A nature walk featuring dragonflies and butterflies will be held at the Fred J. Archibald Audubon Sanctuary, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Central Maryland. Meet at the sanctuary entrance at 9 a.m. The sanctuary entrance is on the east side of Boyer's Mill Road, just one mile north of Rte. 144 in New Market.
People of all ages are welcome. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, and bring a hat and sunscreen. There are no restroom facilities at the sanctuary, and the walk will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
August is a great time to view summer wildflowers and the butterflies that nectar on them. Many late brood swallowtails, skippers, and monarchs are beginning to fly so we should have a good opportunity to see (and perhaps photograph) a sampling of our butterfly fauna.
Fall migration will also be getting underway for some of our songbirds. Early migrant species could include vireos, warblers, orioles, and tanagers. And there will still be some of our summer resident birds finishing up their breeding activities (field sparrows, cardinals, catbirds, chipping sparrows) or just starting them (goldfinches).
So come on out to the Fred Archibald Sanctuary for a couple of hours on August 15th and see how the wildlife are beating the August heat.
For more information, contact Crystal Kunst at 443-536-3071.