Monday, January 1
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$24 members, $32 nonmembers
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|L to R: David La Puma, Björn Malmhagen, Andy Clements, Nick Whitehouse (back), Deb Lee, & Michael Lanzone (front)|
|Atteva aurea (Ailanthus webworm moth)|
The presence of aurea in the eastern United States and Canada and its association with Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) (Simaroubaceae) is an interesting subject to be investigated. This plant is an ornamental introduced from Asia and now considered one of the most serious weeds in the United States. It was first planted near the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1784 (W. Thomas, pers. comm.) and from there it spread over the entire country. Once it reached southern Texas, where presumably aurea was already present, the moth started to move north. By 1856 it had reached Georgia, as indicated by the material described by Fitch (1856: 486). Riley (1869: 151) found it common in Missouri, feeding on ailanthus. These records indicate that this showy and common moth was absent in the region before the introduction of ailanthus, and the approximately 70-year gap between the introduction of the host, to the first record of the moth by Fitch, is the time it took the plant to move south and the moth to move north.
Apart from the hosp-plant records mentioned above, the larvae have been reared on the following Simaroubaceae: Castela peninsularis, C. polyandra and C. emory in the United States (Powell et al. 1973: 177), Simarouba amara in Costa Rica (Janzen, pers. com.) and S. glauca in México (by the present author).
June 14, 21, 28
Join us for anther fun afternoon and learn the basics of birdwatching from an enthusiastic expert. You’ll discover how to get the most out of your field guide and optics, and learn where to go to find birds and how to identify them using all the hints and clues birds are offering you. It’s a class for absolute beginners, backyard birders who want to expand their horizon, and birders whose skills have grown a bit rusty. Meet at the Northwood Center in Cape May Point. Numbers limited so please call 609.400.3864 in advance to reserve a place, then pay on the day.
Family-friendly (recommended for age 12 and up).
|Fees:||$15 members, $25 nonmembers (includes a $10 certificate towards membership)|
|Red-breasted Merganser - © Sam Galick|
|The CMBO Century Run Team - © Clay Taylor|
|Early Morning at Cox Hall Creek - © Todd Klein|
|Laughing Gulls at Reeds Beach - © Todd Klein|
|Seawatching at Norbury's Landing - © Todd Klein|
|Jake's Landing - © Todd Klein|
|Seaside Sparrow - © Clay Taylor|
|Listening for Songbirds in Belleplain - © Todd Klein|
|Scarlet Tanager - © Clay Taylor|
|Summer Tanager - © Clay Taylor|
|Higbee Beach WMA - © Todd Klein|
|Prairie Warbler - © Clay Taylor|
|Among other teams at the Meadows - © Todd Klein|
|Stilt Sandpiper - © Clay Taylor|
|Singing Prothonotary Warbler - © Clay Taylor|
|Scanning Nummy Island - © Todd Klein|
|Dunlin - © Todd Klein|
|Stone Harbor - © Todd Klein|
|Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - © Todd Klein|
|Listening for a Waterthrush - © Todd Klein|
|Nearing the End: Jake's Landing - © Todd Klein|