North American Butterfly Association

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North American Butterfly Association
13th Biennial Members' Meeting

Tallahassee, FL
September 16-19, 2018

Field Trip Selections:

Please select four (4) from the list of the FULL-DAY FIELD TRIPS below (A-H) for 9/17 and 9/18. Enter them in order of preference in the blanks following Pick 1, Pick 2, Pick 3, and Pick 4. That is, the field trip that you would most like to go on should be entered under Pick 1, the one you would next most like to go on should be entered under Pick 2, etc. We will try to accommodate both of your top two preferences but cannot guarantee it. Also you won't necessarily be assigned your highest preference field trip for the first full day, 9/17.

Finally, select two (2) trips in order of preference under Pick 5 and Pick 6 from the HALF-DAY TRIPS below (I-K) for the final day of the meeting (9/19).

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Laura Bianco at E-mail: bianco@naba.org or Phone: 973-285-0907).

If you want to travel as a group for a trip, please list the names of others you want to go with below (up to 3 who have registered for the meeting). Each person must still make their trip selections individually if you are asking to travel in a group and we will try to keep you with your group each day.


Name


E-mail


Physical Condition Limiting Participation in Field Trips (Y/N)?

Pick 1     Pick 2     Pick 3     Pick 4     Pick 5     Pick 6

Carpooling--Number of people that I can take:


Names of people I wish to travel with on these trips (up to 3)







Please be very conscious of the following hazards while on field trips.  Since rattlesnakes and cottonmouths (water moccasins) are possible in the area, stay on open paths and roads when you can while traveling through woods and grassy areas.  Ticks and chiggers can be problematic, so wear clothes tucked in at waist and in socks and use bug spray liberally.  Mosquitoes can be abundant as well.

Also please remember to share driving expenses including state park vehicle entrance fees with the driver.




FULL-DAY FIELD TRIPS (MONDAY-TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17-18) (choose four)

A) Spring Creek Unit of Big Bend Wildlife Management Area (1.5 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- This field trip will traverse a range of habitats from marshy roadsides and pine flatwoods to shady hardwood swamps. There is a good chance of finding Eastern Pygmy-Blue, Georgia Satyr, Appalachian Brown, Southern Pearly-eye, Palmetto Skipper, and Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper. Since the NABA Hairstreak Chapter has seen more species here in a single day than at any other location in the central Florida Panhandle, many other butterflies are possible! (See the Definitive Destinations article in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of American Butterflies for more detailed information about the butterflies of this area.)

B) Hickory Mound Unit of Big Bend Wildlife Management Area (1.25 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- This field trip will explore roadsides through a variety of habitats surrounding an impoundment. When nectar plants are abundant, a diversity of grass skippers can be found at this unit, including Yehl Skipper, Palatka Skipper, and Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper. Thousands of Gulf Fritillaries may occur here during their peak days in September. ‘Sweadner’s’ Juniper Hairstreak is sometimes common in this BBWMA unit. (See the Definitive Destinations article in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of American Butterflies for more detailed information about the butterflies of this area.)

C) Apalachicola National Forest – Sumatra and Hickory Landing (1.5 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- The Apalachicola National Forest (ANF) is the largest national forest in Florida. This field trip will explore the pine flatwoods and savannas of Liberty and Franklin counties. A variety of swallowtails and pierids are likely, along with Little Metalmark. Grass skipper species found in this part of the national forest include Palmetto Skipper, Palatka Skipper, Dion Skipper, and Berry’s Skipper. Trip participants will also have the opportunity to see a variety of carnivorous plants that grow in the savannas.

D) Apalachicola National Forest – Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area (1 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area, in the Wakulla County portion of the ANF, is the second largest wilderness area in Florida. When nectar plants are in full bloom along the forest roads bordering this site, visitors are treated to literally hundreds of butterflies in a single view. We will drive the perimeter roads to look for southeastern specialties such as Palmetto Skipper, Dion Skipper, and Berry’s Skipper.

E) Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (2 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- Just south of the Apalachicola National Forest in Franklin County is the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (ARWEA). Many of the same species found in the ANF also occur here, including Dion Skipper, Palmetto Skipper, and Berry’s Skipper. This is one of the most reliable spots in the central Florida Panhandle to find Broad-winged Skipper, and Aaron’s Skipper is also possible.

F) Torreya State Park and Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (1 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- This field trip will explore one of the most scenic parts of north Florida, an area with high bluffs and steep ravines bordering the Apalachicola River. Two rare trees, the Florida Torreya and the Florida Yew, grow within the state park. We will take short hikes to look for ‘Seminole’ Texan Crescent, Lace-winged Roadside Skipper, Yehl Skipper, and other fall species including an early-emerging Meske’s Skipper. The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve with its sandhill habitat is a good site for Dotted Skipper and will give us another opportunity to look for an early Meske’s.

G) Calhoun Meadows (1 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- Calhoun Meadows is a private property that belongs to two local NABA Hairstreak Chapter members, Travis and Karen MacClendon. They have converted 25 acres of former dairy land into a luxurious pollinator garden that is a photographer’s paradise for fritillaries, crescents, buckeyes, swallowtails, and other insects. The MacClendons will guide trip participants through their property and explain how it has been transformed with native plants into a beautiful landscape for wildlife and people alike. Visitors will also have a chance to navigate one of the largest labyrinths in the U.S.

H) Florida Caverns State Park (1.25 hour drive from Tallahassee) -- This state park in Jackson County is the site of an annual NABA butterfly count in June. In September, it is usually possible to find Silvery Checkerspot (one of the few sites for this species in Florida), Lace-winged Roadside Skipper, and ‘Seminole’ Texan Crescent. If they desire, visitors can take a 45-minute tour of the cavern to view stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies (additional cost of $8. per person).



HALF-DAY FIELD TRIPS (WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19) (choose two)

I) Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park (on north side of Tallahassee) -- This 670-acre multi-use park on the suburban-rural fringes of Tallahassee is just a 30-minute drive from the conference hotel. Over 60 butterfly species have been recorded here in September, including Great Purple Hairstreak, Hoary Edge, Golden Banded-Skipper, Byssus Skipper, and Lace-winged Roadside-Skipper. This is a good field trip for those who desire a leisurely butterfly walk through a wooded setting.

J) Apalachicola National Forest – Bradwell Bay Wilderness Area (1 hour drive from Tallahassee)

K) Torreya State Park and Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (1 hour drive from Tallahassee)