August 24 Saturday
MOTH NIGHT at the Arboretum
Members-Only After Hours Event
5:00pm main gate reopens for members-only night
5-6pm live music with Russ Braman
6-7pm live music with Gary Kaplowitz
6-7pm Lecture and Slideshow in the Smith Building Lecture Room
7-8pm (repeats) Lecture and Slideshow in the Smith Building Lecture Room
8-9pm Moth Lighting, and UV Scorpion Walk
Will you join us Aug. 24 for our special "Moth Night" after-hours event? We hope so – make sure to bring your BTA membership card (its members-only, and we'll be checking arrivals at the gate); please also note the updates below to our schedule – and also a request that should help reduce crowd size for our lecture that evening. We'll offer it twice, back-to-back from 6-7pm and 7-8pm, and we're asking guests with last names A-M to attend the 6pm lecture and those with names M-Z to attend at 7pm. Summer lecture room audiences exceeded capacity twice – so we're hoping this schedule will accommodate all who want to attend, and keep everyone in air-conditioned comfort.
We've arranged a special night of music, too: back-to-back performers with guitarist Russ Braman playing a set of his original instrumentals 5-6pm, and then Gary 'Dr.K' Kaplowitz from 6-7pm.
How do you attract moths?
Aim bright lights onto a white sheet suspended on a pitch-black night. How do you attract photographers, nature-lovers -- and all who enjoy an unusual outing with interesting people?
Repeat step one - and than announce it as "Moth Night at BTA" on Aug. 24! If you missed our prior nighttime adventures this summer, mark your calendars and be here for the next one - our nighttime event finale for the summer season. We've teamed up with Central Arizona Butterfly Association ( CAZBA.org) volunteers to arrange a special members-only night for Friends Of The Arboretum and also CAZBA members; a few details have yet to be made concrete, but this much we're sure of: we'll close at 3pm as usual and then reopen the gate for you, our special guests, at 5:00. We're planning to offer some live music in the visitor center breezeway from 6:00-7:15, followed by a lecture and slideshow of dramatic closeups of insects from about 7:30-8:30, and then after dark we'll head out into the gardens to see -- and photograph -- moths, lace-wings, arthropods and more up-close; and with expert photographers such as Paul Landau and scorpion photography enthusiast Dave Oberpriller offering their advice and tips on nocturnal camera settings.
Our first Moth Night event in August of 2011 was a hit -- drawing about 100 of our annual members "like moths to a flame," and gave us an opportunity to learn a few prime spots to set up white-light sheets to attract insects.
CAZBA board member and BTA tourguide-volunteer Marceline Vandewater predicts our 2013 event will be even better; with clement weather, that is! Marceline shared the images on this page, too, from our 2011 event.
"This year we are fortunate to have Biologist Margarethe Brummermann as our special guest and the evening will include a short presentation on insect identification at dusk indoors in the lecture room -- followed by the main event: white sheets illuminated by mercury-vapor lights that will attract a variety of insects. We'll have plenty opportunity to photograph and observe them up-close, with Margarethe to help us ID the unusual and rare ones. Judging by our prior event, and the Arboretum's popular Scorpion Night outings this summer -- you can expect an event that will be great fun for families, kids, entomologists and photographers - just about everyone who enjoyed a little adventure outroos and after dark."
Organizers suggest bringing a small flashlight and wearing comfortable shoes; preferably closed-toe shoes.
You're not already a BTA annual member, but you'd love to attend this event? Call today! Membership is a bargain at $50 for a year for a couple -- our entry level -- and you can purchase membership by credit card with a call to our staff at 520. 689. 2723 during daytime business hours of 6:30am - 2:30 pm.
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