MEMBER MEETING & LECTURE “Lifestyles of Butterflies in the Garden” by Alana Edwards, Education & Training Coordinator, FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies. Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Come to the May 1 meeting and hear Alana Edwards show us about the life styles of butterflies in your own back garden.
Alana’s passion for butterflies began in the mid-90’s in her parents butterfly garden. In 1995, she co-founded the first NABA chapter in Florida. Eventually her passion for butterflies prompted her to quit her job as a Spanish teacher and return to school.
In 2001, she earned a Masters in Environmental Science from FAU where her research focused on the effect of prescribed fire on the butterflies in pine flatwoods. She was the lead coordinator for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service sponsored survey of rare and endangered South Florida butterflies conducted by NABA.
Since 1998, she has worked as an environmental educator for FAU’s Center for Environmental Studies. Alana is also been an active member of the Imperiled Butterflies Working Group (IBWG), a group working to determine the best way to manage for south Florida’s most rare butterfly species. She was recently named as a member of the NABA English Names Subcommittee.
She is currently a part-time PhD student in the Department of Geosciences at FAU where she plans to focus on the distribution of pineland croton (caterpillar food for the Bartram’s Scrub-hairstreak and Florida Leafwing), studying in the pine rocklands of Dade County for her research.
The meeting is free and open to the public – join us at Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, rooms 101 and 102, 6301 W. Summit Blvd., in West Palm Beach. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.; refreshments are served beforehand, so come at 7:00!
ALSO AT THE MAY MEETING: Bird of the Month: ‘Ruddy Turnstone’. Come learn more about this fascinating shorebird from Clive Pinnock at our May meeting.