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Anne Springs Close Greenway / Elon Park

Meet at 10:00am at the Lake Haigler parking lot on Colharp Rd on the east side of the Highway 21 Bypass. Please download the trail map PDF to locate bathrooms and other public facilities.

We will start the day walking around the edge of Lake Haigler searching for the Byssus Skipper on the Buttonbush that grow around the lake.

After we are done at Anne Springs Close Greenway we will head to Elon Park about 15 minutes away located at: 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd Charlotte, NC 28277

At this location we will again search for Byssus Skipper which has not yet been seen in Mecklenburg County.

You can bring a picnic lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables at Anne Springs or stop for lunch at one of the restaurants on the way to Elon Park. The park has public restrooms.

Bring good bug spray, hats, long sleeves, sun block, binoculars, camera, sturdy shoes, and any other items you may need to have an enjoyable experience.

NABA Count: Weymouth Woods – Sandhills NP

Meet up will be at the Visitor’s Center in the morning. This location offers a pleasant walk through stands of pine forests. Pathways are packed sand. Wearing sturdy walking or hiking shoes is recommended along with long sleeves and pants as we will go off trail in some locations to look for as many butterfly species as possible. It is recommended you use a good bug spray, wear sunscreen, and carry water with you. Be sure to bring with you those items you may need to have a pleasant experience.

NABA Counts are scheduled for six hours, but any amount of time spent participating in the count is welcome. The customary $3 participation fee is waived.

It is recommended you bring a packed lunch and snacks with plenty of water. The Visitor’s Center has public restrooms and a water fountain. The nearest towns of Aberdeen and Southern Pines have many restaurants and other accommodations.

Target species for this count are the King’s and Edward’s Hairstreaks. Additional species commonly seen are Palamedes, Spicebush, and Tiger Swallowtails; Common Buckeyes; Eastern Tailed Blues and Azures, and assorted duskywings.

The results of last year’s count can be viewed here.

Photos from Weymouth Woods NABA Count 2017
Edward’s HairstreakKing’s Hairstreak

2nd Annual Butterfly Day

Join us for the 2nd Annual Butterfly Day hosted in partnership with Big Bloomers Flower Farm in Sandford. Gardening and caterpillar raising workshops will be offered during the vent. Live butterflies and caterpillars will be on display. A butterfly release will happen during the event. We will have information about our organization as well as provide information about butterflies and butterfly gardening. During your visit be sure to check out the extensive greenhouses and pick up some butterfly nectar and host plants!

Photos from the First Annual Butterfly Day at Big Bloomers Flower Farm

Advanced Wednesday Walk: Eno River State Park

We will meet in the parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Rd near the restrooms. Paths are mowed grass. We will be going off path into weedy areas. It is recommended that you wear long pants and sturdy or hiking shoes and use bug spray to prevent tick bites. Amenities at the park include a public restroom, water fountain, and sheltered picnic areas. The park is located within a couple of miles from restaurants and gas stations. Please bring with you any items you may require to have an enjoyable walk and experience.

Butterflies typically seen at Eno River include juniper hairstreaks, swallowtails, skippers. Unusual sightings include the Dusted Skipper, Harvester, and Pine Elfin.

NCBG Spring Plant Sale

Join us at the annual spring plant sale where we will have live butterflies and caterpillars to display! We will be providing information about our organization, education and information about butterflies and butterfly gardening. At the event will be plant vendors, food trucks, live music, and kid’s activities. Parking is free.

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

We will meet up at the Nature Center. Walking conditions will be moderate with some walking in tall grass with some briars. Long pants and sturdy boots are recommended. Bring snacks, water and lunch if needed. There are restrooms and picnic tables on site. Gas stations and restaurants are located within 10 miles of the Preserve. It is recommended you bring good bug spray, hats, sun block, binoculars, camera, and any other items you may require for an enjoyable experience. This is usually not an all day event but if the weather is good and the butterflies are out in numbers we may check some other areas. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Target species is the Dusted Skipper.

Wednesday Walk: Sarah P. Duke Gardens

We will meet outside the visitor’s center near the entrance. The trails are easily navigated with any type of footwear, though a good walking shoe is recommended. Paths follow the terrain so there are natural inclines. Throughout the gardens are numerous benches and areas to rest. Public bathrooms, water fountains, and a snack bar are amenities available. Please bring with you those items that will enable you to have a pleasant walk and experience. Please note that the gardens charges $1 per half hour for parking on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Areas of the garden to be explored will begin with those areas known to have reliable butterfly sightings. Additional locations will be visited depending upon time and interest. Butterflies that can be observed include skippers, swallowtails, sulphurs, duskywings–and more, depending upon the time of year.

Carolina Sandhills NWR / Cheraw SP

Meet up will be at the visitor’s center. There is a restroom facility at Lake Bee in Sandhills NWR but we will not visit it until lunch so please plan accordingly. Gas stations and limited restaurant choices are available in McBee, SC, about 4 miles from the Refuge entrance. The nearest town with full services is Hartsville, SC. It is recommended that you pack a lunch and snacks and bring water. Walking conditions are generally easy except for the Lake Bee section which can be difficult depending on water levels. Bring good bug spray, hats, sun block, binoculars, and camera. Wear long sleeves, plants, and sturdy shoes, and any additional items you might need to have a pleasurable experience. Please refer to the Refuge’s website FAQs for additional information about visiting the facility. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Target species is Hessel’s Hairstreak.

NABA Count: Dismal Swamp State Park

A wonderful citizen science opportunity for butterfliers! We will meet at the park’s visitor’s center. Transportation within the park to various locations will be provided. Amenities at the park include public bathrooms and water fountains within the visitor’s center. The nearest major city with restaurants and lodging is Elizabeth City, about 20 miles from the park. Be sure to bring with you the necessities you require to have an enjoyable butterfly counting experience. It is recommended that you wear long pants, long sleeves, bring insect repellent, and wear sturdy shoes or hiking footwear. Paths within the park are grassy and fairly level. Once inside the park conducting the count access to amenities is limited. The $3 participation fee for a NABA Count is waived. Please register for this event so that Brian can keep you updated about changes due to weather or other circumstances.

Target species is the Hessel’s Hairstreak. Additional butterflies to be observed include: Palamedes Swallowtail (a new state record number was observed in 2017), Zebra Swallowtail, assorted skippers, hairstreaks, and more. Review the trip report of the 2017 count.

Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale

Come support the Carolina Butterfly Society at the Duke Gardens Spring Plant Sale! Plants will be available for purchase–be sure to arrive early as milkweeds sell out quickly! We will have live butterflies and chrysalises on display, as well as other educational materials, and information about our organization.

If you would like to help out at the event, please register. Your assistance for an hour or for the entire event would be greatly appreciated.