Butterflies, with their fanciful flight, beautiful wings and wondrous metamorphosis from their early life as sluggish caterpillars, have long fascinated human beings.
The eastern U.S. is home to many species of butterflies and moths, and on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. naturalist Colleen Wolpert will lead a nature walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve to discover and identify some of them.
Butterflies, Wolpert points out, “are quite picky eaters,” so her walk will focus not only on identifying the insects but on the plants they like to eat and that serve as good hosts for caterpillars.
The preserve is a diverse, 400-acre protected area, and the group will search out butterflies in some of their preferred habitats, including fields, woods and wetlands.
Along the way, Wolpert will comment on the behavior of different species of butterflies, where they are likely to be found and steps we can take to attract them in our own yards.
Wolpert has been a student of butterflies and moths for more than 20 years. What began as a hobby has bloomed into a full-blown passion, supported by the introduction of close-focusing binoculars, the advance of digital photography and the vast knowledge available on the internet.
She works constantly to improve butterfly habitats both at home and at Waterman Conservation Education Center in Apalachin, N.Y., where she frequently leads walks.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she also uses butterflies and moths in child and family therapy, as well in her work teaching social skills to challenged children in schools and other community settings. Her innovative program has gained national attention.
Colleen will bring handouts for walk participants, and you’re encouraged to bring binoculars for a closer look at your discoveries, as well as a camera.
Walk participants will meet at the preserve parking lot one mile north of Thompson on Route 171, opposite Stack Road. The walk will last about two hours. It is free and no reservations are necessary.
Page 2 of 2 - Please note that trails are uneven and may be wet after all the recent rain, so come prepared. For further information, contact Trebbe Johnson at 570-727-4272.