BUTTERFLIES OF CHEROKEE MARSH
Saturday, June 24
10:00 a.m. to Noon
On this morning walk we’ll observe and learn about butterflies, those small but exquisitely beautiful creatures that dance about our ankles in summer. Karl and Dorothy Legler and Jan Axelson will lead this 2 hour walk at Cherokee Marsh on the northeast side of Madison. We will observe a variety of butterflies as they take nectar from wildflowers, and learn about their identification, behavior, and lifestyle. Bring binoculars if you have them — close-focusing ones work best. We have a few extra pairs of binoculars. It’s best to wear long pants and a hat for protection from the sun. This is a joint trip of the Southern Wisconsin Butterfly Association, with Madison Audubon Society, and Friends of Cherokee Marsh.
Meet at 10:00 a.m.
DIRECTIONS: On the north side of Madison take Northport Drive (Highway 113) then turn north on Sherman Ave. Meet at the Cherokee Marsh parking lot at the north end of Sherman Ave. (6098 N Sherman Ave, Madison, WI.) Call Karl at (608) 643-4926 or email email@example.com only if you have a question about the trip.
Friday, June 23, 9:30 AM
Bamboo Brook, Far Hills, Morris County. 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ
From Chester area: Take 206 South, travel 4.7 miles to Pottersville Road (Somerset County 512). Turn right onto Pottersville Road for .4 mile. Turn right onto Lisk Hill Road and continue for .1 mile and come to a “T.” Turn right and continue .3 mile. At a “Y” turn left onto Longview Road. Bamboobrook Outdoor Education Center will be 1 mile from the “Y” intersection on the left. You will have passed the entrance to Willowwood Arboretum
BUTTERFLIES AND WILDFLOWERS OF PLEASANT VALLEY CONSERVANCY
Saturday, June 17
10:00 a.m.– Noon
Pleasant Valley Conservancy is a beautiful state natural area situated in the Driftless Area, with steep goat prairies, oak savanna, and a large, high quality marsh. This time of year we hope to see Baltimore Checkerspots and perhaps some wetland skippers. Other possible butterfly species include swallowtails, Silvery Checkerspot, fritillaries, and blues. All of these butterflies will have many wonderful native plants to nectar on this time of year. Led by Dr. Douglas Buege and Tom and Kathy Brock.
Long pants, a hat, water, and hiking shoes are recommended. Bring binoculars—the closer they focus, the better! (We have a few extra binoculars.) If you would like, bring along a bag lunch for after the field trip; dessert will be provided! (This is a joint trip of SWBA with Madison Audubon and The Prairie Enthusiasts.)
Contact leaders only if you have a question about the trip: Douglas at (608) 441-9833 or Tom at (608) 238-5050 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet at 10:00 a.m.
DIRECTIONS: (4554 Pleasant Valley Road, Black Earth) Heading south into downtown Black Earth follow County Hwy F as it turns right (west). After a mile or so, F turns left (south). Continue on F for another 3 3/4 miles turning left onto Pleasant Valley Road. Drive 3/4 mile (past the buildings on the right) to the state natural area sign. Park off the road.
State natural area map:
(American Lady, photographed by Jeffrey Glassberg)
Nature Walk at The Grove – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Brittany Jones, the Visitor Services Coordinator at The Grove Museum in Tallahassee, has asked the NABA Hairstreak Chapter to lead a nature walks on the ten-acre property near downtown Tallahassee. The one- to two-hour tour is free, will start at 9:30 AM, and are family-oriented. We will be looking for bugs, butterflies, birds, plants, or any other nature-type feature that may interest someone on this walking tour. We will also be accompanied by a Grove staff member who will co-lead the trip and can field questions about the history of the site. If you have not yet been to The Grove Museum, this is a perfect opportunity to view the beauty of the grounds prior to taking a tour of the Museum itself, which was the residence of former Florida Governor Leroy Collins until his death in 1991. For more information about The Grove, go to http://thegrovemuseum.com/
On Saturday June 10th, we will hike a part of the AZ/Highline trail in pursuit of colorful butterflies.
As the temperature rises, the flowers start to bloom higher and higher in elevation. Butterflies follow this nectar flow “up the trail” and June is a great time to check it out. Nectar plants like Penstemon (Moon-marked Skipper shown), Kaibab Pussytoes, Canada Violets, Fleabane and Dandelion are blooming. Other species of butterflies like to mud puddle at one of the three seeps we will visit. Yet others, like Arizona Sister and Satyr Comma, are mostly found perched on trees.
Please wear sturdy shoes and a hat, bring water, snacks and a sack lunch. A pair of close focusing binoculars will be handy too. The trail is moderately steep in places, but we will take our time.
Trip leader: Marceline VandeWater
Meeting place is Denny’s on Shea Blvd in Fountain Hills at 6:30am or at the trailhead at 8:15am. Details to get to the trailhead: Drive to Payson, go straight at the hwy 260 intersection. After 3/4 mile turn right onto Houston Mesa Road. Cross all 3 “water crossings”, and after about 8 miles turn left at the stop sign. The road now turns into a dirt road. After about 1 miles turn right towards Shadow Rim Camp and Washington Park Trailhead. Follow this road up for about 5.5 miles until the right turn-off to the Washington Park Trailhead (marked). Turn right here, and instantly turn left (signs again) and you will find the trailhead well marked.
Please contact Marceline to let her know where you will meet: email@example.com We ask for a $5 donation per person
West Eugene Wetlands
Join NABA officers for a casual, educational exploration of Eugene’s nearby wetland areas where butterflies are abundant in the early season. With these experts as guides, beginners and experienced butterfliers alike are sure to have an enriching natural-history experience – one that extends beyond butterfly identification. Free. Meet at 12:00 noon in the parking area by the Red House, West Eugene’s Wetlands office, located on the NE corner of W 11th and Danebo (751 S. Danebo Ave., behind the Hertz car sales lot).
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low
Check out more about the location: https://www.eugene-or.gov/647/West-Eugene-Wetlands
The North American Butterfly Association’s Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas chapter invites all ages of the public to a free program about butterflies on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at The Houston Museum of Natural Science in the lower floor of the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
BEST member Don DuBois will present “NABA – Photo Documentation of Butterfly Host Plants – You Are What You Eat.” The 3 butterflies life cycles that Don will talk about is the Monarch, Spicebush Swallowtail, and the Goatweed Leafwing. Don has been published many times in NABA’s Magazine – American Butterflies.
The program is free and open to the public.
For more information about NABA-Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas, please visit http://www.naba.org/chapters/nababest/
PAGE CREEK MARSH SNA TOUR AND BUTTERFLY WALK NEW!
(and optional hike up OBSERVATORY HILL SNA)
Sunday, June 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. to Noon
The Prairie Sands chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE), in Marquette County, will hold two field trips. In the morning we will tour Page Creek Marsh State Natural Area, which is a large wetland surrounded by diverse uplands that provide habitat for a wide variety of plants, birds and insects. The creek winds through farmland enhanced by remnants of native prairie and oak savanna. Oak uplands and prairies have been restored. Page Creek, because of its 652-acre size and habitat diversity, has been a reliable butterfly site.
Co-leader Dan Sonnenberg (SWBA) will help identify the first summer fliers. Hiking is on old logging roads and intermittent, unmarked trails, and through tall-grass fields. Ticks are abundant, so wear long pants that can be tucked into socks. Wear sturdy hiking shoes; a hat is recommended. Bring water and binoculars (the closer they can focus the better). We have a couple of extra binoculars. No facilities on site. TPE co-leaders are Laurel Bennett (Page Creek stewardship coordinator), and David Hamel. You are invited to bring a lunch to eat with the group at nearby John Muir Memorial Park where there are tables and restrooms. (From intersection of K and D take 10th Road south, then go south on Cty F for 1 mile.)
Email or Call Dan (mailto:email@example.com or (608) 225-0451) to PRE-REGISTER or if you have a question about the trip or if weather forecast is questionable. (The trip is canceled if it rains.)
DIRECTIONS FROM MADISON: take Interstate Highway I-39 north, past Portage, into Marquette County. Take Exit# 104 and follow County D east for 3.45 miles (going through Packwaukee, where D turns right and goes across the lake). Turn left (north) onto County K and go 0.86 mile to a gated entrance on the right (east) side of K. Park here.
OPTIONAL: If you can, join the hike up 300 foot high Observatory Hill State Natural Area in the afternoon (1:30 p.m.). It is in the process of extensive DNR oak savanna restoration. Charlie Church (TPE) will lead this moderately challenging trip up Observatory Hill, so be prepared for some steep portions and rock outcroppings. (Meet at the DNR parking lot on the south side of the hill along Gillette Ave.) Map: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/naturalareas/index.asp?SNA=223
Fri., June 2, Tennessee River Gorge, TN
Meet: 9:30 at Signal Mountain Food City parking lot
Leader: Bill Haley, call (423) 326-9248, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan to join us for the second count of the year in the Tennessee River Gorge circle. By conducting spring, summer and fall counts we get a better idea of the seasonal distribution of species in our area. Some springtime species are gone and early summer species have now come to the forefront. You may stay the entire day (usually till around 4:00 or 4:30), or break away early if you choose
The 14th annual Florida Caverns State Park butterfly count is scheduled for Saturday, June 3th. This will be an all-day count of the butterflies found in a 15-mile diameter circle centered around the park. You do not have to be an expert butterfly watcher in order to participate. There is no charge unless you wish to pay $7 for the NABA Butterfly Count publication that summarizes results for all the butterfly counts nationwide. We usually compile the count results over a relaxing dinner in Marianna.
If you are interested in participating, please let Dean and Sally Jue know, either by e-mail at email@example.com or by calling them at 850-386-1393. We will meet at 7:45 am EDT at the Village Square Shopping Center (Thomasville Road at Village Square Blvd.) near Newk’s to arrange carpooling. Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, insect repellent, water and a lunch.
Check out https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Florida-Caverns for more info about the location!