The exhibit, which opened during the nature center's Butterfly Day on November 20, combines macro-photography with interpretive information to foster appreciation of our area’s unique and complex ecosystem. Approximately a hundred butterfly species, or about half of all that occur in Florida, have been found in subtropical South Florida, approximately 80 of which are represented in the exhibit. Most of these are uncommon to rare, with about two dozen listed by the state as imperiled.
The exhibit comes to us from the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), made possible in part by a grant from South Florida National Parks Trust. The photos are by Jamie Bernard, Linda Cooper, Ron Nuehring, Bill Perry, Hank Poor, Holly Salvato, Jim Spencer, Mickey Wheeler, and Michelle Wisniewski.
NABA was formed in 1992; the Miami Blue Chapter was established in 2000 by a dedicated friend of the Big Cypress National Preserve, Dr. Robert L. Kelley (1937-2006). Our Broward Chapter has an active membership that sponsors lectures, special events, and butterfly counts. NABA is a membership-based, nonprofit organization working to increase the public awareness, enjoyment, and conservation of butterflies. Its local chapters sponsor field trips, educational programs, and conservation initiatives. Butterfly collecting is not endorsed except for bona fide scientific research. For further information, go to www.BrowardButterflies.org and www.NABA.org.
Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center
3501 S.W. 130th Ave., Davie, FL 33330