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Spring 2014-Calendar of Events 


Note Meeting Venue Change: Millhopper Branch of the Alachua County Library, 3145 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606, (352) 334-1272. Meeting Room "B."  


Chapter Meeting, Monday, March 10: "Butterflies of India" at 7:00 p.m.
Primo butterfly enthusiast and excellent photographer Bill Berthet of Jacksonville will thrill us with his stunning photos of India's butterfly beauties.
      Join Bill and his trusty Canon 40D for a three week holiday observing and photographing butterflies in N.E. India. Over 1440 butterfly species have been recorded in India, of which 695 are found in the tiny state of Sikkim. The landscape is stunning, ranging from subtropical valleys to the breathtaking beauty of Kanchenjunga, the world’s 3rd highest peak at around 28,000 feet! Sikkim has no less than 28 mountain peaks, 80 glaciers, 227 lakes and 100 rivers and streams.
      Just over 100 miles away lies the state of Assam one of the richest biodiversity sites in the world, endowed with pristine rainforests, deciduous forests and riverine grasslands where 2 armed guards are keeping an eye out for elephants while you photograph butterflies in Manas Tiger Reserve.
      Our first stop is Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary a dense forest in West Bengal, until recently was known for banditry but is now safe for travel, and Buxa Tiger Reserve with the Northern Boundary running along the international border with Bhutan. Both reserves encompasses as many as eight forest types, and forms a corridor for elephants.
NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Millhopper Branch of the Alachua County Library, 3145 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606, (352) 334-1272. Meeting Room "B" for meeting at 7:00pm.


Field Trip, Saturday, March 15: "Henry's Elfin of Cow Creek Road, Goethe State Forest" Join us for a trip to Cow Creek Road to search for Henry's Elfin and other butterflies. This field trip is always a crowd pleaser, as the willows begin to show off their yellow flowers and the pink flowers of thistle sport gorgeous swallowtails and a multitude of other butterflies. Join us in search for the star of the show, Henry's Elfin, at Goethe State Forest, on the 15th. This is an ideal field trip for beginning butterfliers, young and young-at-heart alike. We will stop-and-go via our vehicles along the 7-mile Cow Creek Road off 121, which comes south out of Williston.

Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Cow Creek Road entrance off Hwy 121 in Levy County, Goethe State Forest. Bring lunch, water, snack, sunscreen, hat, camera, butterfly field guide...friends and relatives. Stay as long as you like. Please bring $2 entry fee for the forest. 

Directions: From I-75, take Williston Road southGo south on Williston Road (121) for about 10 miles (?) south of the McDonald's in Williston and take a right on Cow Creek Road. If you reach Hwy. 98, you have gone too far. Cow Creek is easy to miss, so keep your eyes open. Call Kathy Malone at 561-312-9978 if you get lost.


Field Trip, Saturday, March 22: Join us for a trip to Ralph E. Simmons State Forest at Hilliard, FL, (at the GA state line above Jacksonville), for a Frosted Elfin adventure. We hope to see the Frosted Elfins as they are quite rare. But if not, we will have fun trying and it is a gorgeous place. Another highlight butterfly may be the tiny Dusky Roadside-Skipper.

Will carpool at 7:45 a.m. and expect to be at Simmons State Forest between 10:00 and 10:15 a.m., returning around 5:00 p.m. Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, camera, hat and butterfly field guide if you have one. We will walk about two miles, some of it in soft sand, but on flat ground.  

To carpool: meet at Hitchcock's parking lot in Alachua, off U.S. 441 at 7:45 a.m. Return around 5:00 p.m.  


Field Trip, Saturday, April 5th: "Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Near Cedar Key" Please join Barbara Woodmansee and the NCF Chapter of NABA for the fourth annual Butterfly Extravaganza in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.  We have the potential to see up to 50+ species of butterflies, and everyone always has a great time.
     Bring a bag lunch, plenty to drink, binocs and cameras, sunscreen, bug juice and a hat.  The Nature Drive is a 9-mile dirt road where we drive/walk and watch for rare skippers, satyrs and hairstreaks, as well as all of the many other species the refuge has to offer. 
     We'll meet at the SOUTH entrance to the refuge at 9:00 a.m. and work our way north over the entire day. Spend a few hours or all day with our group and we promise a great time for everyone.  

Directions: From Gainesville take Archer Road (SR 24) west, nearly to Cedar Key, and then turn right (north) on 347 for 10 miles, watching for the big brown sign directing you to the south entrance to the LSNWR Nature Drive.   For more information, please email Barbara at  .


NABA Butterfly Count, Saturday May 3: Beginners Welcome! Meet in the main parking lot in O'Leno State Park at 9 a.m.. Cost is $3 per person. Please don't be shy if you are a beginner. We want and need your help! We will walk the river trail and the main roadside, then go on to Poe Springs and Kathy Malone's house in High Springs. End at 3 p.m.

Bring lunch, hat, water, sunscreen, comfy walking/hiking shoes, butterfly ID book, close-focusing binoculars and a friend. Beginners are very welcome! $3 per person to NABA. Count book to be published at a later date available for $7. There is a park entrance fee.


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