Big Bend Wildlife Management Area Butterfly Count – Sunday, September 15, 2019
The 2019 Big Bend WMA Count, one of about 400 NABA counts done each year in North America, will be held on Sunday, September 15th. In 2017 and 2018 the Big Bend WMA Count had both the most species and most individual butterflies of any count done in Florida. It should be in contention for the top spot again this year.
The 15-mile diameter count circle includes the Hickory Mound and Spring Creek units of the WMA. They are on the coast of Taylor County southwest of Perry. Each unit will be counted by a separate party. In the evening we'll meet in Perry at Mama's Italian Family Restaurant to compile the results.
To participate, or if you have questions, please email David Harder (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Tuesday September 10th. Indicate which unit you would like to count if you have a preference. I will try to accommodate it. You don't have to be a NABA member, but some prior butterflying experience is recommended. Bring binoculars, sun and biting insect protection, lunch, and lots of water. Note: cell phone service is unreliable in both units.
Those car pooling from Tallahassee will meet at 7:30 AM EDT in front of Newk's on Village Square Boulevard (near US 319, just north of I-10). Those not car pooling can meet the Hickory Mound party in Econfina River State Park at the south end of County Road 14 at 9:00 AM, or meet the Spring Creek party at Rocky's gas station on US 98 about 4 miles west of Perry at 9:00 AM. Submitted by David Harder
NABA Hairstreak Chapter