2018 Field Trip and Annual Count Calendar

Once again, for 2018, I’ll be attempting to compile a mid-Atlantic-wide calendar of counts, field trips, walks, and other lep-related field activities for the upcoming flight season.  Please use the comment form below to let us know of additions or changes to the list, or email me at MDLepsOdes@gmail.com.

In addition to posted field trips, members of the MDLepsOdes Group (MDLOG) often plan impromptu “Lep Treks” when interesting butterflies or habitats pique our interest.  While most of these will be day trips originating from the DC area, some of them might be overnights to areas like Dolly Sods WV or Buzzard Swamp PA.  Unless otherwise noted, LepTreks are free although some of the areas we visit may charge an admission fee.  Overnight lodging and meals of course are on your own.

The philosophy behind our LepTreks is that we lack a strong field trip program in the mid-Atlantic region, despite some very savvy lepsters interested in spending more time in the field.  As a group we’re field naturalists committed to better understanding some of the unique environments and landscapes in the mid-Atlantic and the butterflies and other invertebrates they support.  Generally, they’re places that normally don’t have scheduled butterfly walks during the summer, nor are they easy quick checks for a last-minute drive by.  I’ll add notices here on LepLog of those kinds of easier trips, too, but the LepTreks generally are a little more ambitious, or explore unique habitats.

In 2018 we’ll also be doing some “quad-busting” trips in Maryland, visiting USGS Maryland Quads where little or no systematic butterfly observations have been done.

If you’d like to volunteer to organize any of these trips, or plan a trip to one of your favorite places, email me at MDLepsOdes@gmail.com.   Check back regularly for updates!  And if you’re leading or know of dates for other lep-related activities, be sure to let me know.

LepTreks are generally informal affairs, usually impromptu walks or hunts for a particular species or in a particular unusual habitat.  They’re rather loosely organized by the person whose idea the trip is in the first place and may be more difficult terrain or access, or are a trip one of our members is making and for which s/he would be glad of company.  If you’re going to be out in the field on short notice, let us know so we can tag along!

Rules of the road: These aren’t collecting trips per se, but unless the regulations of where we are visiting don’t permit them participants are welcome to bring and carry nets for catch-and-release observation or scientific collecting.

Rain dates:  Unless noted otherwise, we don’t usually do rain dates.

Transportation:  Participants are responsible for arranging their own overnight accommodations on overnight trips, although we can facilitate both shared hotel rooms and carpools here or through the various area listservs.

The field season usually begins in April (but a warm weekend in March might see us out looking for anglewings!) and ends in October (although recent years have had sulphurs, whites, and skippers flying well into December). And our gang could show up anywhere within 4-5 hours’ drive; the calendar contains listings from throughout the mid-Atlantic.  Events in NJ, WV, PA, DE, MD, & VA are all welcome.

Check back here regularly during 2018 as events are always being added, modified, or deleted.

And please review some simple etiquette rules for the field before you go.

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APR 10 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 9-11 am.  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

APR 19 – MAY 17 [ANS Natural History Field Studies Course] — DC: L’Enfant Plaza.  Spring Butterflies of the Mid-Atlantic.  In conjunction with the Graduate School USA, Audubon Naturalist Society offers a series of classes toward a certificate in Natural History Field Studies.  This 5-week course (Thursday night lectures, Saturday field trips to various regional locations] led by Rick Borchelt covers spring butterfly fauna with emphasis on azures, elfins, spring whites, and spring duskywings.  While geared toward participants in the NHFS program, it is open to all registrants with no prerequisite coursework.  This is a fee program, for information see the listing of Audubon Naturalist Society field programs at https://anshome.org/adults/.  CONTACT:  Stephanie Mason, Stephanie.Mason@anshome.org 

APR 28 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change.  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

[CANCELLED] MAY 5 [Early Spring Butterfly Walk] MD: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, MPEA South Wind Circle.  Unpaved but maintained paths. No facilities.  Park on roadway. Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Free.  Begins at 1 pm; approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or below 55 degrees. CONTACT: Leader, Linda Hunt, raven10322@hotmail.com, for any last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/MPEA/MPEA_directions.htm

MAY 8 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders.   1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change.CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

MAY 9 [Friends of Dyke Marsh Talk] VA:  Alexandria.  ‘Butterflies, their Host Plants, and Climate Change.’ Dr. Leslie Reis, Georgetown U, will give a talk on butterflies’ interactions with their host plants and responses to climate change.  7:30 pm, Huntley Meadows Park Visitor Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria VA.  Free.  CONTACT:  Visit http://www.fodm.org

MAY 12 [Butterfly Walk] VA:  Merrimac Farm WMA.  1-3 pm. Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. Learn how to identify butterflies and habitat diversity, meet new friends, and explore the great outdoors.  No experience needed.  RSVP appreciated.  CONTACT:  alliance@pwconserve.org; 703.499.4954

MAY 12 [Bird — and butterfly/ode — Count]  MD:  Howard County.  All day.  The Maryland Ornithological Society’s annual spring count is held each year on the third Saturday of May. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate–whether or not you are a Bird Club member. Separate Tally Sheet available for counting Butterflies and Odonates! CONTACT: Kevin Heffernan for more information: kjheff122@gmail.com

MAY 16 [Serpentine Barrens Spring Butterflies] MD:  Soldiers Delight NEA, Owings Mills.  1 pm.   This is not a formal field trip.  Email leader for meeting place if you are interested in joining her to search for these 2 butterflies:  Cobweb Skipper (4/13 – 5/25) & Common Roadside Skipper (5/11-5/21). Unpaved but maintained paths.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water.  I will not go if it is raining or below 55 degrees. Facilities may or may not be available. (Dick Smith’s trip was usually around May 7.  “Walk about 2 miles through the globally rare serpentine barrens ecosystem at Soldiers Delight.  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 and possibly the Common Roadside Skipper might be seen.  Close-focus binoculars are recommended.  Hike will be cancelled if raining or overcast.”) CONTACT: Leader, Linda Hunt, raven10322@hotmail.com

MAY 26 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change.  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

MAY 27 [Butterfly Walk] PA:  John Heinz NWR located near the Philadelphia Airport. Meet 10 am at the Visitors Center. Event free and open to the public. These walks are intended for beginners and collecting not allowed. CONTACT:  Cliff Hence cwhenceiii@aol.com

JUN 2 [Bioblitz]  VA: Reston.  The Reston blitz will focus on birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, aquatic macroinvertebrates, trees/shrubs, herbaceous plants, lichens and fungi. There will be shifts throughout the day. More information will be available at
http://www.reston.org/Parks,RecreationEvents/NatureEnvironmentalResources. CONTACT:  Patricia Greewood, pgreenberg@reston.org, 703-435-6552.

JUN 2 [Northern Virginia Bird Club walk] VA: Huntley Meadows.  This walk will focus on butterflies and dragonflies.  Begins at 10 am.  CONTACT: Larry Meade, uberlarry@aol.com

JUN 2 [Butterfly Walk] VA:  Merrimac Farm WMA.  1-3 pm. Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. Learn how to identify butterflies and habitat diversity, meet new friends, and explore the great outdoors.  No experience needed.  RSVP appreciated.  CONTACT:  alliance@pwconserve.org; 703.499.4954.

JUN 9 [ANS Field Trip]  MD: Finzel Swamp.  Butterflies of Finzel Swamp. 10 am – 5 pm, Finzel, MD.  Join us for an exploration of this boreal relict bog to search for northern bog specialists like Harris’s Checkerspot, Silver-bordered Fritillary, and Baltimore Checkerspot. Field trip leader is Rick Borchelt.  This is a fee program, for information see the listing of Audubon Naturalist Society field programs at https://anshome.org/adults/.  CONTACT:  Stephanie Mason, Stephanie.Mason@anshome.org 

JUN 10 [Howard County Butterfly Walk] MD: Schooley Mill Park, Highland.  11 am.  Paved paths. Facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or below 55 degrees. CONTACT:  Register with leader Sue Muller smuller@howardcounty.md.gov for notification of last minute changes. Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/SchooleyMill/schooley_mill_directions.htm

JUN 12 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change..  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

[CANCELLED for 2018] JUN 16-17 [LepTrek  tentative]  PA: Buzzard Swamp, Marienville PA, Allegheny National Forest.  This swamp and pond complex near the NY border has a terrific mix of butterflies and dragonflies more characteristic of the northwoods than the mid-Atlantic, including Arctic Skipper, Harris’ Checkerspot, Common Ringlet, Silver-bordered Fritillary, Green Comma, and Two-spotted Skipper.  This will be an overnight beginning at 11 am Saturday (for anyone who wants to drive up that morning — about a 6-hour traipse from the Beltway) through 3 pm Sunday.  CONTACT: Rick Borchelt, mdlepsodes@gmail.com

JUN 16 [NABA Fourth of July Butterfly Count] VA: Sky Meadows State Park/Thompson Wildlife Management Area.  We will survey Sky Meadows SP, Thompson WMA, Blandy Experimental Farm, and Blue Ridge Regional Park. Rain date June 17.  CONTACT: Scott Baron, Baron dot Scott at Gmail dot com; 703-968-3057.  

JUN 20 [Butterfly Walk] MD: Meadowbrook Park, Ellicott City.  11 am.  Leader: Kathy Litzinger.  Free.  Paved paths. Facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining.  Meet at Park & Ride parking lot (first lot).  CONTACT: Linda Hunt (raven10322@hotmail.com) for notification of last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/Meadowbrook/meadowbrook_directions.htm

JUN 24 — rescheduled from JUN 23 [NABA Annual Count] MD: Western Montgomery Co.  29th annual Western Montgomery County Butterfly Count. Participants in this citizen science project will be sent into the field in teams to count butterfly species in a given area. No experience is necessary. This mid-summer count, modeled after the Christmas Bird Counts, is organized by Audubon Naturalist Society and sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association and Xerces Society. $3 participation fee. CONTACT: Stephanie Mason, Stephanie.Mason@anshome.org

JUN 25 [Butterfly Identification Workshop] VA: Reston.  There is a large variety of butterfly species in our area and we are going to census them on June 30 during the ASNV Butterfly Count in and around our Occoquan Bay Count Circle. In preparation, Dr. Leslie Ries will be teaching a butterfly workshop focusing on identifying butterflies in Northern Virginia. 7-9 pm.The classroom portion of the workshop is FREE and will be on Monday, June 25. CONTACT:  Use https://www.eventbee.com/v/audubonva/event?eid=157764931#/rsvp  to register or request information.  

JUN 28 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change.  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

JUN 28 [NABA Annual Count] VA:  Island Ford (eastern Rockingham Co.).  There is a $ 3 fee to participate. We will meet at 8 am at the Elkton, VA Food Lion. Rain date July 1 (tentative). CONTACT: Mike Smith, foresmiths@comcast.net

JUN 30 [NABA Count] MD: Eastern Frederick and western Carroll Counties. We will count the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuaries, as well as a few other spots if time allows. CONTACT: David Smith, lacsmith12@comcast.net; 443-995-4108.

JUN 30 [NABA Count] VA:  Occoquan Bay Area.  8 am-1 pm. Participants count all species and individuals within a 15-mile diameter circle centered on the mouth of Marumsco Creek in Prince William Co. The results are submitted to NABA’s national database for butterflies and are published in NABA’s annual report. $3 participation fee.  CONTACT:  Use the mail form http://audubonva.org/contact-jim to reach the count leader, Jim Waggener. 

JUL 4 [NABA Count] MD:  Carroll Co.  Sites include Hashawa, Schalk Line Road, New Windsor Middle, and Alesia.  Species of interest reliably include Coral and Banded HS, Baltimore Checkerspot, and Mulberry Wing; on occasion Edward’s HS and Cloudless Sulphur have been seen.  Meet 8:30 am Fenby Park-n-Ride (corner of 97 and 32). The Alesia site is quite boggy; the coordinator wears waders for this site.  Alternate date will be 3rd or 5th if conditions look poor as of Sun Jul 1. CONTACT (and to express interest in participation): Jeff Cagle at jeffreyrcagle at gmail dot com.

JUL 5 [Butterfly Class-An Introduction] VA: Reston.  Learn to identify common butterflies, and get a basic introduction to their life history. This class is a great way to prepare for the Reston NABA Butterfly Count. Time 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive, Reston VA. $5/person, free for count participants. Register by July 2. CONTACT: naturecenter@reston.org or 703-476-9689.

[RESCHEDULED TO JUL 20] JUL 6 [NABA Annual Count]  VA: Shenandoah National Park.  Rain date July 7 (tentative).  CONTACT:  Mike Smith, foresmiths@comcast.net

JUL 7 [NABA Annual Count] VA: Reston.  We will count in Reston’s natural areas in Fairfax County and submit data to the Fourth of July Butterfly Count Report. Volunteers are treated a free lunch. Time 9:45 am – 1:00 pm. Walker Nature Center, 11450 Glade Drive. Register by July 4. CONTACT:  naturecenter@reston.org or 703-476-9689.

JUL 10  [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders.1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change..  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

JUL 11-15 [EXTRALIMITAL:  OTTAWA, CAN:  Combined Annual Meeting of The Lepidopterists’ Society and Societas Europaea Lepidopterologica, Carleton University.  The 2018 Annual Meeting will follow the Third North American Microlepidopterists’ Meeting, to be held on July 10.  CONTACT:  For info and to register, https://www.lepsoc.org/content/annual-meeting

JUL 14 [LepTrek] — VA: Millboro and environs.  Minimum registration/indication of interest is FIVE.  Field foray in search of Diana Fritillary along the back roads around Douthat State Park, where male Dianas will certainly be flying and the first female Dianas should also be on the wing.  Meet at 9 am at the Humpback Bridge in Covington, VA; we’ll be returning here at the end of the day to enable carpooling.  CONTACT:  Rick Borchelt, mdlepsodes@gmail.com

JUL 14 Butterfly Workshop]  VA:  Loudon County.  Introduction to Butterflies. 9 am, Blue Ridge Center for Environmental StewardshipJoin Matt Orsie for a Workshop on Butterflies where he will introduce the wonderful world of our scaled friends to anyone seeking to learn more about these remarkable creatures. The main topics to be covered are Introduction to Butterflies, Life Cycle, Identification,  and Common Species in Our Area.  The workshop will begin with a classroom session at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship immediately followed by a field trip, weather permitting. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring along water, bug spray, sunscreen and a snack or bag lunch on the field trip.  Limited Registration.  CONTACT:  Sign Up Online. Questions to info@loudounwildlife.org Sign Up Online.

JUL 15 [Howard Co Butterfly Walk] MD:  Schooley Mill Park, Highland.  11 am.  Leader Sue Muller.  Free.  Paved paths. Facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees.  CONTACT:  Sue Muller (smuller@howard county.md.gov) for meet location and notification of last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/SchooleyMill/schooley_mill_directions.htm

JUL 20 [NABA Annual Count]  VA: Shenandoah National Park.  Rain date July 7 (tentative).  CONTACT:  Mike Smith, foresmiths@comcast.net

JUL 21 [NABA Annual Count]  PA:  John Heinz NWR located near the Philadelphia Airport. Meet 9 am at the Visitors Center. Event free and open to the public. This count is  intended for beginners and collecting not allowed. CONTACT:  Cliff Hence cwhenceiii@aol.com

CANCELLED/weather.  JUL 21 [ANS Field Trip] MD: Eastern Shore (various locations).  Butterfly Specialties of the Eastern Shore.  Depending on what is flying at the time, this field trip will explore habitats for coastal and marsh skippers, Great Purple Hairstreak, Bronze Copper, and Palamedes Swallowtail, among others. Field trip leader is Rick Borchelt.  This is a fee program, for information see the listing of Audubon Naturalist Society field programs at https://anshome.org/adults/.  CONTACT:  Stephanie Mason, Stephanie.Mason@anshome.org 

JUL 21 [Howard Co Conservancy Butterfly Walk]  MD:  Howard Co Conservancy, Woodstock.  10 am.  Free.  Leader: Kevin Heffernan.  Unpaved but maintained paths. No facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees. Meet in parking lot.  CONTACT:  Kevin Heffernan (kjheff122@gmail.com) for notification of last minute changes.  Directions:  http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/MtPleasant/mount_pleasant_directions.htm

JUL 27-29 [BugGuide Gathering] VA: McGaheysville (Massanutten 4 Seasons Resort).  The Nature Center at Massanutten Resort has agreed to host this year’s BugGuide Community Gathering.  Lodging and meals will be provided (at cost) to participants at the local James Madison University.  Gathering information is at https://bugguide.net/node/view/1473273

JUL 28 [NABA Annual Butterfly Count] VA:  Manassas Circle.  Covers 113,000 acres centered on Manassas Airport.  Merrimac Farm WMA. Merrimac Farm, Stone House, 15014 Deepwood Lane, Nokesville. $3 participation fee.   CONTACT: Kim Hosen@pwconserve.org; 703.499.4954

JUL 28 [NABA Count] VA: Fauquier county. We will create teams to count a number of properties within the circle, including the 900-acre Clifton Institute field station, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton. (Raindate: JUL 29.) CONTACT: Sue Garvin,  sgarvin@envstudies.org; 540-349-3331

JUL 29 [NABA Count]  VA: Lower Eastern Shore.  “Delmarva Tip” count sponsored by Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. VA Lower Eastern Shore. 2018 will be the 20th Annual Count. CONTACT: Lynn Davidson, hal.lynn@comcast.net

AUG 4 [Loudoun/Waterford NABA Count] VA: Central/Western Loudoun County. This count is coordinated by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Our count circle center is Waterford VA. We visit public and private properties in Leesburg, Waterford, Hamilton, Lincoln, Purcellville and more. Highlights include visiting the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, Ida Lee Master Gardeners garden, The Phillips Farm, and wild roadside areas in western Loudoun. CONTACT: Anne Ellis, jalkellis@gmail.com

AUG 4  [Butterfly Walk] MD:  Alpha Ridge Park, Marriottsville.  10 am.  Leader: Woody Merkle. Free.  , but email  Unpaved but maintained paths. Facilities Available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees.  CONTACT:  Woody Merkle ( merkfam2@verizon.net ) for meet location and notification of last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/AlphaRidge/alpha_ridge_directions.htm

AUG 4 [NABA Count] VA: Bath Co. Meet at Hidden Valley B&B at 10:00 and count until 6:00 (you can do a half day or even a few hours we don’t care, we are mellow counters).  CONTACT: ravenfrank@earthlink.net or ravenfrank@gmail.com

AUG 7 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 11 am-2 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change.  CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

AUG 11 [NABA Annual Butterfly Count ] VA: Williamsburg and surrounding James City County. The count is coordinated by Historic Rivers Chapter, VA Master Naturalists and Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. CONTACT:  Adrienne Frank, adrienne-gary[at]cox[dot]net

AUG 12  [Howard Co Butterfly Walk] MD:  Schooley Mill Park, Highland.  11 am.  Leader Sue Muller.  Free.  Paved paths. Facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees.  CONTACT:  Sue Muller (smuller@howard county.md.gov) for meet location and notification of last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/SchooleyMill/schooley_mill_directions.htm

SEP 1 [Serpentine Barrens Late Summer Butterflies] MD:  Soldiers Delight NEA, Owings Mills.  1 pm – 4 pm.  This is not a formal field trip.  Email Linda if you are interested in joining her to search for Leonard’s Skipper and other late summer butterflies. Unpaved but maintained paths.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water.  I will not go if it is raining or above 90 degrees. Facilities may or may not be available. (Dick Smith’s description: “We will walk for about 2 miles along unpaved trails (not handicap accessible) through the globally rare serpentine barrens ecosystem at Soldiers Delight in search of Barrens Late Summer Butterflies. In addition to locally-occurring and serpentine-endemic late summer butterflies such as the attractive Leonard’s Skipper, we will examine and identify many native grasses and wildflowers seldom seen in abundance in other locations around Maryland. Close-focus binoculars are recommended.” CONTACT:  CONTACT: Linda Hunt (raven10322@hotmail.com) for meeting place and notification of last minute changes.

SEP 2 [Dick Smith Memorial Butterfly Walk}  MD: Columbia, Lake Elkhorn Powerline Vegetation Management Study Tract.  11 am.  Leader: Linda Hunt.  (Dick Smith’s Description: “Enjoy searching for late-summer butterflies, and receive expert instruction on their identification. Dick will add information about caterpillar host and adult nectar plants as we encounter various species. Easy walking in the garden plot and on paved paths and mowed areas near the right-of-way alongside open, flowery wet meadows and brushy hillsides. Bring close-focus binoculars to view nectaring behavior…”)  Free. Unpaved but maintained paths. No facilities. Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees. Meet at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Oakland Mills Rd opposite Dasher Ct. Directions: From US 29 go east on MD 32 for 1.7 miles. Take the Broken Land Parkway North exit 14A. Go .26 miles. Turn right onto Snowden River Pkwy.  Go 1.18 miles.  Turn left onto Oakland Mills Rd.  Go approximately .7 miles.  The Community Gardens will be on your right opposite Dasher Ct. on the left. CONTACT: Linda at raven10322@hotmail.com; cell 410-733-5255  

SEP 6 & 8 [ANS Workshop] MD & DC: Woodend (lecture) & US National Arboretum (field trip).  Butterfly Boot Camp: Confusing Fall Skippers.  Rick Borchelt will cover the confusing welter of grass skippers that explode onto the landscape in early autumn with a slide lecture on Thursday at Audubon Naturalist’s Woodend headquarters night followed by a Saturday field trip.  This is a fee program, for information see the listing of Audubon Naturalist Society field programs at https://anshome.org/adults/.  CONTACT:  Stephanie Mason, Stephanie.Mason@anshome.org 

SEP 11 [Clifton Institute Butterfly Walk] VA: Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Rd., Warrenton VA. We will do walks focused on butterflies and dragonflies every two weeks on our 900-acre property that includes native grasslands, lake edges, sunny vernal pools, and successional fields. Our goals are to teach the public about insects and to monitor the effects of grassland restoration on native insects. We are looking for volunteer participants and trip leaders. 1-3 pm; RSVP requested.  Dates subject to change. CONTACT: Bert Harris, bharris@cliftoninstitute.org615-440-0666http://www.envstudies.org

SEP 15 [Fall Bird Count (and Butterflies & Odes)] MD: Howard Co.  The Maryland Ornithological Society’s annual fall count is held each year on the third Saturday of September. Prior years have tallied 115-135 species of birds on the count. Birders of all skill levels are encouraged to participate–whether or not you are a Bird Club member. Contact: Chuck Stirrat stirrcr1@gmail.com or Mike McClure michael.mcclure@jhuapl.edu for more information. Separate Tally Sheet available for counting Butterflies and Odonates! After a hard day of birding, we all gather at a member’s house for the tally rally (a potluck dinner, count of species, and general bragging rights!) CONTACT:  June Tveekrem june@southernspreadwing.com to reserve space and if necessary obtain directions.

SEP 16-19 [EXTRALIMITAL: North American Butterfly Association 13th Biennial Members’ Meeting] FL:  Tallahassee.  CONTACT:  naba@naba.org

SEP 16 [Howard Co Butterfly Walk] MD:  Schooley Mill Park, Highland.  11 am.  Leader Sue Muller.  Free.  Paved paths. Facilities available.  Take precautions against ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes and sunburn and bring water. Approximate duration: 2-3 hours. Cancelled if raining or above 90 degrees.  CONTACT:  Sue Muller (smuller@howard county.md.gov) for meet location and notification of last minute changes.  Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/SchooleyMill/schooley_mill_directions.htm