Jeff Bernatowicz and Joan St. Hilaire surveyed a portion of this site July 3, 2008, but did not find any Mardon skippers. The weather was cool and windy. A re-survey of a different portion of the meadow by Jeff Bernatowicz on July 11 found one very probable Mardon. The I.D. was while the butterfly was nectaring on clover. The butterfly flew of and wasn’t caught for close ID or photo documentation. The weather was marginal for survey. The site is an old cut that is closing in rapidly with regeneration. There are still many smaller moist openings.
; it was reported in 2006 by Dr James. Since it was not described in the 2007 report, it will be included in this discussion. Jeff Bernatowicz counted 3 Mardon skippers here July 11, 2008. Joan St. Hilaire and Bernie counted 22 Mardons on the second visit July 17, 2008. This is an old timber sale that is grown in by young conifers. Soils are fairly sandy (volcanic ash) with sparse vegetation; fescue, sedges and rushes present. There are large areas of exposed soil with a few moist pockets in small depressions. Mardons were observed in an old landing and along the skid roads where fescue was seeded in. No recent sign of cattle use was observed.
Joan St. Hilaire and Jeff Bernatowicz discovered this site July 17, 2008. This site was an old timber sale unit that is grown in by conifers. The soil at this site is dry and sandy. The area has a lot of bare soil with sparse patches of fescue, sedges and shrubs. We
observed 6 Mardon skippers nectaring on strawberry (
). This was an
atypical site for Mardon skippers on the NRD.