2021 IBBA Butterfly Professionals Convention
Nov 4th through Nov 6th
Euchee Butterfly Farm
14024 E 171 STREET SOUTH
BIXBY OK 74008
The 2021 convention will be at Euchee Butterfly Farm and oh what a farm! This is one of the leading butterfly breeding farms in the country covering over 1000 acres of natural habitat and breeding capacity. Under the conservatorship of Jane Breckinridge and David Bohlken, the Euchee Butterfly Farm strives to conserve ecosystems of native butterflies and is a joy to visit.
This is a high production butterfly farm and it is our opportunity to interact with all aspects of breeding butterflies from growing plants to the production cycle of butterflies to shipping butterflies across the country. The convention will focus on these activities through a work-shop based approach for all key parts of the breeding operation. Additionally, we will have speakers who are experts in their fields to guide us through these processes. This is your opportunity to improve your own operations and we look forward to another great convention from the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Come have fun!
Note: We will have field trip opportunities Thursday morning and also Sunday TBD.
Also, transportation to and from the farm and the hotel is provided for registered attendees.
Thursday, November 4:
AM: Meet for field trip TBA
(Thursday meals are not included in registration price)
6:00 PM Meet & Greet / Registration
7:00 PM Dinner on your own. Meet in lobby to go with the group.
Friday, November 5:
9:00 AM Welcome from Jane Breckinridge
Jane will discuss the history of the farm and the current projects of the Tribal Alliance. She will also tell us about the facilities and events provided at the farm including meetings, weddings, memorials, etc.
10:30 AM Dr. Wayne Wehling, Director of Permits, USDA
Dr. Wehling will discuss permitting and other relevant information for our industry. He will also be available for group or private questions and answers.
11:30 AM State of the Industry TBD
An open forum and discussion among members and others in the butterfly industry. This discussion is foundational to the direction of our industry and the support required by the IBBA. This is an opportunity to articulate opinions and thoughts needed for our industry to grow, especially after the effects of Covid-19.
12:30 PM Lunch at the Farm including Networking & Socializing
2:00 PM Habitat Restoration for Pollinators
Bring your shovel! (Kidding – we will supply shovels!). We will be restoring essential habitat for butterflies. We will plant up to 20 different species of host and nectar plants as a conservation project for restoration. We will be joined by a local plant pathologist who will discuss how to optimize the growth of your host plants and will be available to answer your questions.
4:00 PM Tours of Greenhouses and Gardens
Tour of the three greenhouses and multiple gardens to discuss greenhouse operation and management, plant production, how to increase plant yields, plant pathology, detailed discussion of raising plants including soil, nutrients, pH, plant passing control, use of pesticides, and indoor versus outdoor plant production. We will also discuss best practices to use these plants for raising butterflies.
6:30 PM Dinner at the Farm
Enjoy dinner by the fire pit or find a relaxing spot with new friends
Saturday, November 6:
9:00 AM Bryan Reynolds—Oklahoma Nature Photographer/Founder: Butterflies of the World Foundation
Bryan loves the challenge of Nature Photography; especially in Oklahoma. After visiting many public lands and collaborating with many experts in the field of butterfly study, he realized how quickly some species were disappearing directly as a result of human activity. Bryan’s passion for butterfly conservation has taken him to 13 states and has authored publications to the National Geographic Society, The Smithsonian Institution, The Nature Conservancy, and others.
10:30 AM Keynote Speaker Dr. David James -Monarch Studies and Migration Patterns
Dr. James, currently a professor of Entomology at Washington State University, has written extensively on the subject of butterflies, including co-authoring the encyclopedia work on over 600 known species of caterpillars from around the world, Life Histories of Cascadia Butterflies. He studied Zoology at the University of Salford (Manchester England) then migrated to Australia to work for the New South Wales Department of Agriculture in Sydney, researching agricultural pests and their management using non-chemical methods like biological control and pheromones. His PhD is on the winter biology of Monarch butterflies in Sydney Australia.
He currently is working on the study of the changing behavior of the Monarchs. Dr. James is looking at the changes in the monarch migration patterns as temperatures change throughout the world. Last winter was the lowest recorded monarch population on the West Coast. What does the future hold for the Monarchs? These changes have major impact on our industry. For the butterfly world this is a key lecture not to miss.
Dr. James will also be joining us for our round table on Butterfly Pests and Disease Control.
12:00 PM Lunch at the Farm
This is your opportunity to check out auction items and vendor items
Afternoon Tours and Workshops
1:00 PM Tour Flight Houses (Domestic Species and Tropical Species)
David Bohlken and staff will provide a tour of the flight houses, discussing the impact of indoor and outdoor flight houses. These discussions will include the production of both tropical butterflies and domestic butterflies. Domestic species include Eastern Black Swallowtails on fennel, dill, and parsleys; Eastern Giant Swallowtails on rue, common buckeyes on plantain; Painted Ladies on holly hocks, thistles, mallows, and artificial diet; Monarchs on tropical milkweed, Variegated Fritillaries on pansies, and discuss the latest surge of the Gorgeous Diana Fritillaries which also feed on native violets. David will also discuss the rearing of tropical Zebra Longwings on passion vine.
3:00 PM Tour Larva Production Building
We will dive deep into the larva production building and discuss methodology for raising caterpillars. Topics include breeding, mating, egg production, managing host plants for butterfly breeding, types of cages and containment needed, larva production and management. We look for in-depth questions and discussions.
4:00 PM Shipping Butterflies
David Bohlken will provide his proven methods for packing and shipping butterflies with equipment and products necessary for safe shipment. David takes great care of shipping live butterflies by expediting a small six-can cooler with ice so that customers receive calm, live and healthy butterflies. David will demonstrate how he ships eggs and caterpillars that arrive in great shape.
5:00 PM Round Table Discussion-Butterfly Pest & Disease Control
Completing the convention is an in-depth discussion by industry leaders in the control of butterfly pests and disease. Dr. James will share his experiences and expert knowledge on prevention and control of pests and disease.
6:00 PM Mixer by the Fire / Cocktails
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Auction Results
Sunday, November 7:
AM: Meet for field trip TBA
(Sunday meals are not included in registration price)
Registration includes all farm tours and activities and meals at the farm and transportation to and from the hotel and the farm for convention activities. Meals at the farm are Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch and dinner.
Member price: $180 (Click to Purchase Tickets) (price includes family, friends, etc that are attending with the member)
Convention registration deadline: October 31st.
Cancellation fee after October 31st: $25 per person
Holiday Inn-Tulsa City Center
17 West 7th Street, Tulsa, OK 74119
King Standard: $99
2 Queens Standard: $109
King Suite: $129
Rate includes breakfast and airport transportation to and from hotel and airport (Subject to availability and may change. Contact the hotel directly for up-to-date information).
You must make your own reservations under the IBBA room block in order to receive the group pricing and free breakfast. IBBA special room rates for convention dates and dates before and after, if you choose to stay for field trips or time on your own. Deadline for room registration October 7th.
To receive your discounted group rate attendees must make reservations no later than 10/7/2021 & reference your group code:
- You can start making reservations immediately through one of the options below.
- Group booking link: Please click HERE to make your reservation online
- Toll Free: Please call 1-855-914-1748 with your group code
- Hotel Direct: Please call 918-585-5898 with your group code
Tulsa International Airport (TUL)
Airport transportation is provided by the above hotel with reservation. Subject to availability. Contact the hotel directly.
All staff and workers at Euchee Butterfly Farm are fully vaccinated. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering Euchee Butterfly farm.
I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19. I acknowledge that the International Butterfly Breeders Association and Euchee Butterfly Farm cannot guarantee that I will not become infected with COVID-19 and that I assume the risk of becoming exposed and/or infected. I acknowledge that I will not attend the IBBA convention if I experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of attendance. I also acknowledge that I am responsible for all cancellation fees incurred by myself or others in my party as related to booking for the convention and that certain amenities, schedules, etc may change or cancel due to circumstances beyond control of IBBA and Euchee Butterfly Farm, including full cancellation of convention if local or other authorities or vendors see fit to close or limit activities. I understand that it is my responsibility to know and accept all cancellation fees and requirements. IBBA and EBF will not be held responsible for any cancellation fees, including convention, hotel, airfare, or other travel. I release and agree to hold harmless IBBA and EBF, its officers, staff, representatives from any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses, and compensation for damage or loss caused by any act or failure to act of IBBA or EBF or that may arise in any connection with services connected with IBBA convention and that upon registration for the convention, I release IBBA and EBF, officers. staff, representatives, from any liability or claim with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from or in connection to any services from IBBA or EBF.