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NABA Memorial Day Counts

The NABA Memorial Day Count (in the United States) will be held May 27-29, 2017.

These counts will give butterfly enthusiasts throughout the continent an opportunity to get out and enjoy butterflies while contributing to our growing knowledge of butterfly distributions, flight times, and abundance.

In contrast to the highly organized NABA 4th of July and 1st of July Butterfly Counts, the Memorial Day Counts are free-form. All you need to do is to observe butterflies at one or more of your favorite butterflying localities (such as your own backyard) this coming Memorial Day weekend and note what butterflies you’ve seen. There are no requirements regarding how much time or area you cover. Then go to the NABA Recent Sightings web site, sightings.naba.org, sign up for a free account and enter your sightings, filling in the location, date, and butterflies seen.

Because these counts will be taking place during a very different time of year than do the 4th of July and 1st of July counts, we can expect to see different populations of butterflies than those present for the July counts. Because the approach is different, maybe we’ll also see different populations of counters!

We hope that literally thousands of enthusiasts will have a great time outside and contribute to our knowledge of butterfly populations across the continent.

Events: Butterflies of Bauer-Brockway Barrens with Mike Reese

Come join the NABA-Wisconsin chapter for BUTTERFLIES OF BAUER-BROCKWAY BARRENS in Jackson County this Saturday, May 20 from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The best place in the state to look for early butterflies in May is Jackson County. Butterfly expert Mike Reese will lead us in finding and observing many scarce and unusual species, many that only fly in May! We expect to find all 5 of the state’s Elfins, including the very rare (and State Threatened) Frosted Elfin. We should find Olympia Marble, Gorgone Checkerspot, Cobweb Skipper, Dreamy and Sleepy Duskywings, etc. Over the past 9 years we have averaged 21 species. Bring binoculars if you have them, close-focusing ones work best. (A few extra pairs of binoculars are available.) Also, bring a bag lunch and water. A hat, long pants and long sleeves are recommended.

Meet in Jackson Co. at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of West Bauer Road and Brockway Road. We will butterfly until 3:00 p.m. DIRECTIONS: From the intersection of I-94 and Hwy 54 in Black River Falls, go east on Hwy 54 approximately 3.8 miles to Brockway Road. Turn right on West Bauer Road and drive 3.8 miles to the intersection with North Brockway Road. (This area is about 2 1/4 hours northwest of Madison via I-94.)

Participants must PRE-REGISTER for this trip by either calling Mike at (920) 647-0196, or include your phone number in an email to mailto:mikereese@wisconsinbutterflies.org (so we can contact you in case of postponement or cancellation due to weather).

NABA with Ontario Woodlot Association

I wrote an essay “An Opportunity for Butterflies” for https://www.ontariowoodlot.com/ at the end of the last year all about butterflies you may encounter as you move from deep forest to woodland edge to open meadow in Ontario. You can check out a preview below (or on their website):

 

While some species are suitably adapted for living off of the resources available in the forest, woodlands lack the nectaring resources the majority of butterflies need. Many species lay eggs on woodland trees that will then require flowers as adults. Where the woods break into open spaces, you will more commonly find these species. Thanks to the Ontario Woodlot Association for giving me the opportunity to write for their members!

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

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.

CamelBak® and NABA team up!

 

CamelBak® supports butterfly monitoring as part of Ditch Disposable campaign

MORRISTOWN, N.J.: CamelBak®, the inventor of the hydration pack, is teaming-up with the non-profit North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to increase awareness of its Ditch Disposable campaign. The effort is focused on reducing the amount of plastic in landfills by fostering use of reusable bottles and hydration packs. CamelBak has donated hydration packs in support of NABA’s field work to monitor trends in butterfly abundance. The packs will be supplied to butterfly counters as they traverse challenging terrain in warm weather conditions to document butterfly occurrences and population sizes. This will keep each user properly hydrated and help them leave no trace in the wilderness.

“NABA is committed to keeping the sites used by butterfliers and outdoor enthusiasts free of litter,” explains Marcus Gray, Executive Director of North American Butterfly Association. “The water systems provided by CamelBak will keep our members safe in the field & help more people access the great outdoors in a responsible manner.”

Butterfly numbers in certain species decreasing in recent years. The most familiar is the Monarch, which has declined approximately 90% over the past two decades. Each year, NABA staff and volunteers administer 500 butterfly counts across North America that involve thousands of observers. The information compiled is used by researchers and managers for butterfly conservation through habitat and policy programs. CamelBak hydration systems will hydrate the next generation of outdoor recreation participants while teaching proper preparedness for excursions and encouraging environmental stewardship.

The North American Butterfly Association will show appreciation to donors by providing CamelBak hydration packs to a limited number of supporters on a first-come first-served basis. The systems will get their first use in the upcoming Memorial Day Counts. For more information about how to get involved, please visit the event page.

About NABA:
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is a 501c(3) non-profit membership-based entity headquartered in Morristown, NJ. The organization’s largest project is the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX. Through an active Chapter system and engaged membership, NABA works locally to promote on-the-ground conservation work and institutes policy initiatives to further its mission. For more information visit http://www.naba.org. Connect with us on social media @NABAButterfly.

About CamelBak®
CamelBak is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on CamelBak go to https://www.camelbak.com/.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. For news and information, visit https://vistaoutdoor.com/ or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VistaOutdoor/.

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Events: Field Trip at Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park with NABA Hairstreak – Florida

Field Trip: Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park – Saturday, April 29, 2017

Please join us for this half-day field trip to Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, one of the best local spots for seeing a wide variety of butterfly. The park is located in north Tallahassee. Some of the butterflies we hope to see include several species of swallowtails, Banded Hairstreak, Little Wood Satyr, Hoary Edge, Zabulon Skipper, and, of course, the Golden Banded-Skipper. Phipps Park remains one of the best and easiest places to see this rare skipper in the eastern U.S.

We will meet at 9:00 AM at Gate B. Turn west (left if you’re coming from downtown Tallahassee) on Miller Landing Road from Meridian Road. Go 1.2 miles and you will come to Gate B. We expect to walk between one and two miles. Please bring water and close-focusing binoculars if you have them. This field trip will end at noon and is suitable for families. Please contact Dave McElveen at d.mcelveen@comcast.net or (850) 841-0899 if you have any questions.

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

Events: Chapter photos with NABA-Long Island


(Hackberry Emperor photographed by our own Jeffrey Glassberg)

The North American Butterfly Association invites you to the initial meeting of its new NABA-Long Island Chapter on Friday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, East Meadow Farm, 832 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow.

Program: Powerpoint demonstration of members’ uploaded photographs of their personal Long Island butterfly sightings.

For further information and the link to add your photos to the NABA-LI dropbox contact Cheryl Bennett 516-695-8045 or bigbullyoscar@aol.com

Events: Sandy Hook, New Jersey field trip

This Saturday, April 29 is the Sandy Hook, Monmouth County, New Jersey field trip with our New Jersey NABA Chapter. Participants will meet 9:30am at the Horseshoe Cove Parking Lot [DeLorme 39, M-19] (Note Change in Meeting Place). Take Exit 117 off the Garden State Parkway, then Route 36 for about 13 miles to Sandy Hook. The Horseshoe Cove Parking Lot is on the right about 3 miles N of the entrance to the Hook. Stay in the left hand lane as you pass the right hand turnoff for Atlantic Drive (signified by All Beach Parking sign). Then exit right is just north of this right hand turnoff. There are restroom facilities next to Parking Lots B, C, D and E on the right hand side after you pass the entrance to the Hook. Hoped for species include Henry’s Elfin, Juniper Hairstreak, and Gray Hairstreak. Leader: Jim Springer