Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2021 22:39:20 +0000
From: Erin Haugh <erin_gillen...>
Subject: Re: [MassLep] Acadian Hairstreak Survey
I don=E2=80=99t know what my availability will be in July, but I=E2=80=99d =
like to help if I have time. I have not seen this species before and have n=
o knowledge of sites. But if you can use an extra set of eyes, I may be abl=
e to help. I live in Hampden near Springfield and spend some time in Harwic=
h in the summers if there are any sites near by that would need checking, I=
would be more likely to be able to get away to help more frequently. But I=
may be able to go further afield a couple times. Let me know if I can help=
> On Mar 31, 2021, at 11:16 AM, 'Garry Kessler' via MassLep <masslep@google=
> =EF=BB=BFI need your help.
> Acadian hairstreaks seem to be in decline in Massachusetts in recent=20
> years with populations at some well-known sites apparently having=20
> disappeared. Only a few sites are thought to continue to support the=20
> butterfly. This raises the possibility that Acadian hairstreaks could=20
> benefit from conservation protection by the Natural Heritage &=20
> Endangered Species Program (NHESP).
> To provide NHESP with recent data on Acadian hairstreak populations, a=20
> multiyear, statewide survey of both recent and historic breeding sites=20
> is needed. For such a survey to succeed I need your help.
> Are you interested in visiting sites during the season?
> Do you know of sites that should be surveyed?
> We need help with a list of both potential sites and known historic sites=
> If you answer yes to either of the questions, I want to hear from you at=
> <gkessler001...> .
> Acadian hairstreaks are a small, one-inch tall, gray butterfly found=20
> near wet places in July. It favors areas with willows, such as black=20
> willow and pussy willow in places that are often wet or near water. The=
> butterfly tends to be a homebody. So nearby nectar is also desirable=20
> with flowers such as milkweed, NJ tea and dogbane being popular.
> Flights are from late June to early August with July being peak. For=20
> each site visit we'll want to collect the following information.
> - date
> - specific location (sufficient for NHESP staff to find the site)
> - weather (clouds, temperature, i.e., should we go back on a better day)
> - count of individuals found (sex if possible)
> - other species of interest seen
> - habitat suitability (host plants, nectar sources)
> - threats to the site (such as human disturbance, etc.)
> Please report both sightings and non-sightings to me at=20
> <gkessler001...> .
> Please do not post detailed sightings to the internet to preserve data=20
> confidentiality for NHESP. Club guidelines are to report only county=20
> level locations for Acadian hairstreaks. I will provide detailed data to=
> both NHESP and to Mark F. for our club records.
> This is an opportunity to add to our current understanding of the status=
> of this butterfly and potentially make a difference in preserving=20
> remaining populations. Volunteer projects such as this are key to=20
> providing data and insights for projects over wide areas and extended=20
> time periods. This project cannot succeed without your help. Please join=
> in helping conserve our vanishing natural heritage.
> A couple reference photos can be found here
> Garry Kessler
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