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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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.


Oct. 28, 2017: Butterfly Count - This event is CANCELLED.†Very few butterflies will be out in the cold weather that is coming.†There are no plans to reschedule at this time.†Plan to sleep late! We will try to find a date in the future, perhaps next Spring.

The Butterfly Forumís annual butterfly count is Saturday, October 28, 2017. To participate meet at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center (2220 Barton Springs Rd.) parking lot at 8:00 am. Everyone is welcome, including all skill levels. We count within a 15 mile diameter circle centered at Mount Bonnell. In addition to Zilker, we visit many of the best butterfly-finding locales around town, including the Barton Creek Greenbelt and St. Edward's Park. We usually work as a single group. Our focus is butterflies, but we are interested in moths and other insects.

This is the butterfly equivalent of the Audubon Christmas Bird count. The results are submitted to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).

Be prepared to walk through brush and wet areas. Bring close-focusing binoculars if you have them. Long pants, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended. The count typically lasts until mid afternoon, although you may leave at any time. We have lunch at a restaurant between stops.

If it rains Saturday, we may re-schedule to the following day. For more information contact . (512.656.5848).


Nov. 27, 2017, 7 PM meeting: Member's Show & Tell.

This is a fun meeting that we have every year.†Any member can show their favorite photos of the year or to tell about their a trip or butterfly experience. You have 5-10 minutes. There will be a projector and laptop so just bring your flash drive.†Plus, the club provides pizza for this year end meeting! If you plan to participate contact .

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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