Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

October 2013 Speaker

Our October meeting will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday, October 10 at the Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach.  Our speaker will be Mike Boulware from the Florida Museum of Natural History.  He is the Living Exhibit Specialist at their Butterfly Rainforest exhibit and is kindly taking time out from preparing for the upcoming ButterflyFest to come to our meeting.  I must say, of all the bios I have looked at in my career, his is on a very short list for “Most Interesting.”

Mike says he is a Florida Cracker and is a Certified Interpretive Trainer, a country guitar player (CGP), an Outreach Specialist, published writer, volunteer manager and a husband and father.  He is also an expert on fine American-made musical instruments which led him to be featured in both Smart Money and Vintage Guitar magazines.  He has recorded with a variety of musicians as diverse as Bo Diddley and Eddie Money and has performed onstage at the Florida Folk Festival where he was named a Master of Tradition there in the mid-1990s.  He returned to the festival, in 2009, with a remake of his parents’ band, The Florida Favorites, which he called the NEW Florida Faves.

Mike was a chocolate farmer in Costa Rica from 1973 to the early 1990s.  He then became a Certified Organic Farmer in Florida which was a lead up to his present employment.  He joined the UF Museum of Natural History when the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity was completed in 2004 and has become an integral part of their Butterfly Rainforest section.  He has lived in Gainesville for the last twenty-five years.

Mike will tell us a bit about the Butterfly Rainforest at the Museum, a bit about the upcoming ButterflyFest and a lot about Butterfly conservation and the importance of Butterfly Gardening.  Please come and bring a friend. 

Refreshments will be served.

Also set aside some time October 19 or 20 to attend the ButterflyFest at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville – it will be a great show.