UPDATE July 4:
UPDATE July 3:
We’ve been watching the weather forecast for Garrett Co closely as we near the July 5 date (July 6 rain date) for the revived Garrett Co count. And as we’ve gotten closer to the dates the weather forecasts have firmed up, and not the way we’d like to see. Tuesday (July 5) is clearly out with all-day rain expected. Wednesday is likely to see less rain but still be mostly cloudy and not good for butterfly observation.
And it is a long trip out there for most of the folks who have expressed an interest in participating. Garrett Co weather is always surprising, and we’ll be kicking ourselves if one or both of those days turn out sunny and mild, but the calculus doesn’t favor it from what we can divine from the forecasts.
So reluctantly we’re opting to scrub the count for this week; Tom is currently considering options for later this month. We’ll post again when we figure it out. Meantime, continue to email Tom if you have an interest in this count.
After a hiatus of some years, we are planning to resurrect the annual NABA count for Garrett Co. this year on Tuesday, July 5 (rain date July 6) with Tom Stock as coordinator. The count circle includes perennially productive areas such as Cranesville Swamp, Garrett State Forest, Swallow Falls, Herrington Manor, the Glades, and Mosser Road.
Interesting butterflies on this count historically have included Atlantis, Aphrodite and Silver-bordered Fritillary; Bog Copper; Black Dash; and Delaware Skipper; among others.
We’ll start at 8:30 am from the parking lot in front of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 15 Visitors Center Dr., McHenry MD 21541 (GPS 39.561617, -79.358609). Tally rally will be held at Ledo Pizza just down the road, 24465 Garrett Hwy, McHenry, MD 21541 at 6 pm.
Restroom facilities are available at the Visitor Center and at some of the count locations, but may be few and far between on some of the routes. NABA requires a $3 participation fee to underwrite the cost of compiling the counts into an annual report, payable in cash at the morning meet-up. (an additional $7 will also get you the compilation of all the NABA counts for 2016)
Please, no children under 12 or pets. Long pants, sunscreen, insect repellent are all recommended, as are field guides and close-focusing binoculars. Net use is not permitted on The Nature Conservancy or state park properties.
We have several standard routes we would like to cover; please let Tom know what you are interested in covering in this area if you have a preference, or we’ll make tactical decisions at the meetup in the morning on the 5th.
Contact: Tom Stock [tom DOT stock56 AT GMAIL DOT com] or by cell at