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