Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dates: Wednesday, November 4th-Sunday, November 8th with optional activities before and after.
Wednesday, Nov 4: Meet and greet
Thursday, Nov 5: Field trips
Friday, Nov 6-Saturday, Nov 7: Days at the butterfly farm; tours of the farm, presentations, hands-on demonstrations, butterfly house, gardens, greenhouse, etc
Sunday, Nov 8-Monday, Nov 9: Optional activities; Stay and Play and field trips
Hosted by David Bolhken and Jane Breckenridge at the Euchee Butterfly Farm, near Tulsa, Oklahoma, www.nativebutterflies.org
David Bohlken of Monarchs Forever is the current IBBA president and has been in the butterfly rearing industry for approximately 30 years. Jane Breckenridge runs the Euchee Butterfly Farm and is co-director of Tribal Alliance for Pollinators. The husband and wife team have extensive backgrounds in the butterfly breeding industry, including farming and exhibits, are active in butterfly and habitat conservation, and support economic independence of local Native American tribal people. Go to the website to learn the fascinating history of their land and farm details at www.nativebutterflies.org.
Spend time at the Euchee Butterfly Farm located near Tulsa, Oklahoma, within the Muscogee Creek Indian Reservation. Various butterflies and plants are raised and produced at the butterfly farm which consists of greenhouses, a tropical flight house and an outdoor flight house, rearing spaces, a meeting hall that hosts various meetings throughout the year, and a learning center. David and Jane also run several butterfly exhibits throughout the country.
Tour the farm and facilities, including hands-on demonstrations, and presentations. Learn all about butterfly farming, plant production, mobile and fixed butterfly exhibits, tours, educational materials, butterfly releases, marketing, etc. while also getting a taste of Oklahoma and Native American culture.
Field trips include:
- Tallgrass Prairie by The Nature Conservancy-This is the world’s largest remaining protected tallgrass prairie and consists of breathtaking native landscapes and a variety of native flora and fauna including North American Bison. This is also the 2020 main filming location of a new Martin Scorsese movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio called Killers of the Flower Moon, based on the best-selling book about a true story of the 1920’s murders of Osage tribal members who became rich after discovering oil on their land and the birth of the FBI.
- Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman Mercantile
- Chickasaw Cultural Center-This consists of an exhibit center, campus grounds, fine art exhibit, a recreation of a traditional native village, and a cafe with both American and Native American fare.
Save the dates! This will be an incredible convention with lots of networking and learning opportunities. More information coming soon.