Chapters: Florida-TAL Field Trip 3/5 Montezuma Bluffs

Montezuma Bluffs Field Trip – Sunday, March 5, 2017

The NABA-Hairstreak chapter will be exploring the Bluffs and looking for the target species, the Falcate Orangetip. Other species that will be on the target species list will include Mourning Cloak and Eastern Comma.

To carpool, meet at 7:00 a.m. SHARP at the Village Square Blvd shopping area, at the eastern end near Newks Restaurant. We will take a short driving break at the home of Hairstreak Chapter members Sonny and Ginger Pinckard, who live just south of Americus, GA. We expect to arrive there around 9:30 AM. It’s just a short 30 to 45-minute drive to Montezuma Bluffs from their house.

If you would rather meet us at Montezuma Bluffs (Montezuma Bluffs Wildlife Management Area, Crooks Landing Road, off GA 49 North, Montezuma, GA 31063) we expect to muster and start the Field Trip from there at 10:30 a.m. Be at the parking lot at 10:30 a.m. Take SR 49, 2.3 miles north from the town of Montezuma to Crooks Landing Road. The entrance will be on your left.

Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, water, and a lunch. For more information about Montezuma Bluffs: http://www.exploregeorgia.org/listing/3224-montezuma-bluffs-wildlife-management-area.

Be sure and check our website (http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/) to check on possible status updates. Look for a notice on the front page.

If you have questions, please contact Brian Lloyd at (850) 212-0058 or email him at Blloyd@Lloyd-usa.com.

Chapters: Florida-TAL event Saturday 3/4

“Saving the Monarch: The Important Role of Local Agencies” presented by David Cook, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Scott Davis, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge – Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Monarch butterfly is a beautiful and iconic insect that has captured the interest and wonder of individuals from school-age children to university researchers with its annual fall migration from southern Canada to central Mexico. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) south of Tallahassee is the only site in the southeastern U.S. that is listed as part of the protected area network in the North American Monarch Conservation Plan.

As its first official event in 2017, the Hairstreak Chapter will have two local Monarch experts present the program. David Cook, the Invertebrate Conservation Coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FL FWC), has been coordinating the Monarch tagging program at St. Marks NWR for many years and will discuss general Monarch biology, findings from the nationwide Monarch tagging program as well as from St. Marks NWR specifically, and current FL FWC conservation efforts on Monarchs. Scott Davis started the Monarch-Milkweed Initiative at St. Marks NWR (“Milkweed Tuesday”) and will discuss our area’s native milkweeds that Monarchs depend upon during their northward migration, the food and shelter plants that Monarchs depend upon during their southward migration, the current causes of milkweed decline and what is being done to reverse the decline, and what each of us can do in our yards to help Monarchs.

The location for this program will be Conference Room A in the Leroy Collins Public Library, 200 W. Park Ave. in Tallahassee. There is a social half-hour beginning at 2:00 p.m. Remember that parking at the library lot is NOT free after one hour.

For more information about the NABA-Hairstreak chapter, please visit http://www.naba-hairstreak.com/

Chapters: Broward Chapter Event 2/14

(Schaus’ Swallowtail, photographed by Holly L. Salvato)

“Sea level rise vs. host plant habitat enhancement for the endangered Schaus swallowtail Butterfly”

Speaker Jaeson Clayborn, PhD Candidate, Koptur Lab, Dept. of Biology, FIU presents his assessment for the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly. The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at UF has conducted ongoing scientific efforts to prevent the extinction of this endemic Florida race of Schaus Swallowtail, Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus.

The Schaus’ swallowtail or island Swallowtail is a species of American butterfly in the family Papilionidae. It is found in southern Florida with subspecies in the Bahamas, Hispaniola, and Cuba. Historically it occurred in tropical hardwood hammocks from South Miami to Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida.

Meeting starts: 7pm, social hour: 6.30pm at the Broward County Extension Office, 3245 College Ave., Davie, FL 33314.

For further info visit our website: www.browardbutterflies.org or email BCBCmail@gmail.com.

Chapters: Panola Mountain State Park – Georgia-Piedmont

(Creole Pearly-eye photographed by Allen Belden: https://sightings.naba.org/sightings/5065)

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Panola Mountain State Park, please join us as we hear from Dr. James Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Porter will announce a major new discovery of the presence of three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies within Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, The Tallassee Forest. The presence of three virtually indistinguishable, but genetically distinct, species at the same time and in the same place is almost unheard of outside the tropics. Athens-Clarke County’s decision to purchase the Tallassee Forest with public funds and a grant from the Riverview Foundation has preserved a natural area that protects, not just rare species, but also a rare ecological phenomenon. Please also save the date for a butterfly walk on June 17, 2017, An Insiders Trip to the Tallassee Forest, Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area, led by Dr. Porter.

Note: $5 parking fee