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The IBBA Butterfly Professionals Convention 2023 and 25th Anniversary Celebration: Join Us in Orlando, Florida, November 2023 for an Unforgettable Experience!
Dates: November 8th-11th with optional activities on the 12th and 13th.
This momentous occasion promises to be an unforgettable experience, with a host of exciting activities to mark this milestone.
We will visit working butterfly farms where attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn all about the business of raising butterflies. With numerous hands-on learning presentations, participants will gain valuable insights into butterfly breeding. Additional educational activities include classroom activities and presentations.
Our anniversary celebration also offers ample opportunities for networking with fellow professionals in the industry. Attendees can connect with like-minded individuals, forge new partnerships, and discuss industry trends and challenges. The event is also an excellent platform for sharing ideas and exchanging insights, providing attendees with valuable opportunities to learn from one another.
Of course, our 25th anniversary celebration would not be complete without plenty of fun and excitement! We have planned an array of entertaining activities, including field trips, a banquet and much more. Our event promises to be a celebration of our past achievements and an inspiring look towards the future.
November 8th-11th: We will visit two butterfly farms; Butterfly Dan’s and Metamorphosis Butterfly Farm. We will have additional field trips and educational activities and presentations throughout these days.
Optional days November 12th and 13th: Fun activities TBA, followed with an open house at Flutterby Gardens Butterfly Farm.
Come celebrate our 25th anniversary with us and be part of an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss!Register Now!
Fund Raising Auction for Butterflies and Their People
Help us raise fund for Butterflies and Their People by bidding in the auction.
Rick Mikula shares his love of butterflies with a variety of audiences, including kids, and has found a unique way to connect with all of them. In order to make what he’s teaching more concrete, he has developed a costume that illustrates how butterflies use their senses.
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.
Info Share Archives
Monarch SOPs and Testing for Oe
We are discussing standard operating procedures for raising monarchs – testing for Oe – identifying Oe – optimal conditions for rearing caterpillars and more. Videos of testing for Oe as well as what you see through the lens of the microscope are included. Led by Jachus Sundby and Connie Hodsdon
“Raising Monarchs | 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!
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.
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.