IBBA Courses

The IBBA will be holding a number of online courses during the coming months. These courses will be taught using a format which is interactive, entertaining, and educational.


The IBBA Continuing Education Program

The IBBA will be providing breeder-specific courses for raising healthy butterflies. Upon completion of a continuing education course, you will be able to use the IBBA Continuing Education Seal on your website or other information.


Current & Future Courses
(Further course details will be posted as soon as they become available.)


Raising Red Spotted Purples, Viceroys, Weidmeyer's Admirals and Lorquin's Admirals - Todd Stout of Raising Butterflies in 2017

Overview:

Although red spotted purples, viceroys, weidemeyer's admirals, and lorquin's admirals cannot be transported across state lines for releases, learning to breed these showy butterflies for local exhibits and educational displays is not too difficult.  Rearing strategies for one species are very similar to others regardless of where you live in North America.  Shared strategies will include

  • How to captive breed adults
  • How to obtain eggs out of gravid females
  • How to hatch eggs, rear caterpillars, and hatch adults
  • Where and how to look for eggs and larvae in the field
  • How to find hibernating caterpillars off season to build starter stock


Completed Courses

WEBINAR RECORDINGS MAY BE VIEWED WHERE INDICATED, BY CLICKING THE LINKS PROVIDED.

IBBA Procedures for Raising O.e.- Free Monarchs - Jan. 2016
Monarch Health and Disease (webinar) - Apr. 2015
USDA Containment Requirements for Raising Tropicals and Butterflies with 526 Permit - Feb, 2015
Raising Red Admirals - Feb. 2015
Rearing Healthy Monarchs - Oct. 2014


IBBA Procedures for Raising O.e.- Free Monarchs

- Connie Hodsdon of Flutterby Gardens of Manatee
  January 2016

This coming year IBBA is initiating a year-long campaign for Raising O.e.-Free Monarchs, to promote and support the raising of quality, healthy butterflies.

This is a free course on raising healthy monarchs through the identification and removal of the protozoan parasite Oe (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha).  The link for the online video is https://vimeo.com/152910393  and can be watched any time. 

We realize that longtime breeders are aware of procedures for raising Oe-free monarchs. We believe that continuing education for any profession, including raising butterflies, is important.

Click HERE to see a list of members who have earned the IBBA Continuing Education Seal for their participation. 

Click here to view recording on Vimeo.



Monarch Health and Disease (webinar)

- with Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Jaap de Roode -- April 9, 2015 1:00 PM EDT.

Overview:

Captive rearing of animals in closed quarters and at in high density situations can set the stage for the spread of harmful parasites and diseases. Monarchs and other butterflies are popular animals for nature enthusiasts and professional growers to rear for educational and other purposes. Problems with mortality and infectious diseases have surfaced in a variety of captive rearing settings.

This workshop will focus on best practices for rearing monarchs to limit the spread of unwanted infections, with a related goal of limiting the distribution of infected butterflies into wild populations. Topics will include identifying signs of infection, mechanisms of pathogen transmission, sterile practices to limit disease problems, common causes of mortality when rearing, and how to handle outbreak situations.

Note that this workshop will mainly focus on the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE), but will also include general tips from our experiences with non-OE mortality.

Click HERE to see a list of members who have earned the IBBA Continuing Education Seal for their participation. 

Click here to view recording on Vimeo. 



USDA Containment Requirements for Raising Tropicals and Butterflies with 526 Permit
- by Dr. Wayne Wehling, February 26, 2015.


Click HERE to see a list of members who have earned the IBBA Continuing Education Seal for their participation. 


Raising Red Admirals 

- Todd Stout of Raising Butterflies
 


Click HERE to see a list of members who have earned the IBBA Continuing Education Seal for their participation. 



Rearing Healthy Monarchs
How to keep parasites away, identify signs of infection and troubleshoot mortality.
October 1st, 2014 

A one-day online workshop/webinar on Monarch Health and Disease, featuring scientists Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Jaap de Roode.  

Brief description:

 

Captive rearing of animals in closed quarters and in high density situations can set the stage for the spread of harmful parasites and diseases.  Monarchs and other butterflies are popular animals for nature enthusiasts and professional growers to rear for educational and other purposes.  Problems with mortality and infectious diseases have surfaced in a variety of captive rearing settings.  

This workshop will focus on best practices for rearing monarchs to limit the spread of unwanted infections, with a related goal of limiting the distribution of infected butterflies into wild populations. Topics will include identifying signs of infection, mechanisms of pathogen transmission, sterile practices to limit disease problems, common causes of mortality when rearing, and how to handle outbreak situations. 

Note that this workshop will mainly focus on the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (O.e.), but will also include general tips from our experiences with non-O.e. mortality.


IBBA Members can download and view the Webinar here:

http://www.butterflybreeders.org/private/health.cfm.




Please watch this space for further news!



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