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***Please note that we alternate Meetings and Butterfly Walks.***



Atala Chapter Meeting

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

"Monarch Gardening in South Florida"

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Mounts Building Auditorium at Mounts Botanical Garden

531 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, Fl 33415 

Monarch Gardening in South Florida by Teri Jabour. Teri is a long-time UF/IFAS Extension Service Master Gardener Volunteer and president of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) - Atala Chapter. Gardening for Monarch butterflies in South Florida is unique compared to other regions of Florida and the U.S. It can be a challenging endeavor as well as most rewarding! Since our Monarch butterflies are both residents and migratory, there are specific things to consider in planting their host plants, milkweeds, and providing nectar plants all seasons of the year. The prevalence of (OE), a protozoan parasite, also means certain practices are important to minimize the disease in our South Florida Monarch population. She will discuss recent studies about Monarchs and how to establish and maintain a garden that supports Monarch butterflies, all year.

Native Garden Tour

Sunday, November 6, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Sponsored by Palm Beach County Native Plant Society

Audubon Everglades

Atala Chapter of NABA

Visit 6 native plant gardens. 

FNPS Members Free Non-members $10

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Atala Chapter Meeting

    Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

"Role of Citizen Science Engagement in Palm Beach County for Atala Butterfly Conservation"

Presented by Sandy Koi

Meetings are free and open to the public

In Person Meeting and Zoom Presentation

Mounts Building Auditorium at Mounts Botanical Garden

531 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, Fl 33415 


Zoom Presentation

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Meeting ID: 926 0291 7415
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Please note Butterfly Gardening program by Jeff Nurge is rescheduled

Sandy Koi will present "Role of Citizen Science Engagement in Palm Beach County for Atala Butterfly Conservation." Citizen science plays a valuable role in monitoring at-risk insect populations globally, providing critical data collection in many instances. The Atala butterfly has been under the diligent eye of local communities since its rediscovery in 1979 in Miami-Dade County by naturalist Roger Hammer. Scientists and concerned laypersons took on the monumental task of saving this beautiful insect from near-extinction, an ongoing endeavor that is showing substantial stable recovery throughout the state, thanks to hundreds of Floridians planting specialized gardens for the species. This presentation will concentrate on the data Palm Beach NABA members & others have contributed to its recovery. Ms. Koi is well known in South Florida for her Atala Hairstreak research and conservation. She is a doctoral candidate at Florida International University where she also teaches Everglades ecology. 


Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive

North Palm Beach, Fl 33408

Natural Areas Festival 

Winding Waters Natural Area (Palm Beach County ERM)

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 8:00 am - 2 pm

6161 Haverhill Rd. N.

West Palm Beach, Fl 33407

Atala Chapter Meeting

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"Butterfly Gardening"

Mounts Botanical Garden

       Please note! Meeting is in Exhibit Hall A,         

Clayton E. Hutcheson Agricultural Services Center, in the back of the garden.

559 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

The program: "Butterfly Gardening at Mounts Botanical Garden" by Teri Jabour. The Butterfly Garden at Mounts Botanical Garden is a treasured resource for the community. Created in the early 2000s by a Mounts horticulturist, it has benefited from the passion for butterflies of master gardeners and butterfly enthusiasts! Teri Jabour, president of NABA-Atala Chapter and a long-time Master Gardener volunteer, will discuss what makes a garden a butterfly garden using the Mounts butterfly garden as an example. She will then lead a tour of the butterfly garden for participants to see the plants and butterflies up close.

Butterfly Walk 

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

High Ridge Scrub Natural Area

7300 High Ridge Road (1/2 mile south of Hypoluxo Road)

Lake Worth, Fl 33462


This butterfly walk is an Adopt A Natural Area program in partnership with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management (ERM). High Ridge Scrub is 39 acres of scrub and scrubby flatwoods of the Florida coastal ridge. The 0.25-mile Silkgrass Trail is paved and the Gulf Fritillary Trail is a 1.5-mile sandy trail. Gray Hairstreak, Cassius Blue, Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Heliconian, Monarch and Giant Swallowtail are regularly spotted. Zebra Swallowtail may be seen since netted pawpaw, their host plant, grows here.  For more information see: Environmental Resources Management - High-Ridge-Scrub (    

                                 Please note there are no public facilities and no drinking water.

Free but space limited. Register at:

 PBC Dept of Environmental Resources Mgmt (ERM) Events | Eventbrite

Atala Chapter Meeting

Saturday, May 20, 2023, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

"On Your Marks! Get Ready for 2023 Butterfly Counts"

Mounts Auditorium

Mounts Botanical Garden

531 N. Military Trail

West Palm Beach, Fl 33415

The Program: "On Your Marks! Get Ready for 2023 Butterfly Counts" by Alana Edwards and Teri Jabour. Learn about the butterflies we see in Palm Beach County! The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) annual 4th of July Butterfly Count is an important citizen science project to collect data about local butterfly species. The Atala Chapter has been doing butterfly counts in Palm Beach and Martin County since 1995. Chapter members will share their tips on how to identify local butterflies that we see in natural areas and in our yards. Being able to recognize the most common—and uncommon—butterflies will increase your enjoyment of butterfly watching as well as be an important part of this annual butterfly monitoring project. This program is for everyone! Not just counters! 

Special Program

Broward Butterfly Chapter

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 2:00 PM 

Marc Minno and "Butterflies of Colombia" 

Broward County Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center

3501 S.W. 130th Avenue

Davie, FL 33330

Marc Minno, Ph.D. will present "Butterflies of Colombia."  Dr. Minno is an entomologist and a research associate with the McGuire Center at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, which contains the largest butterfly and moth research facility in the world. Many of us know him and his wife, Maria, as author of Florida Butterfly Gardening. He has been working toward conserving the state’s rare, unique, and imperiled plants and animals.  Recently, he has been monitoring imperiled butterflies in the Florida Keys and South Florida. This program is free and open to the public. 

Broward County Chapter NABA Meeting 

Restoring and Transforming Landscapes through Pollinators and Wildflowers

Sunday, September 17, 2023  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center 

The Broward County Butterfly Chapter of NABA presents CJ McCartney of the Florida Wildflower Foundation to learn how you can make a huge difference for our butterflies, birds, bees and more! For the last 25 years, CJ has focused on environmental stewardship through botanizing, photographing nature, speaking to community groups and designing/installing wildlife and wildflower gardens. Today she continues her community service with an underlying belief that together we can mitigate the loss of natural habitats by creating a network of wildlife friendly yards to offer our homeless wildlife and native plants a safe and welcoming haven.

Ruddy Daggerwing (Marpesia petreus) on Pineland croton (Croton linearis), CJ McCartney


                       This program is free and open to the public.


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