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Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2019 11:20:04 -0400
From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...>
Subject: [MassLep] Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival - 8/10/2019

The annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival was held at Broad Meadow=20
Brook MAS in Worcester from 10am to 4pm yesterday in bright sunny=20
weather. The Massachusetts Butterfly Club was represented at its and=20
other tables by members Howard Hoople, Dolores Price, Barbara Volkle,=20
Dave Grant, Donna Schilling, Martha Gach, Kristin Steinmetz, and Steve=20

Howard and Steve led 3 separate butterfly walks around the main=20
buildings and gardens which were attended by about 75 people, of which=20
at least 50% were children (several of whom did most of the skipper=20
spotting). During the day we saw:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2

Black Swallowtail - 2

Giant Swallowtail - 1

Cabbage White - 10+

American Copper - 2 (mating)

Gray Hairstreak - 1

American Lady - 1

Painted Lady - 1

Red-spotted Purple - 1

Viceroy - 1

Monarch - 12

Silver-spotted Skipper - 1 (worn)

Wild Indigo Duskywing - 1

Tawny-edged Skipper - 2

Peck's Skipper - 16 (some seen and identified by children less than 3=20
feet tall!!)

Little Glassywing - 1

Crossline Skipper - 1

and for a lucky few a Red Fox casually walking through the front garden=20
early in the day.

The Club had a full and rewarding day with one new member signing up and=20
3 who took our membership application and promised to sign up through=20
the NABA site. We also sold about 8 checklists and a few past Journals.=20
The NABA and MBC publications got a lot of positive and enthusiastic=20
comments from interested adults. Howard provided children under 13 with=20
beautiful color photos of our Massachusetts butterflies (many of the=20
kids took a long time deciding which picture to take). The Club had=20
numerous posters and signs up for the Festival, including many from the=20
Worcester Library exhibit several years ago. Dolores and Martha=20
recovered these from storage at the Sanctuary and they were a=C2=A0 great=
addition to our presence.

Thanks to all for your participation!

Steve Moore & Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA


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