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CANCELLED – James W. Webb WMA, Hampton County, SC


Due to extensive flooding and a lack of nectar sources in the James W. Webb WMA, this trip has been CANCELLED. We will instead explore the Timmerman Trail in Cayce, South Carolina on this same date. Please refer to the Timmerman Trail event entry for details.

The Carolina Butterfly Society’s first field trips of the 2020 season will be held on March 21 and 22 in Hampton County, SC.  There are three Wildlife Management Areas adjacent to each other for us to investigate.

On Saturday, March 21, we will go to the James W. Webb WMA from 10:30-4:00.  The entrance to the center is 2.7 miles from Garnett off Augusta Stagecoach Road (more complete directions are below).  We will meet at the office.  Last year at this time we saw 25+ species at Webb including the Seminole Texan Crescent.  Marty and Dave Kastner will lead this part of the walk.

On Sunday, March 22, we will explore Palachucola WMA and/or Hamilton Ridge WMA from 10:30-4:00 or until you need to leave.  Please meet at the intersection of Orangeburg Road and Augusta Stagecoach Road.  Alison Smith and Tom Austin will lead this walk.

If you would like to stay overnight, the closest hotels are in Ridgeland, SC which is about 30 minutes from Webb WMA.

Please let us know if you are coming in case plans change.  You may sign up on the CBS website or email Marty 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.

Directions to James W. Webb WMA Office – Address: 1282 Webb Avenue, Garnett, SC 29922 GPS Coordinates: Latitude = 32.608860, Longitude = -81.301580

  • From Columbia – Take Highway 321 South to Garnett.  In Garnett the road will fork. Stay right on HWY 119.  Turn right onto Augusta Stagecoach Road (S-20), cross the railroad tracks and go approximately 2.6 miles.  Webb WMA entrance is on the left.  Follow Webb Avenue 1.5 miles to the office.
  • From I-95 – Take exit 21 for SC 336 towards Ridgeland.  Turn right onto SC 336 and right onto US 321 N.  Turn left onto Augusta Stage Road and follow it to the Webb WMA entrance on the left.  Follow Webb Avenue 1.5 miles to the office.
  • From Aiken – Take Old Barnwell Rd, US-278 E, 7 Pines Rd, Patterson Mill Rd, … and SC-3 to County Rd S-25-19/Orangeburg Rd in Hampton County.  Turn left onto Augusta Stagecoach Road and right onto Webb Avenue and follow it 1.5 miles to the office.

Pre-Symposium Walk – Santee Coastal Reserve WMA

Santee Coastal Reserve Wildlife Management Area
220 Santee Gun Club Road
McClellanville, SC 29458
GPS Coordinates: 33.147765, -79.396188

Meeting Location
Lily Pond Baptist Church
734 South Santee Road
McClellanville, SC 29458
GPS Coordinates: 33.152602, -79.410820

Driving Directions

From Charleston or Mt. Pleasant:
Drive north on US 17. Once past the small town of McClellanville, turn right onto South Santee Road (State Rd S-10-857) and drive until it intersects with Santee Gun Club Road. Lily Pond Baptist Church is at this junction on the right. Park behind the church.

From Georgetown:
Drive south on US 17 for approximately 15.0 miles. One mile beyond the South Santee River Bridge, turn left onto South Santee Road (State Road S-10-857). Drive approximately 1.4 miles until it intersects with Santee Gun Club Road. Lily Pond Baptist Church is at this junction on the left. Park behind the church.

SI Group

This is a joint trip with SCAN (South Carolina Association of Naturalists). 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. When everyone is there, Arthur Sweatman from the SI Group will lead the caravan of cars to the Hundred Acre Woods. Dave Kastner is our trip organizer. The target species is the Goatweed Leafwing and other fall butterflies. There is a porta potty on site. Restaurants and gas stations are nearby. The walk will be on flat ground but some field areas may be overgrown. Register online or contact Dave if you are able to attend.

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 may come for a whole or half day.

Crackerneck Wildlife Management Area and Ecological Reserve

Jackson, SC, Aiken County. Please visit their website for directions. This area is only open during designated dates and times. Meet at the gate where you will have to sign in and out. We may carpool on the property leaving the other cars in the parking area. We will drive to various areas to look for butterflies. The main roads are gravel, the smaller roads are grass but unless you get way off the track they are in pretty good shape and are well maintained. There is a port-o-let at the gate. The nearest town is Jackson, a mile or two from the front gate. There is a Subway there and possibly other local restaurants, but you should probably bring lunch because the property is huge and if you get back to the areas where we’re going to be, it can take as long as ½ hour just to get back to the gate. Intricate Satyr, Texan Crescent and Appalachian Brown have been found at this site.

Savannah NWR and Tillman Sand Ridge HP

We will look for wetland skippers and southern strays mainly at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday and the Tillman Sandridge Heritage Preserve and Becks Ferry Landing on Sunday.

SATURDAY WALK CANCELLED – Due to a lack of nectar and butterflies, the Saturday walk has been cancelled!   Saturday, August 24, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM   –   Meet at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located at 694 Beech Hill Ln, off Highway 17 (Speedway Boulevard) to the South of Hardeeville, South Carolina. GPS coordinates for the visitor center are 32.172766, -81.076097.

Sunday, August 25, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM   –   Meet at the Exxon Station just north of the junction of US Highway 321 (Cotton Hill Road) and SC Highway 336 (Tillman Road). GPS coordinates for the Exxon station are 32.463760, -81.107259.

There are restroom at the refuge and the Exxon Station. Walks will be along level sand and paved roads. Bring lunch, field guide, binoculars, water, sun screen, insect repellent, etc. Dennis Forsythe will lead.

Loretta Lutman Butterfly Garden

Visit and tour of Loretta Lutman’s extensive private butterfly garden in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. We visited this garden last year and had great turn out and a great time.

Contact our host, Loretta Lutman <butterflies_bg@triad.rr.com>, for directions and to let her know that you’re planning to come. Note that this is a Sunday afternoon and we would like to start at 2 pm. There is a lot of preparation that goes into these private garden visits. In addition to maintenance on the garden, Loretta plans to have lemonade and snacks so she would like to know how many people to prepare for. We have a rain date planned in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Guests are welcome.