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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Event Title: Butterflies of Ecuador - Meeting of the Hairstreak Chapter of NABA
Sunday, February 12, 2012
"Butterflies of Ecuador", presented by the Hairstreak Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
Bill Berthet will introduce us to the amazing diversity of butterflies found in the New World tropics. Through his beautiful photographs, he will take us on a virtual tour of Ecuador, from the capital of Quito to the top of the Andes and down into the Amazon rainforest. His presentation will include butterfly images photographed at elevations from 650 to over 13,000 feet.
Here is how Bill describes his program: "Join us as we saddle up at Quito, Ecuador, following the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. Motoring over a 13,000 foot pass takes us to the wonderful hot springs resort at Termas de Papallacta. We pass through Baeza, south to Cabanas San Isidro, then to Wildsumaco Lodge, with its wonderful views of hummingbirds from its huge deck. Eventually we arrive at the port town of Coca, where we take a motorized longboat to Yachana Lodge and Napo Wildlife Center. Later we hike three miles on a "suction-cup" trail to our comfortable camp site at Rio Bigal Biological Reserve. Mules haul in all our food and stuff to this remote location for six days of butterfly surveys. "

Bill is a Certified Gemologist Appraiser of the American Gem Society, owner of Berthet Jewelers in Jacksonville, Florida. He has photographed butterflies in many parts of the US and Mexico and in several countries in Central and South America.
The program will be Sunday, February 12th, at 2:00 PM at the Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning, in the Westminster Oaks Retirement Community on Meandering Way in eastern Tallahassee. Meandering Way and Westminster Oaks are accessed from Dempsey Mayo Road between Miccosukee Road and Mahan Drive; once you turn on Meandering Way, follow signs to the Maguire Center.
For more information about the program, please call Sally Jue at (850) 386-1393 or e-mail her at dsjue@embarqmail.com < . Don't miss this special presentation - Bill's photographs are spectacular!

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Event Title: Forests, Beaches, Marshes, and Scrublands
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Florida has 100 designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) that encompass a range of natural habitats including forests, grasslands and shrub lands, coastal beaches and tidal marshes, and migratory stopover habitats. Tour some of Florida's special IBAs and find out where the birds can lead us in citizen science, conservation, and outreach.

Marianne Korosy is Audubon of Florida's Important Bird Area coordinator. Her work for the past two years has focused on building chapter-based coastal bird steward programs in southwest Florida. Marianne leads a volunteer bird banding project involving Clearwater and St. Pete Audubon chapters at rooftop Least Tern colonies in Pinellas County and also conducts a volunteer-based winter sparrow banding project at Weekiwachee Preserve in Hernando County. Marianne has a Masters degree in geology from FSU and is a PhD candidate in conservation biology at the University of Central Florida.

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