Pat Sutton and colleagues have announced dates for their annual counts in Belleplain, Cumberland Co, and Cape May; see notes below for details of participation and thank them for their generosity in inviting us to join in!
___ Tues., June 28, 2011: Belleplain, NJ, Butterfly Count
This count has tallied between 40-52 species. 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. Bellplain NJ count history spreadsheet
There will be a compilation get together (with dinner provided) at Teresa Knipper’s home in Cape May following the count on Saturday evening, beginning @ 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Contact Teresa Knipper (count coordinator)
via cell phone at (609) 558-0582 or e-mail at Phoebistess@aol.com
___ Wed., June 29, 2011: Cumberland Co., NJ, Butterfly Count
This count has tallied between 41-51 species. 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. Cumberland Co Count History
There will be a compilation get together (with dinner provided) around 6:30 p.m. at Pat & Clay Sutton’s home in Goshen with Pizza, salad, and good company following the count on Sunday evening.
___ Wed., August 3, 2011: Cape May, NJ, Butterfly Count
This count normally tallies between @ 39-48 species. Center = Rio Grande, NJ. Count circle includes: Cape May Point, Higbee Beach WMA, Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, Cape Island Creek Preserve, Villas WMA, Cape May NWR fields along Delaware Bayshore, beachfront communities on Delaware Bay north to Reeds Beach, Delaware Bay and Atlantic Coast saltmarsh upland edge, electric power right-of-ways, many weedy roadsides, and private backyard habitat gardens.
Contact Michael O’Brien (count coordinator)
via cell phone at (609) 972-5471 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WAY THE COUNTS WORK
(1) All are WELCOME! Share this with a friend.
(2) WHAT TO BRING: binoculars, Glassberg’s field guide Butterflies Through Binoculars: The East (excellent photos & range maps) and/or Brock & Kaufman’s Kaufman Focus Guide: Butterflies of North America, lunch, lots of liquids & snacks, bug spray, sunscreen, visor/hat, long-sleeve shirt (since mosquitoes, biting flies, biting gnats, and ticks can all be problematic in South Jersey), wear sensible clothes for tromping through wildflower meadows, & consider wearing cheap “tube socks” that you’ll toss at day’s end. Come with a full tank of gas (especially for the Cumberland Count as there are very few gas stations in parts of that count circle)!
(3) A $ 3 NABA fee will be collected from each participant (including Garden Watchers). If you would like a copy of the 2011 NABA Count Report, including 500+ counts done all over the USA, Canada, & some in Mexico (due out spring 2012), bring an additional $7 if you are a NABA member ($11 for nonmembers). Please have exact change.
(4) If you know folks with butterfly-friendly gardens in one of the count circles, why not call them now and get permission to cover their garden the day of the count . . . or maybe they’d like to cover it for the count. “GARDEN WATCHER (GW)” are very welcome to participate in these counts. If you’re new to the count and not sure if your garden or another butterfly-friendly garden you know is in one of the count circles, contact the respective compiler NOW to find out.
(5) If you plan to attend the two back-to-back counts (June 28-29), reasonable accommodations are available in the Millville/Vineland area in Cumberland County (Country Inn Millville, Best Western Millville, Red Carpet Inn Millville) and at the Hyland Motor Inn in Cape May County (38 E. Mechanic St., Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 – right next to the Garden State Parkway and just south of Exit 10 / Stone Harbor-Cape May Court House Exit; 609-465-7305 or 609-465-5748; http://www.hylandmotorinn.com ).
Let’s hope for GREAT BUTTERFLY WEATHER!!! See you in late June & early August!
Teresa, Pat, and Michael
Pat & Clay Sutton
129 Bucks Avenue
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210