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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

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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!

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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.