Dedicated to the protection of birds, other animals, and their habitats through education and activism
Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170; president@SEVolusiaAudubon.org
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
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
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.