Volunteers Needed for Lange's Metalmark Butterfly Surveys!

Lange's Metalmark Butterfly on Buckwheat

It is time once again for the Lange's Metalmark Butterfly counts at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. We will be counting butterflies for several weeks in August and September and we can sure use your help. We will be surveying one day per week in August and September. We’ll meet for training on site at 9:15 a.m., then survey until 4 p.m. at the latest, the times in which our butterflies are the most active.  

The dates for the butterfly counts will all be on Thursdays. The weekly count dates will be:
August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
September 7, 14 and if they are still active, on 21  

We will be conducting counts until ZERO butterflies are seen, whenever that may be in September. You'll be briefed on what to do and what to look for on each day of the count, so first-timers are welcome as well as veteran counters!

Requirements
You must be at least 18 years old.

What to Expect
As you might guess, Antioch in summer is challenging. Temperatures can be very warm to hot, often with a nice breeze, and the terrain can be uneven and sometimes steep. There are many plants to step over, under and around, as well as stickery plant parts that will want to go home with you. However, if you are of the hardy variety, the payoff is fabulous and worth it! Lange's metalmark butterflies are found nowhere else in the world, except at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge!! Don't miss this opportunity to see this gorgeous endangered species!!!

What to Wear and Bring
Volunteers will need to wear sturdy shoes/boots, long pants like jeans (star thistle smarts!), and bring/wear sun-protection, sunglasses, hat, lunch and WATER BOTTLE!!!  We can provide short gaitors to help keep weeds out of your shoes, but if you have your own long pair, you might want to bring them. They really help keep the weeds out of shoes, socks and laces.

Contact
Susan Euing
susan_euing@fws.gov

Only 10 people are needed per survey. Please feel free to pass this info on to any adults (18+) that you think might be interested. 



Driving Directions:
Surveys will be held at the Sardis Unit of Antioch Dunes NWR in Contra Costa County. Sardis Unit is located at 1551 Wilbur Ave. in Antioch, 94509

From 680 heading north (near Walnut Creek/Concord), take Hwy. 242 E, which will lead you onto Hwy 4 E towards Pittsburg/Antioch. Continue until you reach Antioch.

From 680 heading south (from Benicia/Martinez), take Hwy 4 E towards Pittsburg/Antioch. Continue until you reach Antioch.

At Antioch, take A Street/Lone Tree Way exit and go L under freeway. Proceed about 1 mile on A Street and then go R onto Wilbur Avenue. Proceed on Wilbur about 1 mile, cross over a concrete bridge and look for two large PG&E towers on L. The entrance gate will be on the L between the two towers. See large brown refuge sign next to gate. Park at bottom of driveway.