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SI Group

This is a joint trip with SCAN (South Carolina Association of Naturalists). The address is 725 Cannon Bridge Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Come in the second entrance after crossing the railroad tracks coming from Hwy. 301. Look to your right and go towards the tree line. We will line our cars up near the tree line. When everyone is there, Arthur Sweatman from the SI Group will lead the caravan of cars to the Hundred Acre Woods. Dave Kastner is our trip organizer. The target species is the Goatweed Leafwing and other fall butterflies. There is a porta potty on site. Restaurants and gas stations are nearby. The walk will be on flat ground but some field areas may be overgrown. Register online or contact Dave if you are able to attend.

NABA Count – Congaree National Park

Meet at the visitor center which has restroom facilities. We will divide into smaller groups. Some will have longer areas to walk. Some trails will have roots and may be overgrown. There are no restaurants nearby. Contact David Shelley if you are able to help with this important count. You do not have to be an expert to help and may come for a whole or half day.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve

Jackson, SC, Aiken County. Please visit their website for directions. This area is only open during designated dates and times. Meet at the gate where you will have to sign in and out. We may carpool on the property leaving the other cars in the parking area. We will drive to various areas to look for butterflies. The main roads are gravel, the smaller roads are grass but unless you get way off the track they are in pretty good shape and are well maintained. There is a port-o-let at the gate. The nearest town is Jackson, a mile or two from the front gate. There is a Subway there and possibly other local restaurants, but you should probably bring lunch because the property is huge and if you get back to the areas where we’re going to be, it can take as long as ½ hour just to get back to the gate. Intricate Satyr, Texan Crescent and Appalachian Brown have been found at this site.

NABA Count – Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Visitor Center, 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson, South Carolina, and will cover areas not generally open to the public. The Visitor Center is on the dirt road portion of Silver Bluff Road so keep going after the pavement ends. We will butterfly both in the morning and the afternoon. The restrooms at the center will be open at the beginning of the count and at lunch.

NABA Count – Congaree National Park

Meet at the visitor center which has restroom facilities. We will divide into smaller groups. Some will have longer areas to walk. Some trails will have roots and may be overgrown. There are no restaurants nearby. Contact David Shelley if you are able to help with this important count. You do not have to be an expert to help and you may come for a whole or half day.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Please meet in the parking lot at the visitor center of Carolina Sandhills NWR. The main entrance is on US Highway 1, about 4 miles northeast of McBee, SC. The address is 23734 U.S. Highway 1, McBee, SC 29101. Our target species will be hairstreaks including Banded, Coral and King’s. There are restroom facilities at Lake Bee, but we will not be near there until later in the day. There are gas stations in McBee. We will drive to sections of the NWR and stop to look for butterflies. Walking will be minimal.

Sumter National Forest – Enoree District

Please meet at the BP gas station on Highway 66 right off of I-26 (exit 60) near Joanna, SC.  We will then drive to various parts of the forest.  There are bathrooms in the camping area, but we may not be near there until the afternoon.  The target species are Pepper and Salt Skipper, Common Roadside-Skipper and Dusted Skipper.

Roxbury Park

We will search the many blooming asters for butterflies. There is a trail through the woods with tree roots and possibly some overgrown areas. Our target species are Salt Marsh Skipper and Intricate Satyr. Tom Austin will lead. He has become an expert on identifying the Intricate Satyr and being able to tell the differences between the Intricate and Carolina Satyr.  No restaurants are nearby. Please bring binoculars, camera, field guide, sun screen and bug spray.  Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.  Be sure to register if you plan to attend.

Cancelled -Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve

This walk has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

This area is only open during designated dates and times. Meet at the gate where you will have to sign in and out. We may carpool on the property leaving the other cars in the parking area. We will drive to various areas to look for butterflies. The main roads are gravel, the smaller roads are grass but unless you get way off the track they are in pretty good shape and are well maintained.  The nearest town is Jackson, SC. There is a Subway there and other local restaurants, but you should probably bring lunch because the property is huge and if you get back to the areas where we’re going to be, it can take as long as ½ hour just to get back to the gate. Intricate Satyr, Texan Crescent and Appalachian Brown have been found at this site.

From Columbia:
(This route should take about 2 hours from downtown.)
Take I-26 W toward Greenville Take exit 107A to merge onto I-20 W toward Augusta.
Take exit 22 toward Aiken.
Turn left at US-1.
Continue on York St. SE.
Turn right at Park Ave SE.
Turn left at Chesterfield St S/SC-19 and continue to follow SC-19.
Slight right toward SC-1
Slight right at SC-1.
Turn left at Atomic Rd/SC-125
Continue on SC 125 approximately 12 miles to Jackson.
Turn right on Silverton Road (CR 63) and go 0.4 miles to stop sign on Main Street.
Turn left on Main Street and go 0.4 miles to Brown Road.
Turn right on Brown Road and go 2.1 miles until the pavement ends.
At end of pavement, turn left on graveled road and go 0.2 miles to check station/entrance.

NABA Count Congaree National Park

Meet at the visitor center.  We will divide into smaller groups. Some will have longer areas to walk. Some trails will have roots and may be overgrown. There are no restaurants nearby.  Bring camera, binoculars, field guide, sun screen and insect repellent.  Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.  Contact David Shelley if you are able to help with this important count. You do not have to be an expert to help and may come for a whole or half day. david_shelley@nps.gov