Meetings

SEABA Meetings are Free and Open to the Public. Everyone is invited to attend.

Please Note 2017's New Location and Day of Month: Meetings are held at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills on the fourth Tuesday of the month, during September to November, and January through May each year. The Lutheran Church is located at 5102 North Craycroft Road in Tucson, just south of East Sunrise Drive.

Social Time begins at 6:30 PM and meetings are held from 7:00 - 9:00 PM.

If you would like to suggest or volunteer to give a program, please contact SEABA President Larry Fellows.

Upcoming Meetings

Speaker: Priscilla Brodkin, SEABA Treasurer
Topic: BOLIVIA: Butterflies, Birds, Snakes & Socialism

See the beautiful nature of Bolivia from the high Andes of La Paz to the rivers of Cochabamba to lowland Santa Cruz, all seen through the eyes of an enthusiastic butterfly & bird photographer. South America's poorest country has natural wonders that are unbelievable to behold!

 

Hairstreak (Erora opisena) photo by Hank & Priscilla Brodkin

Speaker: Margarethe Brummermann
Topic: Beetles of Arizona

Past Meetings

Speaker: Larry Fellows, SEABA President, and other members
Topic: Annual Election of Officers and Members Photographs Night

 

Many SEABA members are accomplished photographers, so every year at the May meeting, SEABA invites its members to share a few of their own memorable butterfly images from past trips and outings.

SEABA will hold its annual election of officers at the May meeting.

Speaker: Karen Nickey and Sharon Overstreet, SEABA Members
Topic: 2016 NABA Annual Meeting, Mission, TX

The National Butterfly Center (NABA's headquarters in Mission TX,) hosted the Texas Butterfly Festival October 29th through November 1, 2016, prime butterfly season in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), where the river winds its way toward the Laguna Madre at the Gulf of Mexico.  This unique region encompasses no fewer than 11 different types of habitat, from tidal wetlands to riparian forest, brushland scrub  to prairie savanna, and is home to more than 1,200 different species of plants, 500 species of birds, 200 vertebrate species, roughly 300 species of butterflies, and over 90 species of dragonflies!

Please join some of your fellow SEABA members who experienced the festival, visited private gardens and many 'hot spot' sites;  Karen Nickey, a past president of SEABA, as well as a former Sabino Canyon Butterfly Count compiler, will narrate the presentation and share experiences and photos of the butterflies, flora and fauna enjoyed throughout the festival.

Speaker: Priscilla Brodkin, SEABA Treasurer
Topic: BOLIVIA: Butterflies, Birds, Snakes & Socialism

 

See the beautiful nature of Bolivia from the high Andes of La Paz to the rivers of Cochabamba to lowland Santa Cruz, all seen through the eyes of an enthusiastic butterfly & bird photographer. South America's poorest country has natural wonders that are unbelievable to behold!

 

Hairstreak photograph by Priscilla Brodkin

 

Speaker: Kim Franklin, AZ-Sonora Desert Museum
Topic: Amazing Ants in the Sonoran Desert

 

 

Photo: Ant tending Reakirt's Blue caterpillar © Fred Heath

Speaker: Elaine Halbedel, SEABA Member/Traveler
Topic: The Best of the Best: Butterflies from Around the World

 

No Little Brown Skippers here! Let’s look at the pictorial highlights from 4 recent trips to diverse parts of the world: Panama, SE Ecuador, southern Africa, and Indonesia. The emphasis will be on the rarest and most colorful butterflies that these parts of the world can offer. And of course, there might be a few other types of creatures: Ever wonder how fast a motivated Komodo Dragon can move? And whether elephants really do mourn their dead?? How about a moth that looks like it was spawned in another galaxy???

Speaker: Rich Bailowitz, Entomologist and Birder
Topic: Damselflies and Dragonflies of Arizona & Sonora

Join one of the coauthors of the recently published "A Field Guide to the Damselflies & Dragonflies of Arizona and Sonora" for this informative and sometimes humorous presentation.

Speaker: Katy Prudic, UA Dept. of Entomology
Topic: How a Butterfly Gets its Spots: Development and Ecology of Wing Patterns
Speaker: Charles Melton, Nature Photographer
Topic: Moths: The other Lepidoptera

This was an opportunity to learn about grassland restoration and its impact on butterflies and caterpillars. Jim is the Nursery Director for Desert Survivors, Inc, an associate researcher at the University of Arizona herbarium, and he is interested in field botany, local floristics, plant/insect relationships, and research.

Speaker: Kathleen Purdic, Ph.D. and SEABA Members
Topic: eButterlfly, Members Potpourri, and Annual Election of Officers

Katy earned her doctoral degree in Evolution and Ecology from the University of Arizona. She is co-director of eButterfly, an online repository for sharing butterfly photos and checklists, and a resource to see which butterflies are flying across North America. She shared her butterfly adventures regarding eButterfly, conservation, and the role of citizen science in scientific discovery.

Many SEABA members are also accomplished photographers, so every year at the May meeting, SEABA invites its members to share a few of their own memorable butterfly images from past trips and outings.

SEABA also held its annual election of officers at the May meeting.

Speaker: Jim Verrier, Desert Survivors, Inc.
Topic: The myths and realities of grassland restoration in SE Arizona and its impact on butterflies and caterpillars

Here is an opportunity to learn about grassland restoration and its impact on butterflies and caterpillars. Jim is the Nursery Director for Desert Survivors, Inc, an associate researcher at the University of Arizona herbarium, and he is interested in field botany, local floristics, plant/insect relationships, and research.

Please join us for an interesting evening with Jim Verrier!

Speaker: Fred Heath
Topic: Southern California Endemic Butterflies

In 2004, Fred authored "An Introduction to Southern California Butterflies" with photographs by the late Herb Clarke. As in writing any book, Fred learned much about California butterflies and what makes them special. One of the things about California is that there are over 30 butterfly species which are endemic or near endemic to the state. No other state comes close. Please join Fred as he takes you on an illustrated tour to see these unique butterflies through the seasons of southern California with the wonderful photographs of Herb Clarke. Fred will also have on hand copies of his book to autograph and sell with $5 of the $20 purchase price going to support SEABA.

Speaker: Priscilla Brodkin
Topic: Peru's River of Butterflies; Tambopata & Manu Reserves

This presentation was an opportunity to explore the Amazon rainforests of Peru with Hank and Priscilla Brodkin, as they searched for endemic butterflies, birds, and even a jaguar. Priscilla lives in Carr Canyon, AZ, surrounded by the natural biodiversity of the Huachuca Mountains. Avid birders for most of their lives, they became butterfly enthusiasts in 1992. Their birding trips to Latin America turned into butterfly trips ranging from the Andes to the Amazon basin where they photographed thousands of butterflies, birds, and other interesting creatures. In 2001, they co-authored "Butterflies of Arizona, a Photographic Guide" with Bob Stewart. Hank also co-authored "Finding Butterflies in Arizona" with Rich Bailowitz, published in 2009.

 

Photo by Priscilla and Hank Brodkin

Speaker: Jeff Babson
Topic: Moths of Southern Arizona

Moths are the under-appreciated, usually nocturnal cousins of butterflies. Yet moths greatly outnumber butterflies and many rival butterflies in their beautiful colors and patterns. This presentation will introduce you to these remarkable insects.

Jeff Babson is a life long naturalist with a particular interest in birds, butterflies, moths, beetles and dragonflies. He owns Sky Island Tours, an environmental education and eco-tour company. He has led birding tours for Pima County Department of Natural Resources, Parks, and Recreation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and several birding festivals in southern Arizona (Wings over Willcox, Southwest Wings, Tucson Birding and Nature Festival). He has also taught classes and led field trips for butterflies, moths, dragonflies, and beetles. He lives in Vail with his wife and two children.

Please come and enjoy "Moths of Southern Arizona" presented by Jeff Babson

Speaker: Larry Fellows
Topic: The Ice Age and the Western Giant Swallowtail: A Geologic Perspective

Larry was born and raised in Iowa. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. Later he was appointed as Director of the Arizona Geological Survey (a State agency headquartered in Tucson) and Arizona’s State Geologist in 1979. He served in this position for 26 years before retiring in 2005. Larry has 40+ years of photography experience and is currently serving on SEABA’s board of directors.

 

Photo by Larry Fellows

Speaker: Gail Morris
Topic: Status of Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) in Arizona

Gail coordinates the Southwest Monarch Study and is the Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist for Arizona and the West. She is also the Vice President of the Monarch Butterfly Fund. She has been involved with Monarchs for many years and shared with us some of her vast knowledge and most recent Danaus plexippus study findings.

 

Photo by Gail Morris