2017-07-05 / School News

NCTC butterfly count July 22

The First Annual Butterfly Count at Shepherdstown's National Conservation Training Center will be held on Saturday, July 22.

The count will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is being sponsored by the Monarch Alliance, which is a program of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

The count will be free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of his or her expertise. This will be a perfect family activity, and children, accompanied by adults, are encouraged to attend.

Participation is limited to 20 people and pre-registration no later than July 17 is required. Easy registration is available on the PVAS website.

Participants should plan to meet count leaders Sandy Sagalkin and Tracy McCleaf on the front steps of the Center's Entry building.

As butterflies do not fly in the rain and heavy overcast can keep them down, participants should check the PVAS website for postponements if bad weather is forecast. If the count is postponed, a notice will be placed on the website by 9 p.m. on the day before the count.

Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and take along water, a broadbrimmed hat, and insect repellent. PVAS has a limited supply of loaner binoculars for those who do not have their own.

For more information, contact Sagalkin at 240-291- 6465.

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