This year, the banquet will be held Wednesday, April 15, 2015, beginning at 6:00 pm in the MCL Restaurant, 25th and Ohio Blvd in Terre Haute, Indiana. The cost of the banquet is $20.00 per person to be paid at the door. Please make your reservation by contacting Phil Cox, by April 10th via email or phone: email@example.com, 765-548-4007.
Identifying Indiana's Common Butterflies
Jeffrey Belth, author of Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide, will introduce us to Indiana's common butterflies and using his photographs will show us how to identify them, even those species which at first glance appear similar. Jeff will also have copies of his book available for purchase.
The Monarch Butterfly: International Traveler
In this program, Sandy Belth, Assistant Naturalist for Monroe County Parks & Recreation, will describe the life cycle and spectacular migration of the Monarch butterfly. Sandy's presentation will answer such questions as what plants Monarchs rely on to complete their life cycle, how long the life cycle takes to complete, what flowers the adult Monarchs seek out for nectar, and why and how Monarchs undertake their migration to Mexico. For many years the Monarch population has been declining. Sandy will discuss the latest research as to why this is happening and offer some ideas on what we can do to help. She will also include an account of her and Jeff's recent visit to the Monarch's overwintering sites in Mexico.
Jeff Belth has been chasing butterflies since childhood, and photographing them for over 25 years. He has worked for the Indiana State Parks and the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. His book, Butterflies of Indiana: A Field Guide, which he wrote, designed, and illustrated, was published by the Indiana University Press in 2012. It won the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award for best nature guidebook and was hailed by the News of the Lepidopterists' Society as "unquestionably the finest local butterfly field guide ever produced." He lives near Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife Sandy.
Sandy Belth is a life-long naturalist and has worked for the Indiana State Parks and currently works as a naturalist for the Monroe County Parks and Recreation Department. She presents programs for all ages on a variety of topics, including fossils, animal signs, birds, and butterfly gardening. She is the founder and coordinator of Bug Fest, Bloomington's one-day immersion in the world of insects attended by hundreds of people each year. She is an Indiana Master Gardener and also writes a regular nature column for the Bloomington Herald-Times. She lives near Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband Jeff.