DATE: Saturday June 8th 2019
Rain date: Sunday June 9th 2019
McDonald’s Preserve in Wilbraham. The large parking lot is located behind Crazy’s Jake’s Restaurant on Boston Road. The closest GPS address for the parking lot is 60 Washington Road. There are no restrooms at the parking lot.
There is an all-ages free hike looking for the Hessel’s Hairstreak Butterfly. This is a joint project for NHESP and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club looking for a rare species of butterfly last spotted in the swamp in 1980. Other butterflies might be seen, weather pending. Beautiful forest! You do not need to be in any club to join in the search. Wet trail in areas with walkways, can be very buggy. Mostly shade and approx. 1 mile flat hike through a hardwood forest that borders the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. Bring/wear sunscreen and bug spray. Please no dogs or nets. Informational flyers will be handed out at hike.