2013 Flight Season Master Calendar
Once again for 2013, I’ll be attempting to compile a mid-Atlantic-wide calendar of counts, field trips, walks, and other lep-related field activities for the 2012 flight season. Please use the comment form below to let us know of additions or changes to the list, or email me at email@example.com. In addition to regular field trips, a number of us in the DC Metro area and around region often plan impromptu “Lep Treks” when interesting butterflies or habitats pique our interest. While most of these will be day trips originating from the DC area, some of them might be overnights to areas like Dolly Sods WV or Buzzard Swamp PA. Unless otherwise noted, LepTreks are free although some of the areas we visit may charge an admission fee. Overnight lodging and meals of course are on your own.
The philosophy behind our LepTreks is that we really lack a strong field trip program in the MD-DE region, despite some very savvy lepsters interested in spending more time in the field. As a group we’re more field naturalists than butterfly gardeners, and we’re committed to better understand some of the unique environments and landscapes in the mid-Atlantic and the butterflies they support. Generally, they’re places that normally don’t have scheduled butterfly walks during the summer, nor are they easy quick checks for a last-minute drive by. I’ll add notices here on LepLog of those kinds of easier trips, too, but the LepTreks generally are a little more ambitious, or explore unique habitats. As much as possible, we’d like to use these trips to help flesh out Dick Smith’s Butterflies of Unknown Status Project.
If you’d like to volunteer to organize any of these trips, or a trip to one of your favorite places, email me at rborchelt [AT] gmail [DOT] com. Check back regularly for updates! And if you’re leading or know of dates for other lep activities, be sure to let me know.
LepTreks are informal affairs, usually impromptu walks or hunts for a particular species or in a particular unusual habitat. They’re rather loosely organized by the person whose idea the trip is in the first place and may be more difficult terrain or access, or are a trip one of our members is making and for which s/he would be glad of company. If you’re going to be out in the field on short notice, let us know so we can tag along!
Rules of the road: These aren’t collecting trips per se, but unless the regulations of where we are visiting don’t permit them participants are welcome to bring and carry nets for catch-and-release observation.
Rain dates: Unless noted otherwise, we don’t usually do rain dates.
Hours: Day field trips are typically 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. with a short break for lunch. Overnight trips usually begin at 10 a.m. Saturdays to allow folks who really don’t want to spend two nights on the road to drive out early that morning. Participants are welcome to join one or both days, and there will be a group dinner on Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. Participants are responsible for arranging their own overnight accommodations, although we can facilitate both shared hotel rooms and carpools here or through the various area listservs.
The field season usually begins in April (but a warm weekend in March might see us out looking for anglewings!) and ends in October (although 2011 had sulphurs flying well into December). And we could show up anywhere within 4-5 hours’ drive, although more likely we’ll stay within a 2-hour radius of Washington for most trips. The calendar, though, contains listings from throughout the mid-Atlantic.
JUN 15 [NABA Count] VA: Maidens. CONTACT: Carolyn P. Henly, firstname.lastname@example.org
JUN 15 [NABA Count] VA: Sky Meadows SP/Thompson WMA. This circle is centered near Sky Meadows State Park in near the Clarke County/Fauquier County line, Virginia. It also includes Thompson Wildlife Management Area, the State Arboretum of Virginia/ Blandy Experimental Farm and Blue Ridge Regional Park. This butterfly rich area includes species like Meadow Fritillary and Northern Pearly-eye, which are not found in numbers closer to DC. Parts of Fauquier, Clarke, Loudoun and Warren counties are covered by this circle. Rain date for this count circle will be Sunday June 16 (Father’s Day). There are some fees for access; contact count coordinator for details. CONTACT: Scott Baron, email@example.com.
JUN 22 [NABA Count] MD: Western Montgomery Co. 25th annual count for this area. CONTACT: Stephanie Mason, firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 652-9188.
JUN 25 [NABA Count] NJ: Belleplain. Center = 2 miles sw of the town of Belleplain or 1/2 mile west of junction of Routes 347 and 679 (Mosslander Road). Count circle is partly in Cape May County and partly in Cumberland County and includes: CMBO’s Center in Goshen, Jakes Landing, Dennisville, Woodbine, Belleplain State Forest, western end of Tuckahoe River along Weatherby Road, abandoned cranberry bogs, s. corner of Peaslee WMA, e. corner of Bevan WMA, Port Elizabeth, Delaware Bay salt marshes between Dennis Creek and Bivalve/Port Norris, and the Maurice River from East Point to Laurel Lake. CONTACT: Teresa Knipper via cell phone at (609) 558-0582 or e-mail at email@example.com
JUN 26 [NABA Count] NJ: Cumberland Co. Center = Cedarville, NJ. Count circle includes extensive salt marshes along the Delaware Bay from Hansey Creek and Dividing Creek/Maple Avenue/Turkey Point west to Sea Breeze, Bear Swamp, Natural Lands Trust fields, Bevan WMA, Union Lake WMA and western Millville, Newport Landing, Nantuxent WMA, Dix WMA, and Cohansey River from near Greenwich to Bridgeton. CONTACT: Pat Sutton via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or home phone at (609) 465-3397 (be prepared to leave a message); cell phone (609-425-3434) will be on the day of the count but otherwise rarely used.
JUL 20 [NABA Count] PA: Philadelphia, John Heinz NWR. Count. Center is at the NWR located near the Philadelphia Airport. Count circle includes wetland and open fields as well as a large water impoundment area. Areas include parts of Philadelphia and Delaware County, in Pennsylvania. Participants are welcome to join the count. CONTACT: Cliff Hence at 215 247 3559. NOTE rain date for the count will be on Sunday, July 21.
AUG 3 [NABA Count] VA: Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Center = Virts Lane, Waterford, VA (39.2000°, -77.65°). Circle stretches from White’s Ferry in the east to the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center in the west and south to Lincoln. Locations include butterfly gardens, sanctuaries, roadside wildflower areas, and parks. Past counts have accrued 2,000 butterflies of 50 species. CONTACT: Registration Required: Sign Up Online http://www.loudounwildlife.org/Butterfly_Count.htm or contact Nicole Hamilton at email@example.com Groups will meet at different locations at different times. Sector leaders will contact group participants with directions and meet up times/places. Some groups are meeting at 8 AM and others will meet at 9 AM or later. All experience levels and ages welcome. Rain Date: August 4
AUG 10 [NABA Count] VA: Great Dismal Swamp (rescheduled). CONTACT: Don Schwab, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUG 17 [NABA Count] DC: US National Arboretum. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Arboretum Visitor Center near the R Street entrance. As one enters from R Street, the lot is to the left. Based on the number of participants, we may carpool from there to other locations. Count will end at 4 p.m. at the latest to allow for a “Tally Rally” to compile a list of our sightings, the location of which will be determined the day of the count. We will either rally on the Arboretum grounds or go off the grounds to a local restaurant. CONTACT: Tom Stock, at altomomatic |AT| Verizon |DOT| net.
SEPT 1 [Hike and Slide Show] MD: Soldiers Delight NEA. Serpentine Barrens Late Summer Butterflies. 1-4pm. Dick Smith will present a short slide show on barrens butterflies and then lead the group for about 2 miles through the globally rare serpentine barrensecosystem at Soldiers Delight. Dick will search for locally-occurring and serpentine endemic late-summer butterflies. Close-focus binoculars are recommended, but butterfly net-and-release (with in-jar identification) will be conducted by the leader. Children under 12should be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (443) 778-4973 (office – weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or (410) 997-7439( home) (please call after 7:30 p.m.). Cost: Free! Donations welcome.