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"Central Florida Butterflies"
Jim Stahl is the retired natural areas manager from the Columbus, Ohio park system of over 20,000 acres and a retired adjunct professor/senior lecturer at Otterbein College and Capital University. He is an eco-tourism guide taking cruise ship passengers on nature outings, an active volunteer at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Enchanted Forest. Those of you that attend the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival hopefully have joined Jim on his guided field trips showcasing the flora at Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary and the North Brevard Area.
Butterfly watching, scientifically known as Lepidoptry, is a rapidly growing hobby among nature lovers. On sunny days around noon when birds are least active, butterflies are most active; providing birders a good alternative. Over 185 species of these winged jewels occur in Florida. We'll look at some of the more common species from around Central Florida along with their caterpillars and host plants. Those wanting to attract butterflies to their yard will definitely get some great ideas from Jim on what the best plants would be.
We look forward to another great turnout.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all general meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. in Calvin Hall at the Rockledge Presbyterian Church, 921 Rockledge Drive (on the corner of Orange Ave) Rockledge, FL.
photo credit: Scarlet Ibis and Roseate Spoonbill at Brevard Zoo by Dee Fairbanks Simpson