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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Dr. Alexander Wild

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.


Jan. 22, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Introduction to the University of Texas Insect Collection, presented by Dr. Alexander Wild.

The insect collection at The University of Texas at Austin hosts about 2 million arthropod specimens focusing on the central Texas fauna. Particular strengths include the world's largest collection of cave invertebrates, as well as extensive collections of Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, and Lepidoptera. In this presentation, Curator Alex Wild will display a portion of the collection, present current research, and discuss opportunities for volunteering.

Dr. Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas/Austin, and his research concerns the diversity and evolution of ants. Alex holds a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California/Davis (2005). Alex is also a professional photographer whose work appears in numerous natural history museums, magazines, books, television programs, and other media.


Feb. 26, 2018, 7 PM meeting: Monarchs, presented by Mike Quinn & Liz Cannedy.

Mike Quinn and Liz Cannedy will give a joint presentation on separate trips they took this year to several monarch overwintering colonies in central Mexico. In addition to their photos from within the Sierra Chincua and El Rosario colonies, Mike will discuss the the current monarch population estimate, condition of the overwintering forests and the logistics of visiting the colonies. Liz will also speak on The Butterflies and Their People Project, a non profit whose efforts include working to stop illegal logging in the monarch forests of Cerro Pelon.

Mike has followed the monarch conservation efforts since starting entomology graduate school at Texas A&M in 1993; he has been the coordinator of Texas Monarch Watch since 2000 and is a past president of the Austin Butterfly Forum. Liz is a butterfly breeder, gardener, and enthusiast on educating (future butterfly conservationists).


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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