Counting More Butterflies!
If you just can’t get enough of butterflies and/or you want practice before Loudoun Wildlife’s Annual Butterfly Count August 5 (sign up here), there are two counts happening Saturday, July 29 that you might want to investigate joining.
One is the 22nd Annual Airlie Center Butterfly Count, celebrating 15 years in association with North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Counters will meet at 8:30 am at the Clifton Institute/Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA, for assignments. The Environmental Studies on the Piedmont would especially appreciate additional experienced counters and any photographers willing to volunteer. The count area offers a variety of exceptional habitats, including several stunning private properties that require extensive hiking. For more information, or to register, kindly contact the count coordinator Sue Garvin via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prince William Conservation Alliance also holds its Butterfly Count that day. The center of the count’s circle is near Manassas Airport and its 7.5-mile radius reaches parts of Manassas National Battlefield Park, Bull Run, mid-Prince William County, and rural Nokesville. Training will be held on Saturday, July 22, but the Alliance needs some knowledgeable people to serve as leaders. If you’re interested, please contact Kim Hosen by email at pwconserve.org, or phone 703-499-4954.