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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Green Sweat Bee buzz pollinating, photo by Valerie Bugh

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.

Apr. 27, 2015, 7 PM meeting: Disturbance, succession, forest cover, and bee communities: from resources to landscapes , presented by Robinson Sudan.

"This talk will basically be the results of some data I just finished analyzing and then some context as those results relate to bee ecology and the broader questions of landscape ecology that I'm interested in."

Robinson is the SW Regional Biologist for the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and is based in Austin, TX. He is also completing an MS in Conservation Biology at the University of New Orleans where he has been conducting research for P2 for over three years. His research background is in bee community dynamics and landscape ecology, however as Regional Biologist he is also responsible for helping to develop outreach and education programs, meeting and coordinating with stakeholders, and seeking out opportunities for collaborative research. Robinson is committed to expanding P2's role in scientific research and consulting as well as connecting the public to the science behind pollinator conservation. A native Texan, Robinson has lived in Austin for over ten years and hopes to build conservation awareness throughout the state.


May 2, 2015, 10 AM to 4 PM Workshop: How To Know and Grow Austin Butterflies

Learning to identify common butterflies of our area is only one aspect of the Austin Butterfly Forumís Annual Butterfly Workshop, held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the Zilker Botanical Garden Center. Topics will cover caterpillar food plants, how to raise caterpillars and watch metamorphosis at home, strategies for caterpillar survival and identification, as well as books and resources about this rapidly growing hobby. The workshop will include a light lunch and a walk to identify butterflies in the Zilker Botanical Garden. Participants will be given plants to take home to begin attracting butterflies to their own gardens.

To register please contact Jeff Taylor at 512-255-0368 or . Fee for the workshop is $35.00.


There will be no meeting on Monday, May 25, 2015, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

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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