Message From the IBBA President
The greatest single thing about the IBBA is the people. Officers and board members freely share their wealth of knowledge and experience with members like you to help you raise healthier butterflies. They receive no payment of any kind for their generosity – not even discounts on dues or conventions. Quite the opposite. Most of them dig deep into their own pockets to make sure that every IBBA event is the best and most memorable possible. All of your dues and contributions are spent on improving the quality of our membership programming, so that we can help you improve as a butterfly farmer.
It’s been a privilege to be an IBBA board member, committee chair, vice-president and now president. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other board member if we can ever help you in any way.
Visit the monarch butterfly sanctuaries in Mexico 2020
Come see millions of monarch butterflies! Every year, millions of monarch butterflies make the journey to spend the winter in the beautiful mountains of Mexico. The monarch overwintering numbers are up. The IBBA is heading down for another fantastic trip. This year, we will visit the monarch sanctuaries of Rosario, Cerro Pelon, and Piedra Herrada. We are one of the few trips to visit three different butterfly sanctuaries (with an option to trade one of the sanctuary days for a cottage industry tour to learn how locals, high in the mountains of Mexico, provide for their families).
Experienced, licensed local guides will share the beauty, history, and heritage of amazing places we will visit. Learn about and experience the local culture. We are also one of the only trips to start and end from Morelia, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage City. Along our journey, we will also visit the mountain town of Macheros and the lakeside town of Valle de Bravo.
IBBA Butterfly Professionals’ Convention
Announcing the IBBA Butterfly Professionals’ Convention 2020, November 4-8
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Raising Monarch | How to Do it Right Video Series
A step by step video tutorial on the basics of rearing monarch butterflies. In this 6 video series, you will learn how to properly pair monarch butterflies, collect their eggs, wash their eggs, mount pupae, check for OE, and more!
NEW! Coffee and Caterpillars
By: Bonnie McInturf
Help Save Oyamel Fir Trees and Their Monarchs
Illegal logging activities in Mexican butterfly sanctuaries are destroying the Oyamel Fir trees that migrating monarchs need to survive. Habitat loss along the entire monarch butterfly migratory route has decreased size of Mexico’s monarch overwintering sites by at least 84% over the last 20 years.
Info Share-Let’s Talk About Butterflies!
Open discussions in real time about raising/breeding/farming topics and also updates from the board. We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 8pm EST. It’s a open conference call with IBBA members. For access to the call, please contact Connie Hodsdon.
Topics will be guided by members on the call. Watch the IBBA Mailing List for further details.
IBBA Continuing Education Program
The IBBA will be providing breeder-specific courses for raising healthy butterflies. Upon completion of a continuing education course, you will be entitled to display the IBBA Continuing Education Seal. Courses are FREE unless stated otherwise.