Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Butterfly walk at Stratford Point

On Saturday June 16 at 10 a.m., the Connecticut Butterfly Association will be leading a walk along with Connecticut Audubon Society at our managed Stratford Point property at 1207 Prospect Drive in Stratford. The leader is Lenny Brown, an expert who helped us identify a few choice skippers last season in our own survey work. He along with Greg Hanisek and Bill Banks were able to locate a couple of Swarthy's Skipper on site, a rare breeding species for the state at the north end of its range. It is only more evidence of how vitally important Stratford Point is to all forms of life along Long Island Sound.

Here are some of the more common visitors we have.

 Common Buckeye

 Red-banded Hairstreak

Zabulon Skipper

We will hope to find some more on this walk as well as plenty of the common species and other surprises. I know I will be watching out for odonata, dragonflies and damselflies, along the way as well. Please feel free to stop by and join the walk as all CBA field trips and CAS Stratford Point walks are free and open to the public. We all also remind you to wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring water and sunscreen if you come down. Visit www.ctbutterfly.org for more information about their organization and upcoming trips.

Oh, and don't forget your net!

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

All photos © Scott Kruitbosch and not to be reproduced without explicit permission

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