Events: Page Creek Marsh SNA Tour with SWBA Sunday June 4th

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:dsonnenberg60@gmail.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

Counts: Tennessee River Gorge Friday, June 2nd

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 wgh@tnaqua.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

Counts: Florida Caverns State Park Saturday, June 3rd

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 dsjue@embarqmail.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!

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).

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.

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

Events: Arizona-Central Chapter Field Trip 4/22

This Saturday, the Arizona-Central Chapter of NABA is going to Rackensack Canyon with Janet Witzeman from 8:30am – 1:30pm.

Meet at 8:30 A.M. at the southeast corner of the junction of the Cave Creek Road and the road turning off to Bartlett Dam (about 8 miles East of Carefree). Bring a lunch, water, and close focus binoculars. On a butterfly trip to this area in the same month 3 years ago, we recorded 28 species of butterflies, including the amazing Yucca Giant-Skipper. We will also pay attention to the wildflowers, with checklist provided…Difficulty: moderate (no real trails, rocky creek bed). For questions, please email Janet Witzeman at jlwitzeman@aol.com We ask for a $5 donation.

For more information about the NABA-Central Arizona Butterfly Association please visit http://cazba.org/default.aspx