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Southeast Michigan Butterfly Association
Calendar of Events 2017

April 19, at 7PM, Speaker Don Drife - Independent Naturalist and Blogger. Topic: "The Milkweed Community" - Everyone knows about the Monarch Butterfly and its needs for milkweed plants in order to survive. But many other insects and some non-insects also make their home in the milkweed community. Join naturalist and photographer Don Drife as he presents a program on the many organisms, which feed on and among the different species of milkweeds, and those that make passing visits.

May 17, at 7PM, Movie Night. We'll provide the popcorn and drinks! Join us for a viewing of "Toward Harmony with Nature, Native Plants, and Natural Landscapes" - The value of having native plants in our yards by Doug Tallamy, Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, author of "Bringing Nature Home".

June 21, at 7PM, Speaker and a Plant sale. Speaker Brenda Dziedzic - Author and Owner of Brenda's Butterfly Habitat. Topic: "Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden" - Learn the plants needed, to attract butterflies to your garden. Plant sale by Debbie Barson - Owner of Barson's Greenhouse. She will have butterfly host and nectar plants available.

July 19, at 7PM, Field Trip to Brenda Dziedzic's and John Blair's garden. This month we will visit not one, but two beautiful butterfly gardens! Brenda Dziedzic, the author of Learn about Butterflies in the Garden, will host visitors to her fantastic garden nestled into a typical residential yard. Likewise, butterfly enthusiast, John Blair, will host guests to his garden, which is a hidden treasure among the trees. Further details and location information to come!

August 16, at 7PM, Speaker Carolyn Sohoza - SEMBA President. Topic: "Maintaining Butterfly Gardens" - Learn the do's and don'ts of maintaining a butterfly garden including mulching, deadheading, and dividing your plants.

September 20, at 7PM, Movie Night. We'll provide the popcorn and drinks! Join us for a viewing of "Wings of Life" - This intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible and increasingly threatened creatures.

October 19, at 7 PM, Tea cup raffle/celebration dinner! Come celebrate another successful year of butterflying with a meal and conversation with fellow butterfly enthusiasts. We'll also host the "Tea Cup Raffle" again to raise money for the Grant Fund.

Non-members $3.00. Annual membership $15.00.

Meeting topics may change please visit the SEMBA website for current news at

No meetings are held in November or December.

All meetings are at 7 PM and are held at Nankin Mills Interpretive Center, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland, Michigan 48185, unless otherwise stated. The main entrance to the building is on Hines Drive, about 1 block southeast from the corner of Ann Arbor Trail and Hines Drive, on the north side.

If the barricades are up at the corner of Ann Arbor Trail and Hines Drive, it is alright to drive around them, to get to the building.

Driving Directions
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Fields Trips

See above - July 19