From the Southborough Open Land Foundation:
The butterflies of summer are beginning to brighten our days! To glimpse these “dancing flowers,” join husband and wife team, Barbara Volkle and Stephen Moore, President of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, as we look for butterflies at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve on Sunday, July 15th from 11a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You may spot Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Viceroys, Monarch, Long-Dash Skipper or Appalachian Brown butterflies.
Stephen Moore, president of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, has spent more than three decades on explorations with his wife Barbara to track not only all the butterflies but also bird species in North America. These naturalists have traveled as far as the Arctic to catch sight of rare species and add them to their life lists. It wasn’t until 2001, however, when they joined the Mass. Butterfly Club, that they turned their focus on the 720 species of butterflies in North America. To date, Moore has spotted 500 different butterflies. He, Volkle and other members of the MBC are happy to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about butterflies. Through their walks and talks, they hope to promote the preservation of meadows and butterfly gardens, habitats that provide butterflies with the plants they need for home and food. For more information about the Massachusetts Butterfly Club, visit www.massbutterflies.org.
Parking is available at the triangle area of Main St. (Rte 30) and Northborough Rd. At 11:00 a.m. we will walk together to the Beals Preserve from there, looking for butterflies as we go. If you prefer, meet us at the Beals Preserve Kiosk at 11:15 a.m. The walk is free, open to all and will be canceled in the event of rain. Check www.solf.org for information about the walk and the Southborough Open Land Foundation.