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Events: New Jersey Chapter heads to the Pine Barrens

Saturday, May 6 – Pine Barrens, Ocean County. Meet 9:30am at Lucille’s Diner on Route 539 in Warren Grove [DeLorme 57:M-24]. Those who want to eat breakfast there arrive earlier!! Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 69.Then take CR 532 West (Wells Mill Road) for several miles to where it meets Route 72. Cross over Route 72 onto CR 610 (still Wells Mill Road) and travel for 2+ miles to Route 539. Turn left on Route 539 and go about a mile to Lucille’s in Warren Grove. Hoped for butterflies include Hoary Elfin, Pine Elfin, Brown Elfin, Hessel’s Hairstreak, Sleepy Duskywing, and Cobweb Skipper. Leader: Chris Williams, pc.williams@verizon.net

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Events: Miami Blue Chapter at Key Largo Hammocks and Meeting

FIELD TRIP

Saturday, May 6, 6:30 am – 3:30 pm, $5

Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site
Birds, Butterflies and Native Plants

Tropical Audubon Society President Joe Barros and Miami Blue President Linda Evans will lead this trip to the largest remaining tract of tropical coastal hardwood hammock in the Florida Keys. Joe is bilingual, and Spanish speakers are welcome.

Meet at 6:30 am at the Cracker Barrel restaurant, located at US 1 and Palm Drive in Florida City, adjacent to where the Turnpike Extension ends.

Bring water, insect repellant, $5 for the park entrance fee, and money for lunch at a nearby Key Largo restaurant.

CHAPTER MEETING

Sunday, May 7, 1 pm
Castellow Hammock Park
22301 SW 162 Avenue

Two scholars will share information about two rare Florida Keys butterflies of special interest to Miami Blue members:

“Monitoring and restoration of the Miami Blue Butterfly in the Lower Florida Keys”
Sarah R. Steele Cabrera
Research Technician, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

“Effects of Disturbance on Bartram’s Scrub-Hairstreaks and their Host Plants on Big Pine Key and in Everglades National Park”
Erica Henry
PhD student, North Carolina State University

Come, to learn, to socialize, to snack, and to see what’s fluttering in the butterfly garden.

You are invited to add to the refreshment table! Finger foods preferred. Ice, cups, toothpicks, and napkins are provided. Refreshments start about 12:45.