Classroom side of Visitor Center

Classroom side of Visitor Center

Gift shop side of Visitor Center

Gift shop side of Visitor Center

New Visitor Center,  December 8, 2016

New Visitor Center,  December 8, 2016

April 30, 2016 - Indian Plantain

April 30, 2016 - Indian Plantain

April 30, 2016 - Wild Bergamot

April 30, 2016 - Wild Bergamot

April 30, 2016 - Last year's Wingstem planting in the woodland clearing is coming up great!  As is other native biennial and perennial species we planted.  Spring 2016 is off to a great start!  

April 30, 2016 - Last year's Wingstem planting in the woodland clearing is coming up great!  As is other native biennial and perennial species we planted.  Spring 2016 is off to a great start!

 

August 11, 2015.  "Connection Made!"  In the early 1990's, when we lived on what would become the Butterfly Ridge site, we made a walking path through the woods, across our lower field, and into the woods along the creek.  While we kept the lower field bush-hogged once per year, we tried to mow this walking path through the field more regularly.  At some point in the early 2000's, after we had moved back to Arizona, my dad stopped bush-hogging the field.  Apparently our years of mowing the path had made a semi-permanent impact however, as the path has remained relatively intact despite a forest (the former field) growing up around it.  A couple weeks ago we started cutting an access road for our truck through this forest.  And today, after about 100 yards of hard work, we made it to that 20 year old path!  And while there is still A LOT of work that needs done to clear this field, completion of this access road was a powerful emotional victory.  My daughter April took this photo.  She is standing on the old path looking back at our truck (and yet another load of firewood!) which is parked on the access road.

August 11, 2015.  "Connection Made!"  In the early 1990's, when we lived on what would become the Butterfly Ridge site, we made a walking path through the woods, across our lower field, and into the woods along the creek.  While we kept the lower field bush-hogged once per year, we tried to mow this walking path through the field more regularly.  At some point in the early 2000's, after we had moved back to Arizona, my dad stopped bush-hogging the field.  Apparently our years of mowing the path had made a semi-permanent impact however, as the path has remained relatively intact despite a forest (the former field) growing up around it.  A couple weeks ago we started cutting an access road for our truck through this forest.  And today, after about 100 yards of hard work, we made it to that 20 year old path!  And while there is still A LOT of work that needs done to clear this field, completion of this access road was a powerful emotional victory.  My daughter April took this photo.  She is standing on the old path looking back at our truck (and yet another load of firewood!) which is parked on the access road.

August 2, 2015 - The next big phase of the habitat creation has begun; the clearing of the lower field thicket.  This past week my son and I cleared an access road that runs about half the length of the thicket.  In the coming week or two we will clear a road the entire length of the thicket.  At that point, we will divide the thicket into sections of roughly 500 square feet and start removing brush and firewood.  The plan is to maintain some islands of specific tree species within the thicket.  These tree species will serve as host plants for desired butterflies.  We hope to have an island of pine (for Pine Elfin), tulip tree (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail), sassafras (Spicebush Swallowtail), dogwood (Spring Azure), sumac (Red-banded Hairstreak), pawpaw (Zebra Swallowtail), and hoptree (Giant Swallowtail.

August 2, 2015 - The next big phase of the habitat creation has begun; the clearing of the lower field thicket.  This past week my son and I cleared an access road that runs about half the length of the thicket.  In the coming week or two we will clear a road the entire length of the thicket.  At that point, we will divide the thicket into sections of roughly 500 square feet and start removing brush and firewood.  The plan is to maintain some islands of specific tree species within the thicket.  These tree species will serve as host plants for desired butterflies.  We hope to have an island of pine (for Pine Elfin), tulip tree (Eastern Tiger Swallowtail), sassafras (Spicebush Swallowtail), dogwood (Spring Azure), sumac (Red-banded Hairstreak), pawpaw (Zebra Swallowtail), and hoptree (Giant Swallowtail.

April 30, 2016 - Field Thistle

April 30, 2016 - Field Thistle

May 16, 2015 - So far our work at The Ridge has largely focused on removing unwanted plants.  For the first time this week we added desirable plants.  Here my son plants Swamp Milkweed in the wet area near OH 374.  We planted a dozen total.  Hoping to add some willow here as well to attract more Eastern Commas and Red-spotted Purples.

May 16, 2015 - So far our work at The Ridge has largely focused on removing unwanted plants.  For the first time this week we added desirable plants.  Here my son plants Swamp Milkweed in the wet area near OH 374.  We planted a dozen total.  Hoping to add some willow here as well to attract more Eastern Commas and Red-spotted Purples.

The next big project at Butterfly Ridge; clearing this thicket!  This thicket used to be a field complete with milkweed and mound ants.  This is what can happen if it isn't mowed for ten years.  The size of the thicket is about half of  football field.  This spring I am going to schedule some work parties to begin turning it back into a field!  Watch the events section of the webpage for party dates.

The next big project at Butterfly Ridge; clearing this thicket!  This thicket used to be a field complete with milkweed and mound ants.  This is what can happen if it isn't mowed for ten years.  The size of the thicket is about half of  football field.  This spring I am going to schedule some work parties to begin turning it back into a field!  Watch the events section of the webpage for party dates.

November, 2014 - The pink flags mark the Woodland Trail, which will connect the Upper and Lower Meadows.  In Spring, 2015 this trail will be widened for butterflies (and people!) to use as a travel corridor.

September, 2015 - Wanted to show this photo from this year.  Plants are blooming!  A lot of what you see has moved in on its own, although we have planted a lot.  All of the pink and orange flags mark plants we have either planted or are naturally occurring that I want to gather seed from.  September 13 I planted over 20 one-gallon plants in this clearing and on September 20 planted 42 peat pots and 4 more one-gallons.  We are getting there . . . one pot at a time!

September, 2015 - Wanted to show this photo from this year.  Plants are blooming!  A lot of what you see has moved in on its own, although we have planted a lot.  All of the pink and orange flags mark plants we have either planted or are naturally occurring that I want to gather seed from.  September 13 I planted over 20 one-gallon plants in this clearing and on September 20 planted 42 peat pots and 4 more one-gallons.  We are getting there . . . one pot at a time!

November, 2014 - Upper Meadow taking shape decorated with beautiful fall color!

June 21, 2014 - Early stages of creating the Upper Meadow.

 

May 19, 2014 - What will become the Upper Meadow!