North American Butterfly Association


North American Butterfly Association
13th Biennial Members' Meeting

Tallahassee, FL
September 16-19, 2018


Field Trips: Trip destinations will include several locations within Apalachicola NF, Apalachicola River and Wildlife Environmental Area, Big Bend WMA, Torreya State Park and Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve. For butterfly gardeners, there will be an opportunity to see a 25-acre property that has been converted from former dairy land into a haven for dozens of butterfly species and native plants. September is the peak of wildflower blooms in north Florida.

Presentations and Workshops: Each day will be highlighted by a series of workshops on topics such as identification, photography, butterfly gardening, and butterfly defense mechanisms.

Pre/Post-meeting Field Trips: We will help facilitate optional pre-meeting field trips to see disjunct populations of two uncommon butterfly species. At separate locations in Florida, meeting participants may be able to find Dukes' Skippers and Dusky Roadside-Skippers. More information about these optional trips will be available soon.

There are more than 120 butterfly species in the Tallahassee area. We have good chances of seeing Berry’s Skipper, Byssus Skipper, Dotted Skipper, Palmetto Skipper and Yehl Skipper. If weather conditions are favorable prior to the conference, we will have colorful roadsides of blooming flowers thronged with swallowtails, fritillaries, and other grass-skipper species next to pitcher plant bogs, creating a nature photographer’s paradise. If you want to explore the Florida Panhandle outside of the conference, there are many other places worth visiting. Outdoor recreation activities abound in the Tallahassee area and include hiking, off-road biking, kayaking, and hunting and fishing. Fall is one of the best times to take advantage of these oportunities.