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We believe in connecting people with nature. Our monthly programs are FREE and open to the public. Meetings are generally held the 4th Tuesday of each month at Quarry Hill Nature Center. Our speakers give presentations about a wide range of topics (not just birds). Check our program listing and join the fun!
Saturday, July 2, 2017 - Annual Butterfly Count
The morning was overcast and wet, in the high 70s and low 80s with very high humidity. We did not see many species on the morning rounds. The skies cleared off for the afternoon and numbers vastly improved throughout the afternoon. The official tally is being prepared and will be posted soon. Many thanks to Joel Dunnette for organizing, to Chester Woods for the loan of a Gator to get around the park, and to all the volunteers who walked the fields and tallied up their sightings!
Update - July 26, 207 - The final numbers are in. Thirty-one different species of butterflies were identified during the count including 1 new species - a Leonards Skipper - that we had never seen in the area before. Four species we couldn't identify were also found. A total of 768 individual butterflies were seen by our volunteers. To see the complete list click here (2mb excel file).
July 9, 2017 - Butterfly Class and BUG HUNT - ZVAS had a busy day. First master Naturalist and ZVAS President Joel Dunnette taught a Beginning Butterfly Watching class at Chester Woods. After a short indoor presentation our group of eleven headed to the field. Cloudy skies didn't help us in our search (butterflies like hot sunny weather), but we did find several species including Clouded Sulphur, Eastern Tailed Blue, Great Spangled Fritillary, Red Admiral, Wood Nymph, American Lady, Bronze Copper, and Monarch. Following the Butterfly Class, we hosted our annual BUG HUNT at Chester Woods. 15 kids and adults came out and had fun netting and taking up close looks at these fascinating creatures. Many thanks to Joel for sharing his knowledge with us all. See more photos of the Bug Hunt on our Facebook page here.
July 1, 2017 - There has been a lot of news lately about Poison Hemlock being found in southeast Minnesota. To learn more about this very toxic and invasive plant, and why you should avoid it (and destroy it) if you find it on your property visit z.umn.edu/poisonhemlock.
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