Monday, July 25, 2016

BUTTERFLY COUNT RESULTS

Tawny Emperor:   Photo by Kathy Barylski
Thanks to everyone who helped count and identify the butterflies at Catoctin Creek Park.  Over 40 people showed up!  Below are the results with the number counted next to the common name for the butterfly.  Thanks to Kathy Barylski for the photo of the Tawny Emperor she found on Sunday.

SUMMER 2016
Butterfly Types
Number Counted
Red-Spotted Purple
   2
Hackberry Emperor
   2
Tawny Emperor
   1
Common Buckeye
   2
Question Mark
   1    
Red Admiral
   1
Silvery Checkerspot
   1
Cabbage White
   over 100
Clouded Sulfur
   over 35
Orange Sulfur
   over 25
Eastern Tailed Blue
   23
Summer Azure
   4
American Copper
   6
Black Swallowtail
   1
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
   10
Pipevine Swallowtail
   1
Spicebush Swallowtail
   2
Unidentified Black Swallowtail (larger variety; not counted as a separate species)
   1
Dun Skipper
   1
Least Skipper
   over 15
Peck's Skipper
   9
Tawny-Edged Skipper
   2
Silver Spotted Skipper
   10
Total Number of Species
22
Total Number Counted
250+

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

REMINDER: ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT


ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT
SUNDAY, JULY 24TH
10 AM - 12 PM

Help us find and identify the different species of butterflies in our park!
No experience necessary.

Meeting Location:  Catoctin Creek Nature Center

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Program Openings Available!



Program  Openings are available for the following programs:

We Love Bugs!       
July 18-July 22, 2016

It's summertime and the bugs and butterflies are hopping at
Catoctin Creek Park!  Campers will just love to take bug
hikes, play bug games, make cool bug crafts, and meet
our buggy friends living at the Nature Center.

Ages:  4-6 years old
Time:  9-11:30 AM
Fee:  $72 per camper


Geocaching Series
8/6, 8/13, 8/20

Learn how to use modern GPS technology to find hidden
treasure boxes all over the world.  Topics:  Geocaching for 
Beginners, Deciphering, Puzzles.  
GPS units will be provided, or bring a smart phone with a
Geocaching app (optional).  Also bring a full, refillable
water bottle and hiking shoes.  Under 16 must be
accompanied by a participating (registered) adult.  Sign
up for one or all 3 classes!

Ages:  8+ years
Time:  10 AM - 12 PM
Fee:  $10 per person per class


To Register for these programs:
Call 301-600-2936
Or go to 
www.Recreater.com



































Monday, June 27, 2016

Butterfly Count


ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT
Sunday, July 24th
10 AM





The annual butterfly count is scheduled for Sunday, July 24th, starting at 10 AM at Catoctin Creek Park.  Join Kathy Barylski of the Frederick County Nature Council and members of the 4-H Bug Patrol to count and learn about butterflies in the park.












Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Purple Martin Update

 As of May 31st,  21 of the 24 gourds have nests. Some are not complete (yet). 12 eggs were found spread out in 8 nests; 4 nests with 2 eggs and 4 nests with 1 egg each.

Next Nest Check:
Saturday, June 11
3:00 PM
Join us at Catoctin Creek Nature Center as we lower the gourd rack to survey each gourd for nests and to count eggs.

Purple Martin pair with the female holding nesting material.




Nest with Eggs inside the gourd.