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Page 2B Reporter June 13, 2018 & MONROE OUTDOORS by .Terry W. Johnson he North Ameri- can Butterfly Associations Annual Fourth of July Butterfly Count has become the most impor- tant event of the summer butter- fly season for a growing cadre of folks fascinated by some of our most beauti- ful and varied wildlife. This year the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge/Rum Creek WMA edition of the count celebrates its 25th anniversary. The 2018 count will be held Friday, June 22. Our local count is one of more than 300 counts held across North America each year during the months of June and July. For more than 40 years, the data collected on these counts has been used by biologists to monitor the size and distribution of more than 700 species of butterflies found across the continent. The data is also proving to be invaluable in assessing the impacts of changing weather patterns and land use. Each survey is conducted in the same amount of . .~7~,*~i!i!~ ~ ;~ii~i~ EII!I! ! i iii!ii TERRY W. JOHNSON space, a circle measuring 15 miles in diameter. Our local circle blankets the Rum Creek WMA and Piedmont NWR as well as much of eastern Monroe, western Jones and a smidgeon of Jasper Coun- ties. The count is actually carried out by volunteers charged with the responsibility of canvassing specific sections of the count cirde. The goal of the participants is to identify as many butterflies as possible. In most years, four teams are assigned to that portion of the count circle east of the Ocmulgee River. Depending on how many people participate, the Monroe County slice of the count circle is surveyed by one or two parties. Whenever possible the same people are assigned to the same survey areas. This is important, as over the years they have become familiar with all of the dif- ferent habitats located in the part of the count circle they are responsible for surveying. Since many but- terries only inhabit certain habitat types, this knowl- edge enables the counters to locate as many different species of butterflies as pos- sible. Last year, 18 counters divided into five teams counted 1,983 individual butter- flies representing 64 species. The list of the 10 species most often seen during the 2017 count were the pearl crescent (352), silvery checkerspot (221), common buckeye (209), fiery skipper (174), hoary edge (73), eastern tailed-blue (72), red-banded hairstreak (67), sleepy orange (61), Ameri- can lady (54) and Carolina satyr (54). As you might expect, the weather immediately prior to and during the count affects the final tally. Although the weather dur- ing the count was partly cloudy, during the week prior to the 2017 count cloudy skies and daffy showers dominated the weather. Results might have been better if sunny skies and less rain had prevailed during the week leading up to the count. Participants counted 73 hoary edgebutterflies count area last year. (Photo/Terry Johnson) The number of people taking part in a count has a significant impact on the number of butter- flies seen. While spotting almost 2,000 individuals and 64 species of butterflies sounds fantastic, the truth of the matter is 18 folks cannot adequately survey an area as large as a count circle. In hopes of solving this problem, for years efforts have been made to recruit new folks to the count. Such attempts have been marginally successful. One of the reasons recruitment like this one in the local is so difficult is that many people who harbor a desire to take part in a count do not feel they can identify enough butterflies to make a difference. In truth, many of the people that now regularly take part in the count felt the same way before they attended their first count. Now they can identify far more butterflies than ever before. The reason for this is the more experienced butterfliers of their count team were more than will- ing to share identification tips with them. Another deterrent is the weather. Counts are held on days when the humidity and temperature are high. -his makes being outside ' uncomfortable. Biting and stinging crit- ters all pose a challenge. It is impossible to wade into high grass and other vegetation without com- ing into contact with ticks and mosquitoes and other stinging and biting pests. If you can deal with all of these irritations, I hope you will take the plunge and join us this year. If you do, dress appropriately, bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and insect repellent, as well as a pair of binoculars (preferably a pair that is close focus). There is also a $3 partici- pation fee that helps offset the cost of publishing the annual count results. If you want to attend, let me know by Tuesday, June 19. Terry Johnson is retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column "Monroe Outdoors" for the Reporter for many years. Email him at qwood- duck@bdlsouth.net. i. at, ~7 r. 7 r v Y i ;i :! :1 (Above left) The Dodgers defeated the Rockies in the 8U baseball championship game on June 4. Dodgers team members include: head coach Jake Kime, Jake Beasley, Callen Campfield, Easton Causey, Kevin Fisher, Carter Ham, Joseph Holmes, Christian Hughey, Brayden Jones, Thomas Kime, Braylen Sikes, Chazten Stokes, Grayson Thomas and Greyson Treviff. Rockies ; team members include: head coach Lin Mitchell, Kareem Brown, Alden Hammond, Reed Hol- ", land, Brayson Jones, Jaxson Mercer, Samuel Mitchell, Lawson Newsome, Sam Nickel, Braylen,] Perry, James Pippin, Noah Reynolds, Clayton Stephens, Peyton Turner and Nyko Pitts. (At left) ~ The Rockies defeated the Astros in the ]OU baseball cham#onship game on June 4. Rockies f.~ team members include: head coach Justin Turner, Wesley Bowen, Bo Brown, Bennett Buchanan, ~:~ Luke Hutchens, Daniel Jungberg, Gabriel Lee, Gavin Mitchell, Mac Nelson, Barrett Turner, -j, Thomas Ussery and Evan Walker. Astros team members include: head coach Jeremy Cabe, ~ii Bradley Acosta, Gavin Cabe, Alden Debuc, Baylor Emami, Zack Gay, Josiah Knight, Elijah Merck, Trenton Short, Andrew Snow, Thomas Tatum, Joseph Thompson and Jordan Mullis. ){ (Above) The Orioles defeated the Braves in the 12U baseball championship game on June 4. ~ Orioles team members include: head coach T.J. Riley, Auden Berry, Nhy Boozer, Casyn Easton, !~ Zachary Grizzard, Colby Hubbard, Andon Riley, Bryce Shelton, Cameron Sparks, Aydon War- *, ren, Levi Wilcox and Braxton Mays. (Not pictured) 12U Braves team members include: head : coach Wes McAteer, Reagan Beall, Parker Collins, Austin Glenn, Wesley Hanson, Caleb Home, , Hudson Kight, Malski Knight, Hunt McAteer, Aryan Patel, Jacob Phillips and Dalton Dumas. ,; (Photos/Keith Edge) ,i t~ Continued from Front touchdown gave San Francisco a 28-27 lead, which the Niners would hold before going on to win the franchise's first Super Bowl two weeks later. Clark's catch, photographed by Walter Iooss Jr would be made even more famous on the cover of Sports Illustrated later that week and would be known forever as "The Catch." While the Cowboys would have to wait 11 more years to capture the Super Bowl, Montana's Niners would go on to claim three more crowns in the 1980s alone. And Clark, who had 8 receptions for 120 yards and 2 TDs that day, would spend the rest of his life as a sports legend And so looking back, I would have loved to have been there to see Watson chip in on No. 17 at Pebble, but only after I endured that 43-degree afternoon at The Stick with four-year-old Tom Brady. Times change and seasons change. The Niners are in Santa Clara now, Candlestick Park is no more, and an ugly disease has claimed the man who made the most memorable play in the sta- dium's vast history. But every time I turn on the TV and see that familiar 49ers' red jersey and gold pants, I'll think of Jan. 10, 1982, the day Dwight Clark took to the sky and made football history. R.I.P. Dwight Clark. Players interested in attending the Monroe County Recreation Department's annual British Soccer Camp can register at chaUengersports.com. This year's camp will be held from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 at the rec depart- ment at 100 Dan Pitts Drive in Forsyth. The camp will teach such essential soccer skills as speed/agility, juggling, foot skills, passing/control, dribbling and shooting. For MiniSoccer players, ages 3-5 years, the camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily with a cost of $92 per player. For the Half Day camp for players ages 6-18 years, the camp will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. daily with a cost of $145 per player. For the Full Day camp for players ages 8 to 18 years, the camp will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. daily with a cost of $205 per player. Also, the Goalkeeper/Goal Scorer camp ,( 2J z i for players ages 7-18 years will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 ' p.m. daily with a cost of $50 per I player. Goalkeeper/Goal Scorer "' camp participants must also sign. up for the Half Day camp. Bonus Golden Goal sessions are also available Half-Day Camps. '' See challengersports.com for '; more information. "' For more information, call " Daniel Growcott at 678-540- 1586 or e-mail him at dgrow- cott@challengersports.com.