Your Favorite Butterfly Photo could Win $500

texas butterfly festival Perhaps you are new to butterflying?  Or maybe you would like to start a life list of butterflies that you have seen. There can be no better place this fall than at the Texas Butterfly Festival for seeing a wide variety of butterflies while learning from world-class trip leaders and expert guides. The Festival is taking place during prime butterfly season, when you may reasonably expect to see more than 60 species in a day. The Festival is November 1st through 4th, starting each day at the National Butterfly Center in  Mission, Texas.

Even if a trip to Texas is not a possibility, one of the best ways to promote conservation of wildlife is through a camera lens—and it’s no different with butterflies. The North American Butterfly Photo Contest, held in conjunction with the Texas Butterfly Festival, is one way in which people young and old may appreciate butterflies, while preserving and protecting species populations. It’s also a way for people who cannot travel to the Rio Grande Valley to the Texas Butterfly Festival to support our mission and participate in a meaningful way. Plus there are prizes: Grand Prize: $500 Cash, 1st Runner Up: $250, Honorable Mentions: $100 ea.

Consider this suggestion from the National Butterfly Center: “Grab your camera—or phone—and go chase butterflies!” states Marianna Trevino Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center, host of the Texas Butterfly Festival, “You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get that one great shot and win cash in this contest. Even last year’s winner got lucky, when we unexpectedly captured two butterflies in one frame for the fascinating image that won over the judges.”

Butterflies may be found in backyards and parks, green spaces and wild places,” explains Wright. “You don’t have to go far to enjoy them; you just have to go outside and look for them. We hope the contest will spark an interest in people who may not have paid attention to butterflies in the past, and encourage them to learn more about these precious pollinators.”

To find out more about the North American Butterfly Photo Contest visit The Texas Butterfly Festival site.

If Every Day Was Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, North American Butterfly Association is holding a week-long raffle, Monday April 21st through Friday April 25, 2014. There will be a raffle drawing and prize awarded each day!

If every day was Earth Day and we all lived with Earth’s care as a priority, then the Earth would be in much better shape. Of course, April 25th is not really Earth Day– but it is the next best thing, Arbor Day. It is traditional on Arbor Day to plant trees. Did you know that many butterflies rely on trees during part of their life cycle? Hackberry, willow, oak, poplar, and wild cherry trees are all important caterpillar food plants. Next time you plant a tree, consider planting caterpillar food.

Raffle Prize Earth Day Friday’s raffle prize is not a tree but something else that butterflies will love. High Country Gardens  has donated a pre-Planned Pollinator Paradise Garden as today’s raffle prize. The flowers in this garden package will benefit butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds!

There are three different ways to win a chance for the daily raffle prize: 1)  join NABA, 2) give a gift membership to NABA, or 3) certify your butterfly garden (and buy a certified sign at the same time). Any of these options will enter you for a chance to win the daily raffle prize.

Thinking about joining NABA and certifying your garden? Your name will be entered twice in the daily drawing. The raffle prize winner will be selected at random from all new memberships, gift memberships, and certified butterfly garden applications received online from Friday April 25 at 12:01 AM until Midnight Friday April 25th.

Learn more about North American Butterfly Association and its programs that promote

enjoying butterflies and their habitat, please visit: About NABA

Earth Day Never Ends

To celebrate Earth Day, North American Butterfly Association is holding a week-long raffle, Monday April 21st through Friday April 25, 2014. There will be a raffle drawing and prize awarded each day!

You can make Earth Day never end for butterflies by planting regionally native plants in your yard, garden, or even, on your balcony! NABA has regional garden guides that can help you get started selecting plants that are native to your region and preferred by butterflies.

Two raffle prizes will be awarded today to one winner! 

American Meadows raffle prizeThursday’s raffle prizes can help you as well. American Meadows has donated 1/4 pound of their native wildflower seed mix as today’s raffle prize. The native wildflower seed mixes are geared towards specific regions in the United States. Today’s raffle winner will be sent the native wildflower mix that is appropriate for his or her state.

Thursday has an additional prize, a $25 gift card. It has been generously donated byGardener’s Supply Company, which has a range of products that would suit butterfly gardeners as well as butterfly watchers. We thank Gardener’s Supply Company for supporting NABA!

There are three different ways to win a chance for the daily raffle prizes: 1)  join NABA, 2) give a gift membership to Gardeners Supply Gift CardsNABA, or 3) certify your butterfly garden (and buy a certified sign at the same time). Any of these options will enter you for a chance to win the daily raffle prizes.

Thinking about joining NABA and certifying your garden? Your name will be entered twice in the daily drawing. The raffle prize winner will be selected at random from all new memberships, gift memberships, and certified butterfly garden applications received online from Thursday April 24 at 12:01 AM until Midnight Thursday April 24th.

Learn more about North American Butterfly Association and its programs that promote

enjoying butterflies and their habitat, please visit: About NABA

Butterflies Are Still Celebrating Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, North American Butterfly Association is holding a week-long raffle, Monday April 21st through Friday April 25, 2014. There will be a raffle drawing and prize awarded each day!

Butterflies celebrate Earth Day every day, so why should you limit yourself to just April 22nd? By joining NABA, certifying your butterfly garden, or both, you can celebrate Earth Day every day by demonstrating your commitment to protecting butterflies throughout the year. Through NABA membership and garden certification, you are helping promote the planting of native grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs throughout North America, all of which provide valuable habitat for butterflies and pollinators.

Gardeners Supply Gift CardsWednesday’s raffle prize is a $25 gift card. It has been generously donated by Gardener’s Supply Company, which has a range of products that would suit butterfly gardeners as well as butterfly watchers. We thank Gardener’s Supply Company for supporting NABA!

There are three different ways to win a chance for the daily raffle prize: 1)  join NABA, 2) give a gift membership to NABA, or 3) certify your butterfly garden (and buy a certified sign at the same time). Any of these options will enter you for a chance to win the daily raffle prizes.

Thinking about joining NABA and certifying your garden? Your name will be entered twice in the daily drawing. The raffle prize winner will be selected at random from all new memberships, gift memberships, and certified butterfly garden applications received online from Wednesday April 23 at 12:01 AM until Midnight Wednesday April 23rd.

Learn more about North American Butterfly Association and its programs that promote

enjoying butterflies and their habitat, please visit: About NABA

Celebrate Earth Day with North American Butterfly Association

To celebrate Earth Day, North American Butterfly Association is holding a week-long raffle, Monday April 21st through Friday April 25, 2014. There will be a raffle drawing and prize awarded each day!

Gardener's Supply CompanyGardener's Supply CompanyEarth day is held each April 22 to show support for environmental protection and reform. What better way to show your concern for Earth’s finite resources than through the protection and promotion of butterfly and pollinator habitat?  Join NABA or certify your butterfly garden to let others know that by saving butterflies, we are taking steps toward saving ourselves.

Two raffle prizes will be awarded today to one winner! 

Earth Day raffle prize from Toadshade Wildflower FarmToadshade Wildflower Farm has graciously donated a plant from their nursery for NABA’s Tuesday raffle. The owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm, Dr. Randi Eckel, chose Hollow Joe Pye Weed to donate to NABA’s raffle because “Hollow Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium fistulosum) is a fantastic nectar plant for butterflies and pollinators!  Huge domes of thousands of pink/purple flowers from July through September on 6-8’ tall plants make it hard to miss.  It is also known as Trumpetweed and Queen-of-the-Meadow.” Toadshade Wildflower Farm grows many other plants that are useful in butterfly gardens in addition to Hollow Joe Pye Weed.

Earth day raffle prize Gardeners Supply Gift Cards
Tuesday’s other raffle prize is a $25 gift card. It has been generously donated by Gardener’s Supply Company, which has a range of products that would suit butterfly gardeners as well as butterfly watchers. We thank Gardener’s Supply Company for supporting NABA!

There are three different ways to win a chance for the daily raffle prize: 1)  join NABA, 2) give a gift membership to NABA, or 3) certify your butterfly garden (and buy a certified sign at the same time). Any of these options will enter you for a chance to win the daily raffle prizes.

Thinking about joining NABA and certifying your garden? Your name will be entered twice in the daily drawing. The raffle prize winner will be selected at random from all new memberships, gift memberships, and certified butterfly garden applications received online from Tuesday April 22 at 12:01 AM until Midnight Tuesday April 22nd.

Learn more about North American Butterfly Association and its programs that promote

enjoying butterflies and their habitat, please visit: About NABA

Cannot Wait for Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day, North American Butterfly Association is holding a week-long raffle, Monday April 21st through Friday April 25, 2014.

There will be a raffle drawing and prize awarded each day!

Gardeners Supply Gift Cards

Monday’s raffle prize is a $25 gift card, which has been generously donated by Gardener’s Supply Company. Their online catalog has a range of products that would suit butterfly gardeners as well as butterfly watchers. We thank Gardener’s Supply Company for supporting NABA!

There are three different ways to win a chance for the daily raffle prize: 1)  join NABA, 2) give a gift membership to NABA, or 3) certify your butterfly garden (and buy a certified sign at the same time). Any of these options will enter you for a chance to win the daily raffle prize.

Thinking about joining NABA and certifying your garden? Your name will be entered twice in the daily drawing. The raffle prize winner will be selected at random from all new memberships, gift memberships, and certified butterfly garden applications received online from Monday April 21 at 12:01 AM until Midnight Monday April 21st.

Learn more about North American Butterfly Association and its programs that promote

enjoying butterflies and their habitat, please visit: About NABA