At the start of our morning butterfly monitoring expedition on June 27 we encountered a Great Blue Heron (Ardea hernias) entangled in fishing line. Volunteers Christopher Fox and Mike Pogue were able to cut the hook and line, and release the bird at the edge of the marsh.
In the afternoon our group participated in the 42nd Annual North American Butterfly Association 4th of July Butterfly Count. NABA, consisting of people in Canada, United States and Mexico interested in butterflies, conducts long-term monitoring of butterfly populations.
Using electric vehicles we headed out into the Wildlife Management Area.
During both the morning and afternoon expeditions, we observed an alligator on the trail. We kept our distance.