Annual butterfly count Sept. 12 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum


See colorful butterflies and learn about these ‘flowers on the wing’ alongside expert guides Sept. 12 during Central Arizona Butterfly Association’s 14th Annual Saturday morning butterfly count at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a scenic 40-minute drive west of Globe-Miami. Arboretum daily admission of $15 for adults or $5 for children is required to enter the garden (if you don’t have annual membership, that is), and organizers of this count request an addition $3 donation to benefit NABA, the North American Butterfly Association. The Arboretum opens at 6 a.m. during September. Count participants meet in the visitor center breezeway, with counting to begin at 8:30 a.m. The total count circle has a 15-mile diameter and we will conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. Read more about the Central Arizona Butterfly Association at cazba.org; see butterfly photos and connect on Facebook, too. For these annual counts, volunteers work in teams to identify and count all the Queen Butterflies, Sulphurs, Blues, Hairstreaks, Snouts, Metalmarks -- potentially dozens of different species -- within the count circle area, which includes the Arboretum as well as Queen Creek and Arnett Canyon, Oak Flat, and the section of the Arizona Trail that skirts the west side below Picketpost Mountain. One change this year: in order to safely continue this event with proper physical distancing, participants will not gather for lunch at one of the restaurants nearby in the town of Superior, instead at noon teams will give their count results to compiler Ron Rutowski, who asks that anyone with questions, or to RSVP , please email  [email protected]

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