Assuming the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee depart on schedule, and Hurricane Katia continues on her course away from the US mainland, we hope to hit the field to the Eastern Shore this weekend with stops at Adkins Arboretum and Eastern Neck NWR.
First stop will be Adkins Arboretum, abutting Tuckahoe Creek near Ridgely, MD. The plan here is to spend about two hours wandering the meadow and native garden areas for southern specialties (and perhaps some lingering Hurricane Irene by-blows). We will meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot at 10 am (when the Arboretum opens); admission is free to members of the Arboretum but $5 for the general public. This is a seldom explored area, lep speaking, and this will be a first trip for most of us.
The Arboretum is centrally located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, 25 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge at 12610 Eveland Road, near Ridgely, MD. The Arboretum is adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park. Take U.S. 50 to U.S. 404. Turn left onto U.S. 404 and go approximately 7 miles to the second stoplight at MD 480. Turn left onto MD 480 and then take the immediate first left onto Eveland Road. The Arboretum is 2 miles ahead on the left. A map of the Arboretum grounds gives a good idea of where we’ll be headed.
We’ll eat our field lunches at Adkins and leave around 12:30 to backtrack slightly north and east to Eastern Neck NWR, where we will reconvene at the butterfly garden (which recently held broad-winged skippers and others), walk the short Bayside Butterfly Trail, and explore a wooded trail on the Refuge that last year yielded the Queen Anne’s Co. record for Tawny Emperor, wrapping up around 4 pm depending on weather and leps. Any of the marsh and southern migratory species could show up. Recent rains should have refreshed the nectar sources in the garden and surrounding fields.
Participants are welcome to come to one or both, although the start time at Eastern Neck will vary according to when we leave Adkins (which in turn will depend on weather and how productive the grounds are).
There are restroom facilities at both the Arboretum and Eastern Neck.
Victuals afterward at Fishwhistle in Chestertown for those so inclined. Hearty recommendation of the fish tacos.
Trip organizer is Rick Borchelt, please RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org; cell phone day of field trip: 202.812.7101). In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, notice will be posted here and at the listservs washbutterflies and VA-MD-DE-Bugs by 7 am.
From Maryland’s western shore (Annapolis, MD):
Take U.S. Rt. 50/301 East across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge ($2.50 toll eastbound). Continue on Rt. 301 North after 50 and 301 split. Exit Rt. 301 North onto Rt. 213 North towards Chestertown. Continue on Rt. 213 North into Chestertown (see directions below).
From Points North
Take Rt. 213 South to Chestertown OR Take Rt. 301 South to Rt. 290 (Galena/Sassafras). Follow Rt. 290 South to Galena, MD. Continue straight through light onto Rt. 213. South Take Rt. 213 South to Chestertown (see directions below).
From Southern Eastern Shore
Take Rt. 50 West to Rt. 213 North. Take Rt. 213 North into Chestertown (see directions below).
From Chestertown, MD
In Chestertown, turn from Rt. 213 onto Rt. 291 West, Morgnec Road (also marked “to Rt. 20″). At the T-intersection, turn right onto Rt. 20 South towards Rock Hall. Follow Rt. 20 South for 12 miles to Rock Hall. At the blinking red light in Rock Hall, turn left onto Rt. 445. Follow Rt. 445 about 6 miles out of Rock Hall to the refuge entrance bridge.
Look for the wind turbine over the butterfly garden.