Two Labor Day Weekend Outings with Dick Smith

SATURDAY, SEPT. 1

Butterflies through Binoculars. Lake Elkhorn Powerline Vegetation Management Study Tract. Meet 9:30 AM at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia MD opposite Dasher Ct. Enjoy searching for late-summer butterflies, and receive expert instruction on their identification. Easy walking. Bring close-focus binoculars to view nectaring behavior, but Dick will also use net and jars to provide brief close- up examinations. Cancelled if raining or overcast. No facilities. Leader: Dick Smith, 410-997-7439.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 2

Title:          Serpentine Barrens Late Summer Butterflies – Slide Show and Hike

When:      September 2, 2012 (Sunday), 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Soldiers Delight Visitor’s Center (and Serpentine Trail for hike), Deer Park Rd., Owings Mills (Baltimore County), MD

Details:    Located along the largest serpentine barrens in Maryland, Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area is a unique environment. The area comprises over 39 rare, threatened or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks, and minerals. Dick Smith will present a short slide show on barrens butterflies and then lead the group for about 2 miles through the globally rare serpentine barrens ecosystem at Soldiers Delight.  We will search for locally-occurring and serpentine endemic late summer butterflies such as the attractive Leonard’s Skipper.  Additionally, we will examine and identify several of the native grasses and wildflowers seldom seen in abundance elsewhere around Maryland.  Close-focus binoculars are recommended, but butterfly net-and-release (with in-jar identification) will be conducted by the leader.  Educational and fun for kids and adults!  Hike will be cancelled if raining or overcast, but slideshow will be presented regardless of weather status.  Free and open to general public.  Donations to Soldiers Delight Visitor’s Center welcome.

 (The announcement for this event also appears at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/pdfs/PVSP_SD_augsept2012.pdf )

Driving Directions (from I-695 (Baltimore Beltway)): From I-695 take I-795 north via Exit 19 toward Owings Mills/Reisterstown. Take Exit 7B on Franklin Boulevard west. Turn right on Church Road, left on Berrymans Lane, then left on Deer Park Road. The gated entrance to the Visitors’ Center parking lot will be on your right, about one mile down the road, at 5100 Deer Park Road.

GPS coordinates: 39.41023, -76.83880

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