Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head, SC
June 19 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm$12.00
The walk will be led Carlos Chacon who is a butterfly expert, both for our native butterflies as well as those in his native country of Costa Rica. In addition, he is knowledgeable about host and nectaring plants. Members have the option of staying for the weekend and doing more butterflying at nearby areas, some of which are listed below.
Carlos Chacon is the Manager of Natural History at the Coastal Discovery Museum and will lead the group on an exploration of the Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat. The exploration will start with a short Power Point presentation covering the natural history, life cycle and other relevant facts of some of the most iconic Lowcountry butterflies. After the presentation the group will proceed on an short walk of the butterfly habitat and surrounding gardens where the group will be able to see several species of native butterflies in all the stages of their life cycle; egg, larvae, chrysalis and adult. Participants should wear good walking shoes and be prepare to spend a couple of hours in the field.
The Coastal Discovery Museum is very close to Pickney National Wildlife Refuge as well as the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge which are 2 possible venues for additional butterflying and/or birding the next day. The Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Mid Island Track and Michelville Freedom Park are also good locations to explore nearby.
Lodging is available along Highway 278. On your way home, there are numerous butterflying options in the ACE Basin off Highway 17 N. They include Donnelly WMA (Wildlife Management Area), Bear Island WMA, Edisto Nature Trail and Hollings National Wildlife Refuge.