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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.

Oconee County, SC – Northeast Location

We will look, drive and walk various forest roads in the Oconee County section of the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest for uncommon species like Diana Fritillary, Golden Banded-Skipper and Mottled Duskywing.

Meet at the Mountain Top Trading Post located at the junction of Highway 28 S and Whetstone Road (State Road S-37-193).

We will ride and walk along forest roads and the pace should be easy. There are no restrooms at these locations.

Bring water, binoculars, field guides, sun screen, insect repellent and lunch.

If you plan on staying in the vicinity for the weekend, hotels are available in Anderson, Clemson, Easly, Seneca and Walhalla.

Oconee County, SC – Southwest Location

We will look, drive and walk various forest roads in the Oconee County section of the Andrew Pickens District of the Sumter National Forest for uncommon species like Diana Fritillary, Golden Banded-Skipper and Mottled Duskywing.

Meet at the junction of Long Creek Highway (Highway 76) and Spy Rock Road (State Road S-37-748). This is about 10 miles northwest of Westminster, South Carolina, just past the Brasstown Baptist Church on the left if heading north on Long Creek Highway.

We will ride and walk along forest roads and the pace should be easy. There are no restrooms at these locations.

Bring water, binoculars, field guides, sun screen, insect repellent and lunch.

If you plan on staying in the vicinity for the weekend, hotels are available in Anderson, Clemson, Easly, Seneca and Walhalla.

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.