Join us for the 4th conduction of the Orange County NABA Count! If you are not familiar with what is a NABA count, please visit the NABA website for more information. All butterfly identification skill levels are welcome to participate. We welcome any amount of time you can provide to cover designated areas within Orange County.

Areas to be covered, but not limited to: Brumley Forest, Johnston Mill, Occoneechee State Park, portions of Duke Forest, NCBG, and other areas in Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.

The $3 fee to participate will be covered by Backyard Butterflies.

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Meet up is in the parking lot at the end of the road into the park, near the restrooms. Space is limited so please be sure to reserve your spot and RSVP.

Please wear sturdy or hiking shoes or boots, and long pants. We will be walking through tall grasses or mowed grass to better observe smaller butterflies. The terrain is relatively level in the areas we will be exploring. Other accourements are at your discretion. We recommend bringing a camera and/or binoculars for butterflying. Please bring with you any additional items you might need to have a pleasant walking experience.

If we have timed it right, there should be a lot of thistle and other flowers in bloom that will attract Great Spangled Fritillaries, Juniper Hairstreaks, assorted grass skippers, and more. This location seems to only have butterfly activity in the early part of spring. At this park we have sighted some uncommon butterflies: Harvester, Pine Elfin, Dusted Skipper, Little Yellow and large numbers of Juniper Hairstreaks.

There are also some interesting native plants, like the lily-leaf twayblade to be found along the trails. We have also observed black rat snakes and toads!

Spaces are limited for this walk so be sure to reserve your spot.

We will be meeting at the main section of Brumley Forest NP located on New Hope Church Rd. If there have been recent heavy rains the Preserve may be closed. We will provide updates to those who have reserved a space.

This walk will cover multiple areas where the first butterflies of the year can be seen. We expect to have sightings of American Ladies, Common Buckeyes, Orange Sulphurs, newly arrived Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails, assorted early Hairstreaks, anglewings, and maybe a grass skipper or two. We will show you a known butterfly puddling spot, and if it has recently rained we may get lucky to see a gathering of Tiger Swallowtails.

Brumley has an impressive stand of common milkweeds that will be starting to grow. We might be able to see caterpillars if the spring proves to be warm.

Be sure to bring a camera as there is always something photo-worthy while hiking through the preserve. We recommend wearing hiking shoes or boots as the trails can be muddy. Bug spray is optional as it is still early in the season. Please bring beverages or a snack if you require them. A questionable port-a-potty is available. No flush toilets or other amenities. The town of Hillsborough is about three miles away.

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