September: Fall Hours at the Arboretum; butterflies and dragonflies September 7

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

SusanStromQueenButterflysmaller.jpg

Susan Strom photo


JimVanHousenQueen4.jpg

Jim Van Housen photo

Nature lovers joke about bird-watching being a “gateway drug” toward other addictive pursuits such as learning to identify colorful butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, moths and other animated little critters which call the Sonoran Desert home. Want to try a sample? Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the place to be on Saturday, Sept. 7 if you’d like to experiment with a dragonfly walk or a butterfly outing; both start at 8:30 a.m. from the visitor center lobby, and are included with daily admission of $10 for adults or $5 for ages 5-12.

Daily hours at the popular Arizona State Park return to the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall/Winter schedule as of Sept. 1.

Saturday, Sept. 7, Mesa photographer and dragonfly enthusiast Roger Racut guides his once-a-month walking tour to Ayer Lake in search of Flame Skimmers, Blue Dashers and other ‘Odonates,’ while volunteers with the Central AZ Butterfly Association (Dave Powell, Marceline VandeWater and others) will coordinate the seventh annual butterfly count for this region. If familiar with Christmas Bird Count traditions, this is similar, volunteers disperse for a morning spent checking our butterfly rich spots within a 15-mile radius, trying to tally all “flowers on the wing” seen Saturday. It’s a way to participate with citizen science, and help contribute to a growing annual database of butterfly populations’ ebb-and-flow.

The count circle has a full 15-mile diameter, which stretches from Devil’s Canyon and Oak Flat to the east, through Superior and BTA, and west to Queen Valley and Hewitt Station Road. At lunch participants typically gather at a local restaurant in Superior (Chef Lucy Wing at Jade Grill served a memorable buffet two years ago for $10) to exchange findings; and, yes, to boast about seeing a Xami Hairstreak, or other rarities! See butterfly photos, connect with organizers and read event updates at cals.arizona.edu/bta.

September events:

Sept. 1 — Fall-Winter hours resume, BTA open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., September through April

Sept. 2 — Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class season finale with AJ Author Jean Groen and Robert Lewis at 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 7 — Central AZ Butterfly Association seventh annual count, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sept. 7 — Dragonfly Walk with Roger Racut, 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 7 — Arboretum Book Club (To Live Or Die In Arizona), 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 — Learn Your Lizards Walk featuring ‘Wild Man Phil,’ Abi King and Author Larry Jones, 8:30 a.m.

Sept.  14 — “Meet The Artist” gallery reception, 1-3 p.m., for featured exhibitor Christine Debrosky

Sept. 15 — Camera Class “Night Shots With Pete Rendek”, 10 a.m. ($30)

Sept. 15 — Pomegranate Class with ‘Chef Eric and Terri’, 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 21 — Bye-Bye Buzzards Day; 7 a.m. early-bird opening, 8:30 a.m. birdwalk; exhibits from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sept. 21 — Plants of the Bible Land walk guided by Dave Oberpriller at 8:30 a.m.

Sept. 21-22 — Gourd Art Classes,‘Basic’ Sept. 21 ($30-$40), advanced ‘Coiling’ class on Sept. 22 ($40-$50)

Sept. 22 — “Camera Basics with Tom Boggan” class, 8:30 a.m. ($30)

Sept. 28 — Camera class: “Portraits in the Park” with Jabon Eagar, 10 a.m. ($40)

admin (7685 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • Additional Stories

    No state highway construction closures over Thanksgiving weekend

    November 22nd, 2016
    by

    No state highway construction closures over Thanksgiving weekend State, local agencies emphasize safe driving, planning ahead PHOENIX – Over Thanksgiving […]


    Norm Wisner is Guest Speaker at the Annual Oracle Historical Society’s Meeting

    October 26th, 2016
    by

    Reports to the membership on accomplishments and outlines of future plans, an election of Directors to the Board, and Norm […]


    One Week Left of the Arizona State Fair – Get On Down Here!

    October 26th, 2016
    by

    One Week Left of the Arizona State Fair Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum Concert Series: October 26 – 29 Phoenix, Ariz.- What […]


    46 FOSTER CHILDREN TO JOIN FOREVER FAMILIES ON NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY

    October 26th, 2016
    by

    46 FOSTER CHILDREN TO JOIN FOREVER FAMILIES ON NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY Pinal County Finalizes Adoptions to Give Children in Foster […]


  • Additional Stories

    Night Viewing of Objects in the Sky at Catalina State Park’s Star Party on September 24

    September 13th, 2016
    by

    Night Viewing of Objects in the Sky at  Catalina State Park’s Star Party on September 24 PHOENIX – If you […]


    Off the Beaten Path Labor Day Weekend Adventures at Arizona State Parks

    August 31st, 2016
    by

    Off the Beaten Path Labor Day Weekend Adventures at Arizona State Parks PHOENIX – The Colorado River, Arizona’s many lakes and Sedona […]


    New ADOT policy allows approved memorials along highways

    August 29th, 2016
    by

    New ADOT policy allows approved memorials along highways Plan promotes safety for families, motorists and ADOT personnel   PHOENIX ‒ […]


    Friday Night Lights are Here

    August 26th, 2016
    by

    GLOBE Aug. 19           Casteel                         7 p.m. Aug .26 […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger

  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather