FIELD TRIPS AND BUTTERFLY COUNTS

NABA Middle Tennessee Field Trips & Butterfly Counts for 2012


All field trips and butterfly counts are open to the public and children accompanied by parents are welcome. No nets or collecting, please.

Saturday, April 7, 2012
Clifton Bend Spring Butterfly Count. Meet at Carroll Cabin Barrens SNA at 9:30 A.M. CST. For more information contact Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, June 2, 2012
Decatur County Butterfly Count. Meet at Fred’s Parking lot in Parsons at 9:30 A.M. CST. For more information contact Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Fifth Annual Land Between the Lakes Butterfly Count. 9:00 – 4:00 CST. Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. This is a great way to explore 180,000 acres for butterflies. We will mostly travel “The Trace” and some off roads going towards (and ending the count at) the South Welcome Station at 4:00. Meet at The Home Place at 9:00. $3/person participation fee. Bring a lunch (maybe breakfast,too!) and lots of liquids. There are restrooms, but no eateries. Contact Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com).

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Reelfoot Lake Butterfly Count. Meet at the Visitor’s Center at 9:30 CST. Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Nashville South Butterfly Count sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Come with us and count butterflies in a 7.5-mile radius in some of the best nature spots in Nashville! If you have one, bring a binocular, field guide, sturdy shoes, water and a hat if needed. $3/person participation fee. Please note the additional gate fee at Cheekwood if you are not a current NABA member. There will be groups heading out to count butterflies from these areas:
  • Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary. 10:00 – 4:00 CST. Meet at the visitor’s center at Owl’s Hill. Bring lunch and water. Contact: Nancy Garden owlshill@bellsouth.net.
  • Warner Parks Nature Center. Contact: TBA.
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. 10:00 – 12:00 CST. Meet at Botanic Hall. If you are a current NABA member, the Cheekwood gate fee is waived. If you are not a NABA member, the gate fee is $12. Contact: Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com).
  • Radnor Lake State Natural Area. 9:00 – 12:00. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor’s Center at 9:00. Contact: Richard Connors (Rconnorsphoto@aol.com).

Saturday, July 7, 2012
Meeman-Shelby Forest Butterfly Count. Meet at Visitor’s Center at 9:30 CST. Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, July 21, 2012
Jackson, TN Butterfly Count. Meet at UT Agricultural Experiment Station at 9:30 CST. Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, July 28, 2012
Lower Hatchie – Meet at Woodard’s Store in Three Point at 9:30 CST.
Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Meeting – TBA

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Clifton Bend Fall Butterfly Count. Meet at Carroll Cabin Barrens SNA at 9:30 CST. Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

Saturday, September 22, 2012
Meeman-Shelby Forest Fall Butterfly Count. Meet at Visitors Center at 9:30 CST. Contact: Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com).

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NABA Middle Tennessee Field Trips for 2011


All field trips are open to the public and children accompanied by parents are welcome. No nets or collecting, please.

Saturday, May 14
Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness WMA, White County, TN
Meet at the McDonald’s in Sparta, 10:00 A.M. Central Standard Time
This is a joint field trip with the Tennessee Native Plant Society and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the NABA. We will look for Baltimore Checkerspots which have been found here before. After lunch, we will explore woodland trails for late spring wildflowers. Directions: Take I-40 to Exit 288. South on TN 111/US 70S and proceed to Sparta. McDondald’s is on the right just before you get to the intersection of TN 111/US and US 70/TN 26. Easy to moderate hike. Facilities at meeting place. Bring lunch to eat in the field. For more information contact Bart Jones (bjones7777@hotmail.com) or Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com).

Monday, May 16, 2011
Spring Count, Nashville Count Circle. See count areas below for Fourth of July Count. Contact: Nancy Garden owlshill@bellsouth.net.

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Fourth Annual Land Between the Lakes Butterfly Count. *9:00 – 4:00. Sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. This is a great way to explore 180,000 acres for butterflies. We will mostly travel “The Trace” and some off roads going towards (and ending the count at) the South Welcome Station at 4:00. No guarantees, but last year we saw a Funereal Duskywing and many Coral Hairstreaks on this count. Meet at The Home Place at 9:00. $3/person participation fee. Bring a lunch (maybe breakfast,too!) and lots of liquids. There are restrooms, but no eateries. Contact Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com)

If you would like to carpool from the Nashville area, meet at the Farmer’s Market in Nashville, Rosa Parks side parking lot at 6:30 A.M. Contact: Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com). I know this is early, but it’s only for a day. (We can sleep when we’re old.)

*Note: Because of the heat, we are meeting earlier. Please note change in time.


Saturday, July 2, 2011
Nissan North America Headquarters, Carothers Dr., Franklin, TN (Cool Springs). 10:00 – 12:00. We will explore the 2.5-acre wetland area where several studies are being conducted by Belmont University students and faculty. We should see a variety of summer butterflies and some dragonflies as well. Contact: Richard Connors (Rconnorsphoto@aol.com), Steve Murphree (steve.murphree@belmont.edu) or Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com).

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Nashville Butterfly Count sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. Come with us and count butterflies in a 7.5-mile radius in some of the best nature spots in Nashville! If you have one, bring a binocular, field guide, sturdy shoes, water and a hat if needed. $3/person participation fee. Please note the additional gate fee at Cheekwood if you are not a current NABA member. There will be groups heading out to count butterflies from these areas:
  • Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary. 10:00 – 4:00. Meet at the visitor’s center at Owl’s Hill. Bring lunch and water. Contact: Nancy Garden owlshill@bellsouth.net
  • Warner Parks Nature Center. Contact Irene Perry (irene.perry@yahoo.com)
  • Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. 10:00 – 12:00. Meet at Botanic Hall. If you are a current NABA member, the Cheekwood gate fee is waived. If you are not a NABA member, the gate fee is $12. Contact: Rita Venable (rita@godtheartist.com)
  • Radnor Lake State Natural Area. 9:00 – 12:00. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor’s Center at 9:00. Contact: Richard Connors (Rconnorsphoto@aol.com).

Monday, September 12, 2011
Fall Count, Nashville Count Circle. Contact: Nancy Garden owlshill@bellsouth.net

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Family-friendly butterfly walk at Shelby Bottoms. Bring the kiddos and the grands. Meet at the Shelby Nature Center at 10:00. We will look for butterflies from 10:00 – 12:00.
Contact: Carter and Kelly Harkins kellyannharkins@gmail.com

Saturday, September 17, 2011
Time: 10:00 – 12:00
CANCELLED, due to staff changes at Warner Park. We apologize if this has inconvenienced anyone. Warner Park – Burch Reserve. No trails. Restrooms at the WPNC. Open meadows and hills. Registration required.
Contact: Irene Perry (irene.perry@yahoo.com) or Kim Bailey (kimbailey@hotmail.com) (

Fall Meeting – TBA