Paula Fernández de los Muros
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392
For Immediate Release
Fun for the Whole Family at Butterfly Days This Weekend!
Coral Gables, FL, July 26, 2007-Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association are excited to announce Butterfly Days, a weekend of events celebrating butterfly appreciation, conservation and education, taking place this weekend from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 & 29, 2007, at Fairchild. The packed agenda includes a guided tour of the Keys Coastal Habitat and Pinelands, children‘s activities throughout the day, butterfly plant sales and lectures on South Florida butterfly identification, butterfly watching, butterfly gardening, and the 2007 butterfly count news. Brunch will be served at the Veranda Restaurant in the Jean duPont Shehan Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For reservations and more information on the brunch, please call 305-256-8399.
Here is this year‘s schedule:
ALL DAY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Butterfly observation in Butterfly Garden
Butterfly Plants for sale~ Garden House Lawn
Kids butterfly activities~ Learning Garden
Veranda restaurant~ Open from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Butterfly books & gifts for sale~ Garden House and Gift Shop
Saturday, July 28 (All lectures in the Garden House)
10:00 a.m. Tour for the Intrepid- Keys Coastal habitat and Pinelands Walk
Meet at Tram Plaza
10:15 a.m. Enchantment of Wings- Dr. Gary Noel Ross
11:00 a.m. Butterflies of the East Coast- Rick Cech
1:00 p.m. The Atala Butterfly- A FTBG Favorite- Sandy Koi
2:15 p.m. Joy of Butterflies- Dr. Gary Noel Ross
3:15 p.m. Book signings by Rick Cech, Dr. Charles Covell and Dr. Gary Noel Ross
3:30 p.m. Butterfly Gardening in Zone 11- Cindy David
Sunday, July 29 (All lectures in the Garden House)
10:15 a.m. Butterfly Gardening in Containers and Small Spaces- Sam Wright
11:30 a.m. Joy of Butterflies- Dr. Gary Noel Ross
1:00 p.m. A Trip to the Southern Hemisphere: Butterflies of Peru- Rick Cech
2:15 p.m. Enchantment of Wings- Dr. Gary Noel Ross
3:30 p.m. Dedication of tree for Dr. Bob Kelley
*High resolution images available by request
Butterfly Watching and South Florida
Often compared to bird watching, butterfly identification and observing is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the country. In contrast to other parts of the world, where butterfly watching and collecting go hand-in-hand, North America‘s "non consumptive" butterfly appreciation is favored by most and advocated by NABA. Unlike those more northerly states, Florida butterflies are active all year around. In fact, of the 180 species that the Sunshine State boasts, 120 of those are prevalent in South Florida such as Florida‘s State Butterfly, the Zebra Longwing and the Monarch. Butterflies are most often found anywhere host plants and suitable habitat exist-for many, that is their own backyard.
Butterfly Days is free with admission to Fairchild, $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for children 6-17 and free for children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Butterfly Day runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
NABA and the Miami Blue Chapter
NABA, a non-profit organization, was formed in 1992 to advance public appreciation of butterflies, and recreational butterflying including listing, counting, gardening, observation, photography, and conservation. Today, NABA has local chapters in sixteen states including Florida, which boasts the largest number of local chapters. The local Miami Blue Chapter of NABA was established in 2000 by a group of butterfly enthusiasts who now are busy with a slate of activities, conservation efforts, NABA butterfly counts, field trips and events. On the central thrust of the Miami Blue Chapter is butterfly conservation work on behalf of several of North America‘s most critically imperiled butterflies that occur in South Florida. Habitat loss, natural disasters and anti-mosquito spraying have taken their toll over the last decade. The chapter‘s current projects include supporting the reintroduction of the Miami Blue butterfly in the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks and elevating awareness of the rapidly declining Zestos Skipper on the Florida Keys.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier research and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden houses the National Palm Collection as recognized by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), has the world‘s greatest living collection of palms; an education program reaching more than 26,000 school children per year; hosts popular events like the International Mango and Orchid Festivals, the Ramble, concerts, affiliated plant society shows and sales and more; and, is a not-for-profit organization relying on the support of its 39,000 members and benefactors. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33156. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. For more information, please visit www.fairchildgarden.org.