Reminder: WABC Meeting Tonight!

Bring your Google Calendars, PDAs, DayPlanners, and old-fashioned appointment books to the March WABC meeting for a look at field trips, regional butterfly counts, and other field activities we’re tracking for the 2011 flight season!  WABC website coordinator Rick Borchelt and WABC member Beth Johnson have been building an ambitious list of activities for the Club; meantime, WABC member Dick Smith has launched a targeted effort to verify the status of a number of Maryland and Delaware species that need clarification.  Come prepared to suggest additional locations to visit or volunteer to lead a field trip or impromptu LepTrek.


“Flight Season 2011 Preview”

March 24, 2011

7:30 pm

Long Branch Nature Center, Arlington, VA

Rick Borchelt is special assistant for public affairs to the director of the National Cancer Institute at NIH; he’s a science writer with a particular interest in science policy and a background in field biology and ecology.  He originally moved to the mid-Atlantic area as a graduate student in entomology at the University of Maryland.  Dick Smith is an engineer (Ph. D. in Electr. Engineering) who works at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.  WABC members know him as one of the mid-Atlantic’s preeminent field lepidopterists who has tracked butterflies since age 10 in Baltimore Co., MD.  He is Secretary and past President of the Maryland Entomological Society, and has done contract work for MD and DE Natural Heritage Programs and surveys for the National Park Service.  He frequently teaches I.D. courses and leads forays at the Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic States.

Directions to Long Branch Nature Center via Google Maps:,+Arlington,+VA+22204&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.360237,59.326172&ie=UTF8&z=16

Directions from I-395:
Take the SEMINARY RD exit- EXIT 4. Turn onto SEMINARY RD going northwest.
Turn RIGHT onto CARLIN SPRINGS RD / VA-716.  Long Branch Nature Center is about 0.8 miles on the right behind a medical office building near a hospital. The Long Branch sign (which may be unlit on at least one side) and driveway are just before the office building. Follow the long driveway past the offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center parking lot. Walk up the incline to the Nature Center. ADC Northern Virginia Map 16, G-8.

Directions from Washington Beltway (I-495):
Drive EAST on ROUTE 50 about 5 miles.
Turn right (SOUTH) onto CARLIN SPRINGS ROAD.  The Nature Center is about 1/3 mile on the left behind a medical office building; the sign and driveway are just beyond the building (just before the building for those driving NORTH from COLUMBIA PIKE). Drive past the office building and down the wooded driveway to the Nature Center parking lot.

Directions by Public Transportation:
From Ballston Metro station (Orange Line) board the 25A bus towards Pentagon.
Walk in the same direction the bus was going, cross the street when you see the Nature Center sign, and continue on the long driveway past the medical offices’ parking garage, through the woods, to the Nature Center (about a 3-minute walk).

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