Thursday, December 28, 2006

Upcoming Events and Atala News!

Upcoming Events!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are ready to go for 2007!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the Broward County North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to be held on January 11, 2007 at Nova Middle School (3602 College Avenue, Davie Florida). Once on campus, signs will direct you to the classroom. I’ll be presenting a PowerPoint program about “Common Dragonflies of South Florida.” I’ll discussing the differences between dragonflies and damselflies, the complete life cycle of both and then teaching you how to identify the ten most common South Florida dragonflies. Look forward to seeing you there!

On February 4, 2007, I’ll be working with members of NABA and Broward County Master Gardeners and Native Plant Society (NPS) to do a program for Young Israel Temple to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish “Arbor Day.” We’ll be identifying the plants, trees and wildlife at John Williams Park, at 6101Sheridan Avenue, Hollywood, FL. For more information, contact Lily Rosenblatt.

Then on February 10, 2007, from 9 AM to noon, I’ll be leading another exotic plant identification and removal program at John Williams Park, again with the help of Master Gardeners, NPS and NABA members. This program is free and open to the public and your presence is welcome! We will be targeting three exotics for removal, but there are many others that we will identify for you. This program is funded by a grant from the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council and is backed by the Hollywood Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. For more information, send me an email ( or call (954-449-5428), or contact Cynthia Hancock, Hollywood Parks PR (

We recently released 67 atala larvae at Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.West Palm Beach, FL 33413, with the help of volunteer Dick Freshley, who met me half way to take them to their new home. Dick reports that the new colony is doing fine and he’s happy to have atalas back at the Nature Center. As the atala butterflies often do, they disappeared after the hurricanes of 2004 and didn’t come back. So I was pleased to re-establish the colony at Okeeheelee. The park is 90 acres of pine flatlands, the ecosystem where the atalas thrive.


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