Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 10:00 am, Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 10:00 am, Oaky Woods Weekend: Prairies and Butterflies, Houston County

Posted under: Middle Georgia; Workshops .

Field Trip Leader:  Tom Patrick

Description: We will explore several blackland prairies for unusual plants and conduct a butterfly count.  Each day will offer new prairies to explore.  Butterfly experts will be on hand.  Depending on summer heat, we will also explore limestone bluffs and cooler places.

Location & Directions:  From Macon, take Exit 160A, Interstate 75, then south on GA Hwy. 247, pass Robins Air Force Base, continue to Bonaire, jct. with GA Hwy. 96, ca. 5 miles south of Warner Robins.

Meet:   Flash Foods/Taco Bell in Bonaire, corner of GA Hwy. 247 and 96.

Bathroom Facilities:   At the meeting site only. Participants (Saturday ONLY) invited to nearby Yoder’s Mennonite restaurant for dining afterwards

Walking Difficulty:  Easy to moderate, lasting all day, some bushwhacking, covering up to 3 miles, mostly in grassy habitat and along jeep trails.

Bring:  Snacks, water, lunch, butterfly binoculars, notebook, hat, sunscreen.  Wear long pants, hiking shoes for ankle support and double socks to avoid ticks and chiggers.

Contact: Tom Patrick, (706)476-4541 (cell)   tom.patrick@dnr.state.ga.us