Please mark your calendar for an all-day butterfly program at Black Hill Regional Park and Hoyles Mill Conservation Park (both in Montgomery Co., MD) on Sunday, April 29, 2012. This event is being organized by the Washington Area Butterfly Club (WABC) and hosted by Black Hill RP.
The following activities are planned for the day:
- 10:00 – arrive at Black Hill Visitor’s Center (BHVC). Coffee, tea, muffins, and bagels will be available during a pre-lecture social.
- 10:30 – Barbara Kreiley will present a slide show/lecture on the center’s ongoing Baltimore Checkerspot rearing and local experimental introduction program.
- After the lecture – Break for discussion and reassemble for carpool/caravan to tour the Checkerspot rearing area
- Tour of rearing tents and turtlehead propagation areas; time for Q&A
- After the tour – If any members would like to buy native butterfly plants from the plants sale, this would be a good time to do so, before the public is let in.
- Return to BHVC, eat lunch at picnic tables or benches, or at any available picnic shelter (not in building since it will be open). (Please bring your lunch, as lunch will not be provided for this event.)
- Carpool and caravan to nearby Hoyle’s Mill Conservation Park and hunt for Giant Swallowtails and a variety of other butterfly species here (Giants are resident at Holyles Mill and will be flying in late April) – Dick Smith and other WABC members will lead this event. (Many native butterfly hostplants at the park will also be pointed out, including Northern Prickly-ash, the larval host of the Giant Swallowtail.) (If overcast or raining on April 29, this event will be re-scheduled. A raindate has not been set at present.)
The program is free, as fees will be covered by the WABC. (But contributions to the Black Hill Regional Park butterfly conservation programs will be welcome.)
However, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (also respond as to desired means of transportation and availability to drive in a carpool — see below), and whether you are interested in the Hoyles Mill activity (to contact you in case of bad weather and a need to reschedule this event)). (Lecture room attendance at BHVC is limited to 45 people. Later events are not limited.) To pre-register, return an e-mail (preferred response) to Dick Smith at Richard.Smith@jhuapl.edu , or call at (240) 228-4973 (office, weekdays) or (410) 997-7439 (home, afterhours and weekends).
Northern Virginian and well as DC and Maryland suburban residents are encouraged to attend; transportation will be facilitated by carpool arrangements and caravans to Black Hill VC.
Carpool congregation areas near I-495 in both Northern Virginia and Montgomery Count, and near Columbia, MD, are being planned for early-morning on April 29 to facilitate your trip to this butterfly program (details on this will be distributed about a week before the event). Please include in your response your desired means of transportation to the program and whether you will be available to be a driver in the carpool.