Tom is coordinating this year’s annual NABA count for DC and issued the following notice:
>>Tom Stock here. I would like to invite one and all to the District of Columbia 4th of July Butterfly Count at the National Arboretum — which will be held this year on Saturday, August 17 (rain date August 18). The details:
WHEN: Saturday, August 17, 2013 — beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until mid to late afternoon (the Arboretum closes at 5 p.m.), depending on heat and butterfly activity. (The count’s rain date is Sunday, August 18 — if in doubt, contact Tom Stock, email below.) The count will end at 4 p.m. at the latest to allow for a “Tally Rally” to compile a list of our sightings, the location of which will be determined the day of the count. We will either rally on the Arboretum grounds or go off the grounds to a local restaurant.
MEETING PLACE: We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Arboretum Visitor Center near the R Street entrance. As one enters from R Street, the lot is to the left. Based on the number of participants, we may carpool from there to other locations.
WHO: ALL ARE WELCOME. No experience is necessary. All are invited to come out and have fun while contributing to butterfly study and conservation. One caveat: the count is not recommended for small children (under age 10-12) given the expected heat, lots of sun and bugs, and tall, brambly vegetation. I would encourage you to count for at least a couple of hours, but you don’t need to commit to a full day.
WHERE: We will be counting within the grounds of the Arboretum, which encompasses a wide variety of habitats — from open field to forest to cultivated gardens.
EQUIPMENT: Wear comfortable field clothing, remembering the seasonal realities of a hot sun in open meadows, poison ivy, ticks, and the possibility of biting insects. We will be doing a lot of walking on well cleared paths and roadways, but there may be some “bush whacking” through high grass with lots of brambles, poison ivy, and even very nasty mile-a-minute. So long pants and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged. Also be sure to wear or bring sun screen, insect repellent, and a hat. Bring lots of water (and Gatorade), and lunch. There are restrooms located at a few strategic locations around the Arboretum. Close focus binoculars are very helpful, and we encourage you to bring cameras. There will be plenty of plants — if not butterflies — to photograph, though priority will be on counting butterflies rather than on waiting for photographers to shoot. I will have butterfly field guides, but bring one if you have one.
COUNTING FEE: $3 for ages 12 and older. This fee is passed along to the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to cover the costs of coordinating the counts and compiling the data. You may also sign up to receive a copy of NABA’s 2013 July 4th Count national report ($7 for members, $10 for non-members).
CONTACT INFORMATION: If you plan to participate or have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me, Tom Stock, at altomomatic |AT| Verizon |DOT| net.<<