The National Butterfly Center is pleased to present our inaugural adventure to Angangueo!


February 1 - 6, 2018

This 5 night/6 day guided tour includes:

  • Airfare from Houston IAH
  • Meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Entrance fees and
  • All activities listed in the detailed itinerary for $2895 per per (double room occupancy).
Linda CooperThis epic excursion to the overwintering grounds of the Monarch is the trip of a lifetime, and your field guide will be none other than Linda Cooper. Perhaps best known as one-half of the dynamic duo, "Buck'n'Linda", Linda and her beloved husband, spent the last 30 years chasing butterflies and birds. While their accomplishments are too numerous to mention, here are some highlights:
  • Resident naturalists at Audubon/Street Nature Center in Winter Haven for 13 years, living on the grounds and running the Nature Center for Lake Region Audubon Society.
  • 1998 recipients of Florida Audubon’s distinguished Allan Cruickshank Memorial Award for their conservation work.
  • Recognized by the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission (now FFWCC) with an award for their contribution to wildlife preservation (1998).
  • 2013 recipients of Green Horizon Land Trust Blazing Star Award for their environmental education programs.
  • Charter members of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).

In Florida, Buck and Linda Cooper used to organize and lead NABA's annual 4th of July Butterfly Counts. They've also led year-long butterfly surveys of conservation properties in order to provide the properties with recorded sightings and butterfly checklists for distribution. Properties surveyed for butterflies include Disney Wilderness Preserve, Colt Creek State Park, Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Louisa State Park, Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Circle B Bar Reserve, Van Fleet and Withlacoochee State Trails, and Bok Tower Gardens. They also led butterfly field trips for wildlife festivals in Florida and for the Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas.

In October 2004, they were members of the Florida Sunshine Leppers, a three-member team who won the Rio Grande Prix of Butterflying with 94 species seen in a one-day period in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

Linda is a published author and accomplished photographer, as well as the former field editor for bird sightings for East Central Florida for Florida Ornithological Society’s publication Florida Field Naturalist for many years.

Linda is honored to host our inaugural Monarch trip and share her expertise with this select group of travelers. 

"We always talked about visiting wintering Monarch sites in Mexico to experience one of nature’s true miracles," states Linda, "However, we both had health issues arise and those took precedence. As a result, our trip never happened. Now, I am excited to make this journey in celebration of Buck's life--a life dedicated to butterflies--and happy to share our passion with trip participants."

View the full travel package, here, and register today!


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