North American Butterfly Association


North American Butterfly Association
14th Biennial Members' Meeting

Santa Fe, NM
August 6-9, 2020


Santa Fe and New Mexico are home to a wide range of attractions for those who love nature and the outdoors. Southern Rocky Mountains collide with the Colorado Plateau and the Great Plains creating a geologically and ecologically distinct landscape. Topographic diversity, location and climate interact to produce one of the richest state butterfly faunas in the US. Perched at 7,000 feet elevation, Santa Fe is within easy reach of huge tracts of public lands. Three national parks or monuments and three national forests offer count- less opportunities for exploration. With more than 150 species of butterflies within reach, Santa Fe will give attendees of the 14th biennial NABA meeting a perfect excuse to investigate the natural wonders of New Mexico, Land of Enchantment. In addition, the Sante Fe area offers unique cultural attractions, including Native American arts.

Field Trips: Trip destinations will include locations within the Santa Fe NF, Cibola NF, Valles Caldera Nat. Preserve, Bandelier Nat. Park, Rio Grande del Norte Nat. Mon., Hyde Memorial State Park, Santa Fe Canyon Preserve and a local Audubon Center with butterfly-attracting gardens. Early August is usually the acme of wildflowers and butterflies in northern New Mexico.

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 or post-meeting field trips to see great species that are more than two driving hours away. At separate locations in New Mexico, meeting participants may be able to find Nokomis Fritillary, Mexican Sootywing and Dotted Checkerspot. More information about these optional trips will be available soon.


If weather is favorable prior to the conference, we will have roadsides and trails of blooming flowers decorated with swallowtails, fritillaries, checkerspots, coppers, blues, and various skippers, all within northern New Mexico’s stunning landscapes of mountains, canyons and grasslands – a true paradise for all the senses. More than 150 butterfly species can be seen in the Santa Fe area. Not all are flying in early August, of course, but we have good chances of seeing Phoebus Parnassian, Pine White, Tailed Copper, Colorado Hairstreak, Square-spotted Blue, Spalding's Blue, Mormon Metalmark,'Western' Atlantis Fritillary, Simius Skipper and Snow’s Skipper. If you want to explore New Mexico outside of the meeting, there are many other places worth visiting. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in the region and include hiking, off-road biking, boating, rock-climbing, mountaineering, and camping.