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Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2021 22:40:19 +0000
From: Erin Haugh <erin_gillen...>
Subject: Re: [MassLep] Acadian Hairstreak Survey

Sorry to send that everyone.=20
Erin

> On Apr 4, 2021, at 6:39 PM, Erin Haugh <ERIN_GILLEN...> wrote:
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> =EF=BB=BFHi Garry,
> I don=E2=80=99t know what my availability will be in July, but I=E2=80=99=
d like to help if I have time. I have not seen this species before and have=
no knowledge of sites. But if you can use an extra set of eyes, I may be a=
ble to help. I live in Hampden near Springfield and spend some time in Harw=
ich 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 he=
lp.=20
> Erin Haugh
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>> On Mar 31, 2021, at 11:16 AM, 'Garry Kessler' via MassLep <masslep@googl=
egroups.com> wrote:
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>> =EF=BB=BFI need your help.
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>> 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).
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>> To provide NHESP with recent data on Acadian hairstreak populations, a=
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>> multiyear, statewide survey of both recent and historic breeding sites=
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>> is needed. For such a survey to succeed I need your help.
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>> 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 site=
s.
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>> If you answer yes to either of the questions, I want to hear from you at=
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>> <gkessler001...> .
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>> 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=
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>> butterfly tends to be a homebody. So nearby nectar is also desirable=20
>> with flowers such as milkweed, NJ tea and dogbane being popular.
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>> 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.
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>> - 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.)
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>> Please report both sightings and non-sightings to me at=20
>> <gkessler001...> .
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>> Please do not post detailed sightings to the internet to preserve data=
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>> confidentiality for NHESP. Club guidelines are to report only county=20
>> level locations for Acadian hairstreaks. I will provide detailed data to=
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>> both NHESP and to Mark F. for our club records.
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>> This is an opportunity to add to our current understanding of the status=
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>> 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=
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>> in helping conserve our vanishing natural heritage.
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>> A couple reference photos can be found here
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>> https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p412419667/hf5750fbc#hf5750fbc
>> https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p254954204/h89b46288#h89b46288
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>> Garry Kessler
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