Connecticut Butterfly Association Fall Meeting
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
- Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00-3:00 PM
- Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden, CT 06517-2749
Speaker: Rick Cech
Title: BUTTERFLY HABITS OF THE EAST COAST
Many of our rarest and most sought-after butterfly species rely for their survival on specialized and unusual habitats—along with a host of other valuable “habitat obligate” organisms, many of which are threatened or endangered. An array of rich and unique habitats can be found along the East Coast, often in little-known niches. Come see butterfly naturalist and writer Rick Cech describe the intriguing ecological forces that shape these exotic communities, where many of our most exotic butterflies dwell.
An active field naturalist since childhood, also now a natural history author and photographer, Rick Cech is an affiliate curator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in Entomology. He is the principal author and photographer of Butterflies of the East Coast: An Observer’s Guide (Princeton, 2005), and wrote “A Distributional Checklist of the Butterflies and Skippers of the New York City Area.” Rick co-authored the National Audubon Society Regional Guide to Florida. His recent works include editing and photography for the iApp “Audubon Butterflies – A Field Guide to North American Butterflies,” and development of the FoldingGuides regional butterfly series.
A life-long field observer, explorer and trip leader, Rick brings innovative perspectives to the study and appreciation of natural history. He played a formative role in originating the Sibley Guide series, as well as the National Audubon Society Interactive CD-ROM Guide to North American Birds. Rick’s photography is widely published, in articles and books (including more than 950 in both Butterflies of the East Coast and Audubon Butterflies) as well as in photo exhibits and displays. He has led nature trips since the early 1980s, and makes regular presentations to natural history and botanical organizations across the country.
Directions: From New Haven, take Whitney Avenue north approximately four miles and turn left on Putnam Avenue. Go approximately 0.7 miles and turn right on Leeder Hill Drive. Whitney Center is at 200 Leeder Hill Drive. From New Haven or Hartford via I-91, take Exit 6 to Middletown Avenue heading north. Turn left at Edwards Street or Willow Street. Turn right at Whitney Avenue, left on Putnam, then right on Leeder Hill as described above.