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2019-2020 Meetings & Field Trips

*Please note that we are alternating Meetings and Butterfly Walks/Field Trips this year. Check the schedule below for dates.

Meetings are 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM at Mounts Auditorium/Mounts Botanical Garden, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, Fl 33415. The Mounts Auditorium is at the front of the Garden at the Military Trail entrance. Directions to Mounts Botanical Gardenhttps://www.mounts.org/visit-mounts/how-to-get-to-mounts/.  

For more information contact Teri Jabour at tljabour@comcast.net or Lana Edwards atala613@bellsouth.net.


All meetings are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

MEETINGS  Mounts Auditorium at Mounts Botanical Garden  Free and Open to the Public

  • November 17, 2019 Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM—The Program: Pollinators in the Pine Rocklands by Sandy Koi. Sandy Koi is an entomologist currently in the doctorate program at Florida International University, where she also teaches Everglades Ecology. She is well known for her conservation efforts for the Atala Hairstreak! Ms. Koi will share her current research on at-risk plants and their specialist insects endemic to the globally endangered Pine Rocklands in Miami-Dade County.  

  • January 12, 2020 Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM—The Program: Colors in the Wind by Dr. Peter J. Lekos. Dr. Lekos is an award-winning photographer, and the president of the Audubon Photography Club. He will present a multimedia program about butterflies, their life cycle, and butterfly conservation in wild areas. Dr. Lekos will also discuss butterfly photography.

  • March 15, 2020 Sunday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM—The Program: Butterfly Gardening by Jeff Nurge. Jeff Nurge is the owner of Native Choice Nursery in Boynton Beach. He is a long-time Palm Beach County resident and has spent many years planting native plant gardens and butterfly gardens. His program will inspire both novice butterfly gardeners and experienced gardeners with advice on how to attract and keep butterflies in your yard, no matter how big or small.

  •  May 17, 2020 Sunday 1:00 PM-3:00 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 butterfly counts as well as increase your enjoyment of butterfly watching. 


BUTTERFLY WALKS Free (unless otherwise noted) and Open to the Public 

Remember, for all field trips, wear walking shoes and bring bug spray, hat, sunscreen, and water. Please register with Lana Edwards, atala613@bellsouth.net.

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019. 9:30-11:30 AM Butterfly Walk, North Jupiter Flatwoods Natural Area 3377 Church Street, Jupiter, FL 33458 (Parking is located in the northwest corner of Jupiter Community Park). This 160-acre natural area is part of the Loxahatchee River watershed and connects with a wildlife/greenway corridor that leads into Jonathan Dickinson State Park by an installed underground crossing. There are uplands and wetlands that support diverse habitats with endemic and threatened plants like the Catesby Lily, “Pine Lily,” which is pollinated by swallowtail butterflies, including the Palamedes Swallowtail seen at this natural area. Public access includes a boardwalk and hiking trails. Facilities and parking at Jupiter Community Park.  http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/NaturalAreas/North-Jupiter-Flatwoods.aspx 

  • Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Butterfly Walk, Pondhawk Natural Area 1501 Spanish River Boulevard, Boca Raton, FL 33431(Park at western side of the Spanish River Library). This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Pondhawk is an “urban wilderness.” The 79-acre natural area includes Blue Lake and restored wetlands. There are also scrubby and mesic flatwoods. It is named after the Pondhawk dragonfly commonly seen. Butterflies, such as the Gulf Fritillary and White Peacock are regularly spotted here. There are easy hiking trails. Please note there are no public facilitiesand no drinking water.http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/NaturalAreas/Pondhawk.aspx

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Butterfly Walk, Mounts Botanical Garden 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Atala Hairstreak and many other butterfly species are seen throughout the 14-acre botanical garden, and the butterfly garden is always aflutter with butterflies. This is an easy stroll on the paved Garden path. https://www.mounts.org/  

  • Saturday, April 11, 2019, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Butterfly Walk, Hungryland Slough 12385 Seminole Pratt Whitney Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412 - 3 miles north of Northlake Blvd. Parking is available off Seminole Pratt Whitney Road. This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM).  Hungryland Slough is 3,004 acres of 8 ecosystems with diverse plant communities, from mesic flatwoods to dome swamps. The historic slough flowed east into the Loxahatchee Slough and west into the Everglades. Butterflies listed for the natural area include Tiger Swallowtail, Palamedes Swallowtail, Zebra Longwing and Variegated Fritillary. The 3.75 mile south loop hiking trail is a sandy trail.  Please note there are no public facilities and no drinking water.http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/NaturalAreas/Hungryland-Slough.aspx   

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Butterfly Walk, Mounts Botanical Garden 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Atala Hairstreak and many other butterfly species are seen throughout the 14 acres of the botanical garden, and the butterfly garden is always aflutter with butterflies. This is an easy stroll on the paved Garden path. The walk will be a good preview to the regular Atala Chapter meeting that afternoon at Mounts Auditorium at 1 p.m. Bring a bag lunch to picnic at the Garden. https://www.mounts.org/  


SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • November 10, 2019 – Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Native Garden Tour - Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society http://palmbeach.fnpschapters.org/

  • January 17– February 2, 2020 - South Florida Fair – Palm Beach County Chapter of the  Florida Native Plant Society 

  • March 7, 2020Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM - Gumbo Limbo Sea Turtle Day, 1801 North Ocean Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33432.http://www.gumbolimbo.org/ 

  • April 4-5, 2020 Saturday-Sunday—Event includes a field trip to the Everglades on Saturday and a Sunday program by Jeffrey Glassberg, founder and president of the North American Butterfly Association NABA. Sunday program will be held at the Long Key Nature Center 3501 SW 130th Avenue, Davie, FL 33330

  • April 24, 2020 Friday Morning - Time TBD– Arbor Day at Robert J. Huckshorn Arboretum, Fau Jupiter,5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458.


2020 4th of JULY NABA COUNTS

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

  • South Circle: Saturday, June 20, 2020

  • Central Circle: Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • North Circle: Sunday, June 27, 2020

  • Kissimmee Prairie State Park: Saturday, July 11, 2020 

  • Okeechobee/Arnold Butterfly Garden: Sunday, July 12, 2020

  • Highlands Hammock Circle: Saturday, July 18, 2020 


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