Member Susan Meyers has shared some information about the possibility of having a Monarch Joint Venture (MJV) instructor come to Georgia to facilitate an Integrated Monarch Monitoring Program training. For more information on this program, visit https:// monarchjointventure.org/get- involved/mcsp-monitoring/
Let us know if this would be of interest to you for a future event.
Member Jill Gorman will conduct her butterfly garden workshop and plant giveaway on April 21 at noon. Relevant information is posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/144201736315957/?ti=cl
On Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Panola Mountain State Park, Phil Delestrez is leading a wildflower walk, which will also be a spring butterfly walk. Information about the walk is available at this link. Panola covered in blooming wildflowers is a beautiful sight, and Phil always has interesting observations about the natural world. There is a $10 per hiker fee, and a $5 parking fee at Panola. The walk is roughly 3.3 miles roundtrip and walkers are encouraged to wear bug spray and bring water.
May 4 the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail is having a Spring Symposium in Plains, Georgia. For more information and to register for the event, copy and paste into your browser the url address immediately below.
May 9 is the registration deadline for the Piedmont NWR May 18 count. May 18 is the Piedmont NWR count (see below for details).
June 13 is the registration deadline for the Piedmont NWR June 22 count. June 22 is the Piedmont NWR count (see below for details).
July 3 is the registration deadline for the Bond Swamp NWR July 13 count. July 13 is the Bond Swamp NWR count (see below for details).
Jill Gorman is hosting an event called "Finding Butterfly Eggs and Caterpillars" on August 18 from 10 am until 12 noon at her garden. The address is 3450 Duckpond Trace, Berkeley Lake, GA 30096.
September 5 is the registration deadline for the Piedmont NWR September 14 count.
September 14 is the Piedmont NWR count (see below for details).
September 22 is the Monarchs Across Georgia Pollinator Symposium at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit as it was last year. The speakers and topics will be
This is NOT a free event as it includes lunch and there are other associated costs such as facilities, etc. Exhibits outside the symposium will be open and free to the public. More about this event including cost will be announced.
Details regarding the 2018 Piedmont NWR and Bond Swanp NWR NABA Counts
Here is some general information for anyone interested in the 2018 Piedmont NWR and Bond Swamp NWR NABA Counts.
For more information on the Piedmont NWR click this link - Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.
To participate in these counts you must register beforehand with Refuge Assistant Manager, Carolyn Johnson at 478-986-5441 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Any additional questions should be directed to Carolyn. You will be sent more specific directions after you have registered.
We don't teach butterflies on these counts, they are strictly surveys and not field trips.
Registration deadlines are:
May 9th for the Piedmont NWR May 18th Count
June 13th for the Piedmont NWR Jun 22 Count:
July 3rd for the Bond Swamp NWR July 13th Count **
Sep 5th for the Piedmont NWR September 14th Count
General Piedmont NWR Count Information:
All counts are expected to run from 8:30am until 5pm.
Due to current staffing, the refuge will not be able to provide transportation and drivers. Please be prepared to drive your own vehicle. The Refuge roads are graveled and there are some rough fords, so compact cars are not a good idea. Cell phone coverage on the refuge is spotty to non existent.
Butterflying will involve slowly walking dirt roads, hiking power lines, searching fields, wetlands etc. Be prepared to bushwhack through briars, mosquito and tick infested hardwood bottoms.
Fast food restaurants are not available. You should pack your own snacks, a lunch and lots of fluids.
Please note: Minors under 18 cannot ride in government vehicles or participate in refuge sponsored events without a parental consent form signed. Also no pets, weapons or alcohol please!
**There is no office at Bond Swamp NWR.
The count is expected to run from 8:30am until 5pm. Bond Swamp may require a 4WD vehicle with good clearance. It is a swamp and county roads flood often. Vehicle access is very limited so there is much more walking. Lunch will be at a fast food restaurant, usually at a Subway. You are free to bring your own if you desire. You should pack your own snacks and lots of fluids.
On September 23, 2017, our NABA chapter was an exhibitor at Monarchs Across Georgia's "Pollinator Symposium" at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers Georgia.
On June 17, 2017, Dr. Jim Porter and Dr. Karen Porter led a walk in the woods at the Athens-Clarke County Tallassee Forest Conservation Area. After the walk, the Porters graciously opened their home for iced tea and shared his collections of Tallassee Forest moths and Eugen Esper’s Eighteenth Century watercolors of tropical butterflies and illustrated specimens.
On June 3, 2017, Jill Gorman hosted a butterfly garden open house near Duluth. Her garden was inspiring. She shared tips for butterflying garden success.
On May 21, 2017, Henning Von Schmeling led a Butterfly Walk at the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area.
On April 8, 2017, Rose Payne led a Butterfly Walk at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.
On March 11, 2017, Scott Anderson spoke about the National Butterfly Center and the Texas Butterfly Festival. During this meeting we also provided our official chapter 2016 financial records and elected our executive board.
On February 12, 2017, we heard from Dr. James Porter, Meigs Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia. Dr. Porter spoke about three lookalike species of Pearly Eye butterflies within Athens-Clarke County’s newest conservation area.
October 1, 2016 - Butterfly Walk, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, September 10, 2016 - Butterfly Walk, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield
August 13, 2016 Georgia Butterfly Count, Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
July 30, 2016 Smith-Gilbert Gardens 1st Annual Butterfly House & Pollinator Exhibit.
June 18, 2016 - Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail Discovery Day.
May 15, 2016 - Butterfly Walk at the Cochran Shoals Columns Drive parking lot to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
May 7, 2016 - Milkweed Planting at Panola Mountain State Park.
April 29, 2016 - Spring Butterfly Count, Sweetwater Creek State Park.
April 23, 2016 - Earth Day Family Fun Fest, Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch.
April 15, 2016 - Butterfly Count Workshop, Sweetwater Creek State Creek Park.
April 2, 2016 - Spring Butterfly Count, Monastery of the Holy Spirit
March 28, 2016 - Butterfly Education Outreach program, Whitlow Elementary School, Cumming, Georgia.
March 4, 2016, Butterfly Discussion, Athens, Dr. James W. Porter, The Flap of a Butterfly's Wing: The Extraordinary and Essential Butterflies and Moths of Athens-Clarke County.
February 21, 2016, Annual chapter meeting, Panola Mountain State Park. Presentation on Granite Outcrops by Lisa Kruse, plant biologist, walk led by Phil Delestrez.
February 13, 2016, Winter sowing for butterflies workshop, Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
November 7, 2015 - Fall Seed/Plant Swap.
October 11, 2015 - Prairie meadow installation at Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch.
September 27, 2015 - Monarch Migration Tagging Demonstration at Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch.
September 26, 2015 - Georgia State Parks Project, click here to read about the project.
September 19, 2015 - Bird "N Butterfly-a-thon 2015 at Leone Hall Price Park, Kennesaw, Georgia.
August 29, 2015 - Butterfly Walk/Field Trip at Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm.
July 11, 2015 - Butterfly Workshop/Walk at Blue Heron Nature Preserve.
June 6, 2015 - Butterfly Walk/Field Trip at Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
May 12, 2015 - Phil Delestrez presented Georgia Butterflies to the Georgia Native Plant Society.
April 4, 2015 - "Not Your Mama's Garden" tour with a visit to Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch, Eatonton.