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J.C. Raulston Arboretum

For this CBS walk, we are hoping to reorganize the Triangle Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society beginning with a garden walk followed by a field trip in the Raleigh-Durham area.

On Friday, August 6, we will meet in the parking lot of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum at 10:00 am for some easy butterflying in the gardens there. The arboretum address is 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606. Currently the gardens are open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays only. The current arboretum policy is that masks are required indoors but not outdoors, and social distancing is required both indoors and outdoors. These policies may be relaxed by August 6th. Please check the arboretum’s website for the most up-to-date information at: https://jcra.ncsu.edu//

For those who use GPS, the coordinates of the arboretum entrance are 35.794921, -78.700278. Restrooms are available at the arboretum and good places to eat are not far away.

Carolina Sandhills NWR

The Carolina Butterfly Society Midlands Chapter will hold a butterfly walk on FRIDAY, June 11 to Carolina Sandhills NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) in South Carolina. This is the walk that was rescheduled due to an unfavorable weather forecast on June 5.

Please meet in the parking lot at the visitor center of Carolina Sandhills NWR. The main entrance is on US Highway 1, about 4 miles northeast of McBee, SC. The address is 23734 U.S. Highway 1, McBee, SC 29101; The GPS coordinates are 34.502551, -80.223653.

Our target species will be hairstreaks including Banded, Coral and King’s and Southern Dogface. There are restroom facilities at Lake Bee, but we will not be near there until later in the day if at all. There are gas stations in McBee. We will drive to sections of the NWR and stop to look for butterflies. Walking will be minimal. Please bring water, lunch, binoculars, cameras, sunscreen, and bug spray. Long pants and close-toed shoes are recommended. Marty and Dave Kastner will lead. Please register on the CBS website or contact kastners@aol.com if you can attend.

Edisto Memorial Gardens

The Edisto Memorial Gardens is owned and operated by the City of Orangeburg. There is No Admission Fee. Come see this South Carolina treasure and hopefully we will spot some butterflies too!

Suggestion: Park in the Upper Parking Lot and park toward the far end.

Restrooms are located to the far-right upper corner of the parking lot. Follow the sidewalk to the buildings down the hill and to the right.

We will meet in the Lower Parking lot to begin our walk. Follow the pavement to the far upper left and walk down the incline to the parking area below. Our walk will end back at the Upper Parking area.

This is an easy walk with some steps and moderate inclines. There is a board walk that enables us to see the North Fork of the Edisto River. The Edisto River is the longest free flowing Black Water River in North America. What makes this a black water river? Come and discover the answer.

Bring: Bug Spray, Water, Snacks, Insect Guides, Camera.

We will see Roses, Canada Geese, Turtles, a Chinese Waterwheel, and the river. We hope to see butterflies. There will be an opportunity to stand on a million gallons of water, you will not get your feet wet! Come see how the old city dump was transformed (1920’s) into an area of beauty before it became the “in thing to do!”

The gardens are affiliated with the American Garden Rose Selections (AGRS) and has an American Rose Society Award of Excellence Test Garden.

The Edisto Memorial Gardens are located at 218 Riverside Drive, SW, Orangeburg, SC 29115. The website is: www.orangeburg.sc.us/edisto-memorial-gardens.

Contact: Diane Curlee, cell phone (803) 378-0536 if you are planning to attend the walk.

Latta Plantation NP and Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CLOSED!

Due to the large response we’ve had to our upcoming walk at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve, we would like to move our meet up location to the gravel parking lot behind the Nature Center and not the Nature Center Parking Lot. After you enter the park drive past the Nature Center parking lot to the next road and follow it to the lot behind the Nature Center. A map is attached for reference.

During these walks we generally see our highest species diversity of the season.

NABA Count – Congaree National Park

Meet at the visitor center which has restroom facilities. We will divide into smaller groups. Some will have longer areas to walk. Some trails will have roots and may be overgrown. There are no restaurants nearby. Contact David Shelley if you are able to help with this important count. You do not have to be an expert to help and you may come for a whole or half day.

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Please meet in the parking lot at the visitor center of Carolina Sandhills NWR. The main entrance is on US Highway 1, about 4 miles northeast of McBee, SC. The address is 23734 U.S. Highway 1, McBee, SC 29101. Our target species will be hairstreaks including Banded, Coral and King’s. There are restroom facilities at Lake Bee, but we will not be near there until later in the day. There are gas stations in McBee. We will drive to sections of the NWR and stop to look for butterflies. Walking will be minimal.

CANCELLED – Pilot Mountain State Park – Surry County, NC

*** CANCELLED ***

I’m afraid we picked bad weather for our Saturday outing at Pilot Mountain. High temperatures are now predicted at 51 degrees, overcast and showers throughout the day Saturday.

There are still plenty of Brown Elfins there, particularly on the Jomeokee trail. I again found no Henry’s Elfins but did have 18 Browns yesterday (4/18/19).

Good luck on evading the upcoming storm!

Gene Schepker

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Meet at Parking Lot (at 10 AM) near the bathrooms (as far as one can drive up after entering the park). Pilot Mountain State Park has no entrance fee but does have cool drinking water and clean bathrooms! Please leave me your email address preferably or phone number if you plan to attend!

NABA Count Congaree National Park

Meet at the visitor center.  We will divide into smaller groups. Some will have longer areas to walk. Some trails will have roots and may be overgrown. There are no restaurants nearby.  Bring camera, binoculars, field guide, sun screen and insect repellent.  Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.  Contact David Shelley if you are able to help with this important count. You do not have to be an expert to help and may come for a whole or half day. david_shelley@nps.gov