ASCM July Nature Walks

Thanks to our Nature Walk Leaders for these reports on our July Nature Walks!

July 20, 2013

In spite of the July heat wave, 18 folks showed up for July's Nature Walk at Audrey Carroll, and a light overcast kept the heat from being too oppressive.

Our goal was to study butterflies and dragonflies, and a good assortment of each was present. For the butterflies, we studied the difference between the Spicebush Swallowtail and the black-phase female Tiger Swallowtail. Both of these were present, among almost incredible numbers of Cabbage Whites. Skippers were represented by the sSilver-spotted and Least Skippers, with other species not numerous enough to reveal the trip leader's incompetence at their identification. Among Dragonflies, we used the Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies to identify the Widow Skimmer, Black Saddlebags, and Halloween Pennant. and near a stream (where they are always found), several individuals of the beautiful Ebony Jewelwing, both male and female.

Birds were relatively quiet, as they normally are at this time of year, although Field Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats were always evident in the meadows.

Before getting too hot, we finished up at about 10:30, and all participants (who ranged in age from about 2 years to quite a bit more) seemed to have enjoyed the Sanctuary and the walk.

Bob Schaefer, Trip Leader

2013 - R. Schaefer & The Audubon Society of Central Maryland

 Updated: 08.02.13