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Parris Island, South Carolina

This is a very rare opportunity to butterfly on Parris Island.

The walk will be LIMITED TO THE FIRST 12 PEOPLE who sign up by September 12 either on the CBS website or by contacting Marty Kastner at kastners@aol.com. When you register, you will need to provide your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH and SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. This information will be given to John Holloway (our trip leader and the natural resources person for Parris Island) which he will submit to Parris Island base security for the purpose of vetting all attendees. Dennis Forsythe is the organizer for this walk.

We will meet at the Parris Island Gateway entrance just south of US Highway 21 at Malecon Drive. Once through the main gate, we will pull over to caravan. The GPS coordinates for the front entry gate are 32.375001, -80.716649.

Long pants, sturdy shoes and a hat are recommended. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and lunch. Binoculars, a camera (for the photographers in the group) and field guide will be helpful for butterfly identification.

SI Group Hundred Acre Woods

The target species is the Goatweed Leafwing and other fall butterflies. There is a porta potty on site. The walk will be on flat ground, but some field areas may be overgrown.

The address is 725 Cannon Bridge Road, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Come in the second entrance after crossing the railroad tracks coming from Hwy. 301. Look to your right and go towards the tree line. We will line our cars up near the tree line. After everyone has arrived, Arthur Sweatman from the SI Group will lead the caravan of cars to the Hundred Acre Woods. Restaurants and gas stations are nearby.  Marty Kastner is our trip organizer; please contact Marty if you are coming. kastners@aol.com

NABA Count – Congaree National Park

Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center where 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 can help with this important count.  You do not have to be an expert to help and may come for a whole or half day.

CANCELLED – Gum Swamp Road

CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of an abundance of caution, this walk has been CANCELLED. 

This is in Jackson, South Carolina near Aiken.  Our target species are Texan Crescent and Tawny and Hackberry Emperors. We will meet at the Kathwood Lakes parking area of the Silver Bluff Audubon Center and Sanctuary.  We will leave some cars at this location and consolidate the number of vehicles.  Kathwood Lakes is just before the dirt road portion of Silver Bluff Road and approximately 200 yards after crossing the railroad tracks coming south on Silver Bluff Road.  Kathwood Lakes is the name Google Maps uses for the bodies of water at this location.  The GPS coordinates are 33.337279, -81.843453.  If you are coming from the north Beech Island is the nearest place with bathrooms, places to eat and gas stations.  If coming from the south, Jackson is the nearest place for these items.  If coming from the east down Silver Bluff Road, SC 302, Aiken will be the last town on your way.  Jackson will be to your south on SC 125 if you need to stop just prior to the meeting spot.  John Demko will lead.  leveljohn7@gmail.com

Limited NABA Count – Congaree National Park

Due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 outbreak and Congaree National Park still being closed to the general public, this NABA count will be a “by invitation only” event. Each group will be limited to one or two persons who have been specifically asked to attend.  We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope to see you for the Fall count or next year.

CANCELLED – Meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center where 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 can help with this important count.  You do not have to be an expert and you may come for a whole or half day.  david_shelley@nps.gov

CANCELLED – Sumter National Forest, Enoree District

CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of an abundance of caution, this walk has been CANCELLED. We will explore areas of the Sumter National Forest.  Meet in the parking lot of the Piggly Wiggly in Whitmire.  The address is 26490 SC-121, Whitmire, SC 29170.  GPS is 34.507138, -81.601602.  Dennis Forsythe will be our leader.  dennis.forsythe@gmail.com

CANCELLED – Carolina Sandhills NWR, Cheraw SP and Horseshoe Mountain

CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of an abundance of caution, this walk has been CANCELLED. A group use permit is required for us to visit the Carolina Sandhills NWR and, based on Governor McMaster’s state of emergency proclamation, said permit has been withheld by the issuing authority.

All of these locations are in Chesterfield County.  We will go to as many of these areas as we have time for.  Our target species are all elfins and Hessel’s Hairstreak.  The leader for this trip is still to be determined.  More information will be provided as details become available.

CANCELLED – Palachucola WMA and/or Hamilton Ridge WMA, Hampton County, SC

CANCELLED

Due to extensive flooding and a lack of nectar sources in both the Palachucola WMA and Hamilton Ridge WMA, this trip has been CANCELLED. We will instead explore the Timmerman Trail in Cayce, South Carolina on 2/21/20. Please refer to the Timmerman Trail event entry for details.

We will explore Palachucola WMA and/or Hamilton Ridge WMA from 10:30-4:00 or until you need to leave.  Prior to entering Palachucola WMA, please meet at the intersection of Orangeburg Road (County Road S-25-19) and Augusta Stagecoach Road (County Road S-25-20).  Alison Smith and Tom Austin will lead this walk.

Please let us know if you are coming in case plans or meeting places change.  You may sign up on the CBS website or email Marty Kastner at kastners@aol.com.  Bring your camera, binoculars, field guide, lunch, snacks, water and bug spray.  Long pants and close toed shoes are recommended.  We will be driving to several locations and getting out to look around.  Walking level is easy.  There are no restrooms.

CANCELLED – Timmerman Trail of the Cayce Riverwalk

CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and out of an abundance of caution, this walk has been CANCELLED.

This walk will begin at 11:00 (to allow the sun to get up over the trees) and end between 3:00 and 4:00.  The GPS coordinates on their website is for a different location than where we will be exploring.  The GPS coordinates for where we will meet are 33.934482, -81.037010.  To get there, take I-77 to exit 2 and exit onto 12th Street Extension heading north.  Turn right onto Fort Congaree Trail.  Go straight and park on the side of the road just before the gate.  There are restrooms at the Cayce Tennis Center, but it is currently not known if they will be opened.  Much of the Timmerman Trail is paved, but we will be walking a dirt road (which is Old State Road). On 3/12/20, Marty and Dave Kastner saw 25 Falcate Orangetip butterflies, mostly males, along with 10 other species.

Marty and Dave Kastner will lead.  Please register on the CBS website or contact Marty if you are coming.  kastners@aol.com