Phoenix photographer and butterfly enthusiast Dave Powell invites Arboretum visitors to tag along and learn about butterflies during this annual tally of all the butterflies that can be counted over the course of the day around the gardens. Sponsored by the Central Arizona Butterfly Association, the count offers a chance to seek butterflies in other areas, too; similar to the annual Christmas Bird Count held in December, the count circle covers a 15-mile diameter breadth of eastern Pinal County including Oak Flat, Devil’s Canyon, downtown Superior and other spots within. At lunch participants can convene at a local restaurant in Superior or bring your own and picnic at the arboretum.
Scottsdale butterfly expert Marceline VandeWater holds the record for the most species observed in a single day (44) during this count two years ago. To participate with the count, connect with organizers via the website cazba.org; read more about arboretum events at http://arboretum. ag.arizona.edu/location.html.
Arboretum daily admission of $9 includes the event; unlike the Christmas Bird Count there’s no additional charge to participate. The recorded event information line is 520-689-2811.