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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.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve

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.org

SI Group, Orangeburg, SC

We will again go to the Hundred Acre Woods of the SI Group to look for the Goatweed Leafwing as well as other butterflies.  We have often found caterpillars and eggs as well as adult butterflies.   Please bring your lunch and water.  We will be eating at some picnic tables.  Wear close toed shoes and long pants.  Bring your binoculars, cameras, field guide, sunscreen and bug spray.  Enter at the second entrance after crossing the railroad tracks coming from Hwy. 301.  Look to your right and go towards the tree line. We will meet there.  Restaurants and gas stations are nearby.  There is a porta potty on site.  Arthur Sweatman will be our leader.

Sunday – Cataloochee Valley, Great Smokey Mountain National Park

On Sunday we will go to Cataloochee Valley, part of GSMNP. Another gorgeous area with plenty of areas that yield butterflies. Targets are American Copper and Diana Fritillary. There will be lots of Ironweed with skippers. Elk and bear sightings are very possible.

The meeting place will againbe the Pilot Station just north on Hwy. 209, exit 24 off I-40 west. The nearest town is Waynesville, NC. A motel near Hwy. 276 (Jonathan Creek Rd) intersection with Hwy. 19 (Dellwood Rd) would be convenient. There is also a Days Inn and a Quality Inn off I-40 at Canton, not too far east of the Pilot Station. Going into Waynesville on Hwy. 74 are many hotels, plus several on Hwy. 19 around Lake Junaluska. We will also carpool from Asheville, exit 44, to the Pilot Station for those choosing to stay there, as exit 44 has many hotels and restaurants.

Bring lunch, snacks, water, binoculars, camera and field guide.

There is no rain date for the weekend, but if at least one of the days is to be dry and sunny, we will butterfly that day. So if you plan to come, watch the weather forecast closely.

Saturday — Harmon Den/Max Patch

On Saturday we will spend the day in the Harmon Den/Max Patch area north of I-40.  The meeting place will be the Pilot Station just north on Hwy. 209, exit 24 off I-40 west.  The nearest town is Waynesville, NC.  A motel near Hwy. 276 (Jonathan Creek Rd) intersection with Hwy. 19 (Dellwood Rd) would be convenient.  There is also a Days Inn and a Quality Inn off I-40 at Canton, not too far east of the Pilot Station.  Going into Waynesville on Hwy. 74 are many hotels, plus several on Hwy. 19 around Lake Junaluska.  We will also carpool from Asheville, exit 44, to the Pilot Station for those choosing to stay there, as exit 44 has many hotels and restaurants.

There is no rain date for the weekend, but if at least Saturday or Sunday is to be dry and sunny, we will butterfly that day. So if you plan to come, watch the weather forecast closely.

NABA Count – Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary

Meet at the Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary at 9:00.  There is a restroom facility and drinking fountain available before the count starts and again around noon during a lunch break.  The nearest town with full services is Jackson, SC.  It is recommended that you pack a lunch and snacks and bring water.  Walking conditions are generally easy.  Bring  good bug spray, hats, sun block, binoculars, camera and a field guide.  Wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes and any additional items you might need to have a pleasurable experience.  Please refer to the Silver Bluff Audubon Sanctuary website, Audubon’s Silver Bluff Sanctuary, for more information about visiting the facility.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We will divide into two groups if there are a sufficient number of participants so we can cover more of the Sanctuary.

Canceled – Sumter National Forest – Enoree District

We will meet at the BP gas station on Hwy. 66 right off of I-26 near Joanna, SC. We will then drive to various parts of the forest. Walking will be minimal. There are bathrooms in the camping area, but we may not be near them until the afternoon. There are no restaurants nearby.

Our targeted species are Pepper and Salt Skipper, Common Roadside-Skipper and Dusted Skipper.

Canceled – Greensboro Arboretum

The Greensboro Arboretum is a long narrow 17-acre “island” located in the Lindley Park neighborhood. It has about 2 miles of trails and paths, most of which are paved.  Meet just inside the entrance next to the Education Center.  For information about the park, go to the following website: http://www.greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/greensboro_arboretum.php.

Register here or contact the field trip coordinator, Don Allemann, dallemann@aol.com, if you plan to participate. Participants are welcome to come without contacting the coordinator, but you may miss us if there are last minute changes in the trip details. Trip coordinators will contact those who register with updates on weather issues, changes in timing or meeting places, and other details.

We will explore several sections as time allows. Near the entrance to the arboretum are informal flowerbeds around a vine arbor that attract many butterflies and other pollinators. An adjacent small creek has milkweeds and other wild plants that usually are left un-mowed. This combination often draws butterflies to the park, especially if it has rained recently. A paved walkway will take a visitor several hundred yards along the creek to the official butterfly garden that is in the shape of two butterflies around a small pool. As trees have grown up around the garden, the site has become shaded part of the day so there may be more butterflies along the creek than actually are in the garden.

This will be a fun butterfly walk for the more seasoned butterfliers, as well as butterfly photographers, beginners, and older children who are accompanied by an adult. Guests are welcome but no pets, please.