Annual Counts and Field Trips
Once again, for 2019, 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 2019 we’ll also continue 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.
Dates and counts to come!