Austin, Texas, is home to about 170 species of butterflies. It is also the home of the Austin Butterfly Forum, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to butterfly conservation and to enriching people's lives through butterflies. The Austin Butterfly Forum is a club that organizes field trips, conducts butterfly counts, promotes native gardening, performs conservation activities, and meets monthly for an educational presentation. We are a community of butterfly enthusiasts who also enjoy dragonflies & damselflies, bees, beetles, spiders and arthropods in general, and our meeting presentations span this gamut as well. Join Us!

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Scarab (Dichelonyx sp.), photo by M. Quinn

Meetings are held in the Zilker Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX, 78746 at 7:00 PM on the fourth Monday of each month except December.

June 23, 2014, 7 PM meeting: Ecoregional Influences on Select Eastern North American Beetle Surveys: Factors influencing region biodiversity , presented by Mike Quinn.

Mike Quinn will review several intensive beetle surveys in the eastern United States and discuss some of the factors influencing the number of beetles found at each site.


June 28, 2014, 8 AM: Butterfly Count

This is the butterfly world’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird counts. We count butterflies within a 15 mile diameter circle centered on Mt. Bonnell. Hundreds of other clubs and groups all over country will be counting during this period. The counts are sponsored by the the North American Butterfly Association.

We will meet in the parking lot of the Zilker Botanical Garden at 8 am (there is a parking fee). After a brief walk through the park we will visit the Barton Creek Greenbelt. We will stop for lunch at a restaurant, then re-group for a visit to St. Edward's Park. If this is any kind of normal summer, we are ready to quit by mid-afternoon.

Everyone is welcome, including beginners. Although we are trying to count as many individuals and species as possible, we have a lot of fun sharing identification tips, looking for caterpillars, and just seeing what the day offers.

We will be on trails, in creek beds and in some high grass. Bring close-focusing binoculars if you have them.

Membership

All of our normal events are open to the public, but you may want to become a member of the Austin Butterfly Forum to help support us and our events. We also treat members to some extra goodies, such as reduced admission to special programs that have a fee and discounts on purchases made at meetings. Membership is $20 annually per household payable during meetings or by mail to Doris Hill, ABF Treasurer, 1605 Broadmoor, Austin, TX 78723.

For more information, please contact Mike Quinn, ABF president at 512-577-0250 or

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