NABA-North Jersey Butterfly Club

May 2018 Newsletter

Field Trips

For all field trips, bring lunch, liquids, tick repellent, sunscreen. Wear appropriate footgear for hiking dirt/grass trails and exploring meadows off-trail (sandals/flipflops not recommended). If you have questions about the trip or if weather is questionable, contact the leader.

Where possible, street addresses are provided for use with GPS navigation systems. DeLorme references are to map numbers and coordinates in the printed DeLorme New Jersey Atlas and Gazeteer.

Sunday, May 20, 2018 MOUNTAINSIDE PARK - Pompton Plains, Morris County

Leader: Fred Pfeifer:, 973-812-1298 or 973-809-7674 (cell) Address of Cedar Crest Retirement Community: 1 Cedar Crest Dr., Pompton Plains, NJ. Meet at 9:00am

DIRECTIONS: Take I-287 north to exit 52B or south to exit 52A. Proceed north on Rt. 23 for 1 mile (stay in right lane). Exit immediately after light, and follow sign to CEDAR CREST. Stay in left lane at gate. Stop and tell them you are visiting Betty Aiken, 119 Hampton Place, and are meeting her at the garden (Betty’s address is needed to get through gate). Park in one of the areas left or right of the chapel (in any space that is not reserved). Walk across the street to the garden, where we'll meet at 9:00 AM. Restrooms are available in Woodland Commons, a building on the Cedar Crest campus within walking distance of the garden. People who bring lunch can eat on Betty’s patios, and there is a cafe where lunch can be bought.

The target species for this trip include Indian, Dusted, and Cobweb Skippers. Dreamy Duskywing has been previously seen, and Falcate Orangetips are usually around. Although we avoid the steepest part by entering from Cedar Crest, it’s still a fairly strenuous hike so people should bring plenty of liquids with them and perhaps a walking stick.

SATURDAY, May 26, 2018 FLATBROOKVILLE - Walpack Township, Sussex County

Leader: Tom Halliwell:, 973-713-2147 (cell)
Meet at 9:30am

DIRECTIONS: Meet at Millbrook Village (DeLorme 23:C-17) (jct. of Millbrook Rd. and Old Mine Rd, in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Hardwick Twp., Warren County). Take Route 80 west to exit 12 (Hope-Blairstown). At end of ramp go right on Route 521 N for several miles to jct. with NJ Rt. 94 in Blairstown. Turn left onto Route 94 S. Go a very short distance to the traffic light and turn right. Be careful here. Take the 90-degree right—DO NOT FOLLOW ROUTE 521, WHICH MAKES A BACKSLANTING RIGHT. Go past the church, up the hill, and turn right at the top onto Route 602 (Millbrook Road). In a short distance bear left (which is still Route 602-Millbrook Road). Follow this for a number of miles, up and over the Kittatinny Ridge. When you have descended the backside of the Ridge you will come to Millbrook Village, a restored museum village. When the road Y's at the village, bear right and immediately turn right into the parking lot. There is a restroom at the far end of the lot. We will drive from here to Flatbrookville, which has flat, easy walking except for a short, steepish slope at beginning/end.

If we get some consistent warmth this month we hope to find a wide variety of butterflies such as newly emerged Great Spangled Fritillaries, Red-spotted Purples, Common Ringlets, Northern (and maybe Southern) Cloudywings, and some fresh grass-skippers. Some early species such as Pine Elfin, American Copper, Juniper Hairstreak, and Falcate Orangetip can often be found here this late as well.

4th of July Butterfly Counts

All are welcome to participate on the 4th of July counts. Listed below are the counts held in northern and central New Jersey. Visit for more info about the Butterfly Count Program. Please contact the compiler for details about any count you are interested in. Note that each participant must pay a $3.00 fee.

Sat., June 30 - Great Swamp, Chris Williams,, 732-673-4973

Sun., July 1 – Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge, Ken Witkowski,, 973-208-9808

Sat., July 7 - Springdale, Wade Wander,, 973-271-0204

Sun., July 8 - Mercer County, Jim Springer,, 732-764-9506

Sat., July 14 – Raritan Canal, Mike Gochfeld,, 732-828-9390 (Rain date sometime during the week)

Sun., July 15 - Duke Farms, Mike Gochfeld,, 732-828-9390 (Rain date sometime during the week)

Sat., July 21 - Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, PA, Mary Anne Borge,, 609-397-9684 (This count extends into Hunterdon County, NJ)