BUTTERFLY COUNT: Fourth Annual Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (ARWEA) Count, Sunday, October 1, 2017
Cathy Ricketts, a wildlife biologist with ARWEA, and the Hairstreak Chapter are partnering again in 2017 to conduct the fourth annual ARWEA butterfly count on October 1st this year. There will be a group counting on the Gulf County side of ARWEA and a group counting on the Franklin County side. There remains good potential for finding and documenting new butterfly species for ARWEA, especially on the less-often surveyed western portion of the count circle.
If you are interested in participating in this count, please contact Sally Jue at firstname.lastname@example.org (best way) or call her at (850) 386-1393 and indicate the number of people in your party and whether you want to count in the Franklin or Gulf County side or if you have no preference. Contact her by Wednesday, September 27th so we can let everyone know their count assignments. Submitted by Dean Jue
Field Trip: Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (ARWEA), Saturday, October 7, 2017
For those of you who can’t make the ARWEA butterfly count this year, this will be your chance to see many of the butterflies that were found on the count the previous weekend in Franklin County. Previous year counts in Franklin County found Little Metalmark and Georgia Satyr, as well as many of the less common skippers such as Palatka, Broad-winged, Berry’s, and Dion.
To carpool from Tallahassee meet in front of Newk’s in the Village Square shopping center off Thomasville Road at 9:00 AM (EDT) or meet us at the Park and Ride in Telogia on the east side of the road (Hwy 65) at 9:45 AM (EDT). This will be an all-day trip, so bring lunch, water, insect protection, sun protection, and close-focusing binoculars. Bathroom facilities are sparse and cell phone service is spotty.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dean and Sally Jue (850) 386-1393 or email@example.com. Submitted by Dean Jue
Field Trip: Torreya State Park, Sunday, October 15, 2017
We will explore Torreya State Park by the Apalachicola River in Liberty County and Aspalaga Landing.
To carpool from Tallahassee, meet at 9:00 AM at the Florida DEP building parking lot on Commonwealth Boulevard, near the intersection of I-10 and Capital Circle Northwest. If you live west of Tallahassee, you may prefer to meet us at the picnic area parking lot at Torreya State Park at 10:00 AM. Be sure to bring close-focusing binoculars, insect repellent, water, and a lunch. If you have questions, please contact Dave McElveen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 841-0899. The Torreya State Park website is: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Torreya
Admission Fee: $3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle. Submitted by Dave McElveen
Monarch Festival at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: Saturday, October 28, 2017
The 29th Annual Monarch Festival at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge will be October 28, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Monarch tagging demonstrations will be down at the lighthouse. You can visit exhibitors at the Visitor Center Complex and the pollinator gardens at Picnic Pond.
The Hairstreak Chapter will have a booth at the festival to inform people about our organization’s goals and activities. We need volunteers to help staff the booth. This will be the last official Hairstreak Chapter event for this year. It is a great way to meet people who share your enthusiasm for butterfly watching or gardening. If you can help for an hour or two that day, please contact Dean Jue at email@example.com or 850-386-1393. October is also a beautiful time to just come down and enjoy the refuge even if you can’t help out at the booth. See http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/ for directions and map. Entrance fee: $5.00/car. Submitted by Dean Jue
Field Trip to South Texas: November 2017
The South Texas field trip scheduled for November has been cancelled. Submitted by Eric Shaw
Report on the Annual Meeting and Potluck: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Seventeen Hairstreak Chapter members and guests attended our annual meeting and potluck at Tall Timbers located between Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia. Tall Timbers Research Station was established in 1958 to conduct research on the effects of fire on quail, turkey and other wildlife, as well as on vegetation of value as cover and food for wildlife. We spent a very enjoyable morning exploring the property seeing numerous Variegated Fritillaries and Zebra Heliconians, with some trip participants seeing a Eufala Skipper and a Least Skipper. A big THANK YOU to Dave McElveen for getting this wonderful facility for our annual meeting.
After a delicious potluck lunch, our chapter president Dean Jue started the business meeting. He thanked Dave McElveen and Brian Lloyd for maintaining our www.naba-hairstreak.comwebsite, Jeff Ward for our new Facebook page, Dave McElveen for coordinating this year’s field trips, and all attendees for the great food.
The biggest news was that Jeff Glassberg, NABA President, asked Dean Jue last year if our Hairstreak Chapter would be hosts for the next national biennial NABA meeting to be held in September 2018. After discussion between the Hairstreak officers, Dean, and the national organization, the 13th NABA Biennial Members meeting will most likely be held in Tallahassee at the Four Points by Sheraton (downtown) on September 16-19 in 2018. The dates are a Sunday – Wednesday to avoid football traffic. Expect between 150 to 250 people to attend. There will be no financial impact to our local chapter.
The major Hairstreak Chapter responsibilities are:
- Present a first-night PowerPoint presentation of the butterflies that participants are likely to see in the Big Bend.
- Identify good locations for the field trips and provide three to five trip leaders to lead meeting attendees to those sites.
- Volunteers to distribute lunches and registration packets.
Highlights from the meeting included:
- Treasurer’s report- Brian Lloyd reported a total of $700.00 in our chapter’s bank account and that our cost for maintaining the website is good through 2018. There was an inquiry of how many in attendance use the website and 90 percent raised their hands.
- All the NABA Hairstreak officers have volunteered to serve for one more year
President: Dean Jue
Vice-President: Dave McElveen
Treasurer: Brian Lloyd
Secretary: Claudia Farren
They were elected unanimously.
- Sally Jue announced there are 35 paying members in our local Chapter.
- Some members of the Hairstreak Chapter will be featured on a PBS Local Roots program, probably in October 2017. The television crew tagged along for the July 29 Annual Tallahassee Butterfly Count. Luckily it was one of our best counts to date with a record-breaker in numbers and tying the highest number of species seen on a Tallahassee butterfly count.
- On March 11, 2017, Dean and Sally Jue and Claudia Farren worked the NABA booth during the Grand Opening of the Grove Museum. The museum invited members of the Hairstreak Chapter to join their park naturalist to give three tours this summer on the 3rd Saturday of June, July and September. The Nature Walk tours are free and open to the public. Dean and Sally Jue led the first walk in June and Wilson Baker led the July walk. Anyone interested in leading a future walk, please contact Dean Jue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Wakulla Wildlife Festival has been cancelled due to a decrease in attendance over the last few years. Despite a beautiful day, the April 15, 2017 festival was only lightly attended. David Harder, Virginia Craig and Claudia Farren staffed this year’s NABA booth.
- The Hairstreak Chapter continues to be active in local issues that are important to us. In August, Dean Jue sent a letter to Wakulla County Commissioner Mike Stewart thanking him for his willingness to work with Scott Davis of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to come up with a new roadside mowing plan that will protect wildflowers as well as promote safety for local drivers. Roadside wildflower habitat needs to continue to be available for butterflies, especially the migratory Monarch.
- The Hairstreak Chapter board will be getting together in December to develop a calendar of activities for the 2018 year. The board of officers has decided to cut back the schedule to one or two events every month. You can e-mail Dean Jue at email@example.com or call 850-386-1393 if you want to attend the meeting or if you have suggestions for 2018. You can also contact any of the other officers.
Trip Report: Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna, Sunday, September 3, 2017
Our exploratory trip to the Caverns did not disappoint. Seven members were treated to Silvery Checkerspots, Lace-winged Roadside-Skippers and a ‘Seminole’ Texan Crescent and that was just around the Caverns parking lot wall! We had lunch at Blue Hole and then walked down to Fish Hatchery Road. Along the way we walked through the old fish hatchery which is now an overgrown field and also stopped by our favorite red cedar tree which harbored one lonely Juniper Hairstreak. Besides Beggarticks (Bidens alba) and Bear’s Foot (Smallanthus uvedalia), Tall Thistle (Circium altissimum) was a big draw for butterflies including a Brazilian Skipper seen by one of our members. A total of 45 butterfly species was seen including 61 Silvery Checkerspots, 25 Lace-winged Roadside-Skippers, 1 ‘Seminole’ Texan Crescent (1st one seen here in several years), 1 Brazilian Skipper, 53 Zebra Heliconians, and 65 Gulf Fritillaries. Submitted by Virginia Craig
Trip Report: Elinor Klapp- Phipps Park, Saturday, September 9, 2017
This was a substitute for our originally scheduled trip to the Apalachicola Forest which was cancelled the day of the trip due to the impending Irma hurricane. Audubon had been invited on our field trip and showed up eight members strong. It was decided to visit EKPP where we met up with David Harder. Each armed with the butterfly brochure for the park and knowledgeable butterfly guides Brian, David and Virginia, we saw a total of 25 species. These included Eastern Tiger, Spicebush, and Giant Swallowtails, Cloudless and Little Sulphurs, Common Buckeye, Red-Spotted Admiral (Purple), Zebra Heliconian, Long-tailed and Dorantes Skippers, Carolina Satyrs, Byssus Skipper, Gray Hairstreak, Tawny Emperor, and a mating pair of Whirlabouts. All of us got good views of a brilliant yellow-throated warbler high up in an oak tree. A good time was had by all and the Audubon members became acquainted with some of our common late summer butterflies. Submitted by Virginia Craig