Because the weather forecast for Saturday looks pretty good, we’re planning a field trip to Frederick Municipal Forest north and west of Frederick for 10 am Saturday. The area we’ll be focusing on includes two ponds set back a quarter mile or so from the road that on late-spring/early summer trips has produced Indian Skippers, Hobomoks, and Tawny-edged Skippers, among others.
We will meet at our staging area, the parking lot 8.8 miles north of Route 40 (Baltimore National Pike) on Gambrill Park Road. It’s a fairly spacious lot (the largest on the road) past the turnoffs for the state park; holds a dozen cars easily and we can double-park ourselves if it’s crowded. THERE ARE NO FACILITIES HERE, so please avail yourselves en route.
We will meet at 10 am at the parking lot, but if you are running late you will almost certainly find us along the trail at one of the ponds for at least the first hour. Cell phone coverage is spotty here, but my cell number if it works is 812.7101(in area code 202). Scheduled end time somewhere on the east side of the Watershed/Frederick Municipal Forest is 2 pm. We will break for lunch at our cars around noon or so–no need to lug lunch into the field.
Do, however, bring drinking water, sunscreen, and insect repellent. The gnats can be bad, so if they bother you it might be wise to bring a head net. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants (brambles and poison ivy).
Please RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org and include a cell phone number if you have one. In the event of weather cancellation, a decision will be made and posted on LepLog and on washbutterflies and VA-MD-DE Bugs listservs by 7 am.
Look for my car with the RNGRIK license plates in this lot.