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.
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During these walks we generally see our highest species diversity of the season.
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.
Gene Schepker would like to lead a trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway specifically to find the rare Two-spotted Skipper. There should be lots of other butterflies as well.
Contact Gene for additional information.
We will meet at the Music Center parking lot near the office at 10:00 AM and hunt butterflies until at least mid-afternoon. The terrain is mostly level on bottom ground and is fairly easy walking. If you want to join us, please email your cell phone number to Gene. He will watch the weather and keep in touch as the date approaches.
Bathrooms, water and some food is available at the Center.
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I’m afraid we picked bad weather for our Saturday outing at Pilot Mountain. High temperatures are now predicted at 51 degrees, overcast and showers throughout the day Saturday.
There are still plenty of Brown Elfins there, particularly on the Jomeokee trail. I again found no Henry’s Elfins but did have 18 Browns yesterday (4/18/19).
Good luck on evading the upcoming storm!
Meet at Parking Lot (at 10 AM) near the bathrooms (as far as one can drive up after entering the park). Pilot Mountain State Park has no entrance fee but does have cool drinking water and clean bathrooms! Please leave me your email address preferably or phone number if you plan to attend!
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. email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Participants are to provide their own transportation, meals, and lodging and all costs associated with this field trip.
We will meet up at the Weymouth Woods Visitor’s Center. The Visitor’s Center has public restrooms and water fountain. It is recommended that you bring additional snacks, food, and beverages as during the walk we will be away from public facilities.
After looking for the Yucca Giant Skipper at the off site location we will head to a few other sites in the area and work towards Sandhills Gamelands. You can pack a picnic lunch at Weymouth Woods or stop for lunch on the way to other locations. Wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes or hiking footwear, and any other items you may require for a pleasant butterflying experience.
The nearest city of Southern Pines offers many upscale restaurants in addition to fast food fare. Lodging accommodations are also available in Southern Pines.
Road conditions in the Sandhills Gamelands can be tricky at times but we have not had issues recently. The roads are sand and are fairly solid but after wet weather can be difficult.
Meeting time at second location will be determined the day of the event.