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 1 pm — 4 pm. We will search for locally-occurring and serpentine endemic mid-spring butterflies such as the fragile Falcate Orangetip, the small and attractively bark-scalloped Eastern Pine Elfin, and the bluestem grass dependent Cobweb and Dusted Skippers. Additionally, we will examine and identify several of the native grasses and wildflowers seldomly 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.Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult.
Meet at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (443) 778-4973 (office – weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) or (410) 997-7439 (home) (please call after 7:30 p.m.). Cost: Free! Donations welcome.
More information on the Soldiers Delight serpentine barrens (including map and driving directions), its butterflies and other wildlife, and nature activities scheduled there is available at the following websites: