Our Hairstreak Chapter has a Facebook page!!!!
The Hairstreak Chapter is finally entering the social media era! If you have a Facebook account, you can search for “Hairstreak Chapter” and find our Facebook page. Please join our group! It will be regularly updated with butterfly posts and other news items that should be of interest to you, including any updates to future field trip events. Thanks and kudos to Jeff Ward for making this happen. Submitted by Dean Jue
Field Trip: ANF Bradwell Bay – Sunday, April 1, 2017 CANCELLED
Due to the dry weather and lack of butterflies at Bradwell Bay based on a scouting trip, this field trip on April 1 is cancelled. Submitted by Dave Harder
Butterfly Count at the Lower Suwannee NWR – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Come one, come all – join us for the 6th annual Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Nature Drive butterfly count.
Saturday, April 8th, (weather permitting), we’ll meet at the southern entrance of the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive for a full day of exciting spring butterfly fun in the refuge. We have now documented 86 species for the drive, and in past years we have seen 52 species on this weekend in one day. It’s always fun, and the refuge is especially gorgeous this time of year.
For six years, we have joined Barbara Woodmansee and our other friends from Florida in the annual Spring Butterfly Extravaganza.
The 9-mile scenic Lower Suwannee Nature Drive is located approximately 10 miles north of Cedar Key, about three hours from Tallahassee. The drive is on well- maintained dirt roads and the drive/walk within the Refuge itself to the best butterfly areas will probably last four to six hours. Bring insect repellent, water and a lunch in addition to the usual binoculars and cameras. Long pants are recommended. 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.
This is an all-day trip and requires an early start. Carpooling from Tallahassee is recommended.
We will meet at the Village Square Shopping Center (Thomasville Road at Village Square Blvd.) near Newk’s at 7:00 AM. We will leave as soon as carpools are determined.
Directions for drivers: Take 1-10 east to the Perry exit. In Perry, take U.S. 19, Alt. 27, U.S. 98 (same road) to 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. Passing Fowler’s Bluff on your right, stay on CR 347 toward Cedar Key for about 8 miles. You will see a sign for the north entrance to the Lower Suwannee Nature Drive. Continue on for about four miles and you will see a large brown sign showing the south entrance to the drive where you will turn right to meet the group. We plan to arrive at 10:00 AM.
For a map: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/29.2965841,-firstname.lastname@example.org,-83.0455428,14z
For more information, please contact Dave McElveen at email@example.com or (850) 841-0899. Submitted by Dave McElveen
Wakulla Wildlife Festival – Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The annual Wakulla Wildlife Festival is a celebration of the rich natural history of the Wakulla Springs basin. A variety of activities are scheduled for April 15th. Go to www.wakullawildlifefestival.com for more information, a map, and to register for the premium guided tours. The Hairstreak Chapter will have a booth set up at Wakulla Springs State Park on Saturday and will provide a butterfly field trip that day from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, weather permitting. Sign-up will be at our exhibit booth this year (no fee for the field trip). Butterflies we hope to see at the park include swallowtails, satyrs, and other common yard and garden butterflies.
Entrance Fee: Waived if you’re staffing our booth. Just tell them at the gate. Otherwise it’s $6/vehicle.
Hairstreak Chapter members are needed at this event to share their enthusiasm for butterflies and our local environment. If you can volunteer for a few hours, please contact David Harder at (850) 566-8368. Submitted by Dave McElveen
Field Trip: Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park – Saturday, April 29, 2017
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 (left if you’re coming from downtown Tallahassee) on Miller Landing Road from Meridian Road. 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 Dave McElveen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 841-0899 if you have any questions. Submitted by Dave McElveen
Field Trip: Savannah, GA and the Outer Banks, NC – May 6-8, 2017
May 6 (Saturday) through May 8 (Monday) – This will be a long weekend field trip to Savannah, GA to see Rare Skipper and then Fort Macon, NC to see Crystal Skipper (recent split from Dusted Skipper). Depending on how quickly successful we are, we will search for other butterflies such as Creole Pearly-eye. We will carpool. Contact Eric Shaw at email@example.com. Submitted by Eric Shaw
Field Trip Report to Spring Canyon – Sunday, March 19, 2017
Seventeen people, including three NABA members from central Florida, enjoyed a beautiful spring day on this 100-acre private reserve in Gadsden County. The target butterfly, the Brown Elfin (Callophrys augustinus), was seen by all trip participants. Those who stayed past lunch were treated to close-up views of Brown Elfins as well as seeing their “dance” display. Besides butterflies, other special species seen included a flowering federally-listed plant, the Alabama Spiny Pod (Matalea alabamensis), and the nymph of the Twin-spotted Spiketail (Cordulegaster maculata). A special thanks to Helen and Tom for sharing with us the beauty and splendor of their property! Submitted by Dean Jue