Event: Springtime Tallahassee, Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Friends of Wakulla Springs will have a booth at Springtime Tallahassee this year. They have asked the Florida Native Plant Society and the Hairstreak Chapter of NABA to join them at their booth from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 2nd. This will be a unique opportunity to share our butterfly passion with many members of our local community.
Among our other informational displays, we will also highlight origami by showing members of the public who stop by how to fold a sheet of paper into the shape of a butterfly. If you can help our chapter educate people about Wakulla Springs and our local fauna and flora, please e-mail Dean and Sally Jue at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what time you would be able to help out at Springtime Tallahassee.
Field Trip: Lower Suwannee NWR- Saturday, April 9, 2016
We will join our leader, Barbara Woodmansee for this annual Butterfly Extravaganza. Last year we saw 31 species and up to 54 species have been seen in just one day. The total species for the Nature Drive is now up to 85. Some of the butterflies we could see include Sweadner’s Juniper Hairstreak, Appalachian Brown, Gemmed Satyr, Palatka, Broadwing and possibly Aaron’s and Obscure Skippers. Barbara will have checklists for everyone who wants to keep track.
The 9-mile scenic Nature Drive is located approximately 10 miles north of Cedar Key. The drive is on well-maintained dirt roads and the drive/walk to the best butterfly areas will probably take four to six hours. Though biting bugs are not usually terrible in April, sand fleas (no-see-ems) and mosquitoes can be a problem (especially at the very beginning of the trip). Long pants tucked into socks are recommended to prevent tick bites.
Carpooling from Tallahassee is recommended because it is approximately a three-hour drive one-way to the LSNWR. (If you ride in a carpool, please be sure to help pay the driver for gas expenses.) Since this will be an all-day trip, please bring a cooler with lunch and plenty to drink in addition to cameras, close-focusing binoculars, and insect repellent. The nearest place to purchase food is in Cedar Key or Chiefland. There are no bathrooms on the Nature Drive and cell phone service is spotty.
We will meet at the Village Square Shopping Center parking lot near Newk’s (intersection of Thomasville Rd by Village Square Blvd) north of I-10. At 6:30 AM. Be prompt because we will be leaving at 6:35 AM! If you are going to the LSNWR directly, take U.S. 98 into Chiefland. In Chiefland, turn Right on CR 345. The road turns sharply left, and then watch for CR 330 (NW 70th St) toward Fowler’s Bluff. The road becomes CR 347. After passing Fowler’s Bluff on your right, stay on CR 347 toward Cedar Key for about 8 miles. You will pass a sign for the North entrance and then you will see a large brown sign showing where you will turn right to meet the group just inside the South entrance. We plan to join the Gainesville area group there at 9:30 AM. For a map and other information go to: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/lower_suwannee . If you have questions please contact Virginia Craig at email@example.com or call (850-894-0293) or (cell: 850-445-2226). Please notify the contact person ahead of time if you choose to meet us at the Refuge.
Event - Chipola Feather Fest: Friday- Monday, April 15-18, 2016
Where’s the closest birding festival to Tallahassee? Since last year, the answer is Marianna, over in Jackson County. The Second Annual Chipola Feather Fest will be taking place from the 15th to the 18th of April. Unlike many birding festivals, this one has a butterfly component to it. Dean and Sally Jue will be leading a birding and butterfly field trip to the Butler Tract and the Hinson Conservation Area along the Chipola River Greenway on Friday, April 15th. They will follow their field trip with a butterfly program on Friday afternoon at Chipola College.
This is a great natural history festival to learn more about the many natural areas, birds, and butterflies to the west of us along the Chipola River. In addition, you will be showing your support for eco-tourism to the surrounding communities in the Florida Panhandle. Go to http://www.cvent.com/d/drqhfz to view and register for the field trips, workshops, and other events planned for this festival.
Event: Wakulla Wildlife Festival, Saturday, April 16, 2016
The theme for the Wakulla Wildlife Festival held at Wakulla Springs State Park this year will be “Go Native!” emphasizing native pollinators. The event will last from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 16th. Our Hairstreak Chapter will be one of the featured groups at this event! In addition to a NABA booth, at 10:30 AM, Dean and Sally will be leading a field trip around the park’s grounds highlighting good native plants for butterflies.
We are asking for volunteers that can spend an hour or two at our NABA booth at the Wakulla Wildlife Festival to share your enthusiasm about butterflies and answer questions that people may have about butterflies in general. If you can volunteer, please e-mail Dean and Sally Jue at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know what time you would be able to help out. THANKS!!!
Field Trip- Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park Field Trip, Saturday, April 23, 2016
Please join us for this half-day field trip to Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, one of the best local spots for seeing a wide variety of butterfly. The park is located in north Tallahassee. Some of the butterflies we hope to see include several species of swallowtails, Banded Hairstreak, Little Wood Satyr, Hoary Edge, Zabulon Skipper, and, of course, the Golden Banded-Skipper. Phipps Park remains one of the best and easiest places to see this rare skipper in the eastern U.S.
We will meet at 9:00 AM at Gate B. Turn west on Miller Landing off Meridian Road and go 1.2 miles and you will come to Gate B. We expect to walk between one and two miles. Please bring water and close-focusing binoculars if you have them. This field trip will end at noon and is suitable for families. Please contact Dean and Sally Jue at email@example.com or call them at 386-1393 if you have any questions.
Butterfly News: Alaska Butterfly Rediscovered!!!
For those of you who love the challenge of seeing a butterfly in challenging environments, plan your next trip to the Tanana Yukon River area of Alaska, where the Tanana Arctic has been re-discovered after not having been seen for years. For further information about this butterfly, go to the following URL:
Event – Earth Day, Florida Caverns State Park, Saturday, April 23, 2016
The Hairstreak Chapter will help celebrate Earth Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CST at the Florida Caverns Sate Park Visitor Center. Virginia Craig will be staffing the booth and conducting a short field trip at 11:00 am to identify the spring butterflies. If you can help out let Virginia Craig know (850-894-0293). For additional information- https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/florida-caverns. Admission Fee: $5.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
Field Trip Report – Wakulla Gardens, Sunday, March 13, 2016
Twelve people attended our first field trip for 2015, a half-day field trip to a yard in the Wakulla Gardens subdivision. The target species was the Henry’s Elfin, a single-brooded butterfly that flies only in the late winter or early spring time period. Despite overcast conditions during the entire morning, everyone got good looks at this butterfly. Our looks were aided by an 80mm spotting scope. THANKS to John and Nancy for bringing your scope on our field trip. We saw over a dozen Henry’s Elfins among the trip participants.