Our monthly meetings, which have been held regularly since 1993 at Zilker Garden Center, feature an educational program. All are open to the public and most are free. The Garden Center is located in Zilker Botanical Gardens, 2220 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78746.
- June 24, 2019, 7 PM meeting: Wild Bees, presented by Paula Sharp & Ross Eatman.
- Photojournalists Paula Sharp and Ross Eatman are the authors of the well-traveled and highly-regarded website Wild Bees of New York, the culmination of a three-year project documenting native bee species for New York’s state park system. Sponsored by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund, Wild Bees of New York provides information and detailed photographs of more than 120 species of native bees of the Northeastern United States.
Sharp and Eatman’s photographs of wild bees are currently on a national tour of prominent museums, art galleries and botanical gardens. An exhibit of Sharp & Eatman’s bee photographs will be featured by the Houston Museum of Natural Science from May 24 – September 22, 2019.
Beginning in September, 2018, Sharp and Eatman commenced a new project at the Texas National Butterfly Center in Mission. As part of this endeavor, Sharp and Eatman have erected a new website, Wild Bees of the National Butterfly Center, which documents the many novel and rare native bee species inhabiting the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Sharp and Eatman will be continuing to research and photograph bee species of the National Butterfly Center and the Lower Rio Grande Valley throughout the upcoming year. They will be speaking about their work and presenting a slideshow of dazzling photographs of wild bees, both northeastern and Texan. Sharp and Eatman will be available afterwards, to answer questions about their Texas project, bees of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and macro photography.
- July 22, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Aug. 26, 2019, 7 PM meeting: A Moth Odyssey, presented by Ann Hendrickson.
Why am I interested in moths rather than butterflies? Because there are many more of them, they have been studied by amateurs for a much shorter time (dating to the introduction of cheap digital cameras), there are still numerous species for which live photographs are not available to the public, there is a greater chance of discovering a new species and MOST importantly as I age – THEY COME TO ME!
Ann Hendrickson is a self taught naturalist who has been studying the flora and fauna on their property near Camp Wood for the past 19 years. In 2012 she purchased a black light set up to attract moths and became “hooked” on identifying anything that shows up on her sheet ever since. She is a contributing editor on Bug Guide, provides photographs for Moth Photographers Group and has worked with Dr. David Wagner collecting and egging specimens for some of his unpublished work on western caterpillars. Ann has reared broods of over 40 different species of moths from eggs, sends specimens to the University of Guelph for DNA extraction and is currently obsessed with learning to dissect for identification purposes.
- Sept. 23, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA, presented by Xanthe A. Shirley.
- Oct. 28, 2019, 7 PM meeting: TBA
- Nov. 25, 2019, 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 .