members' Choice