Monarch Butterfly Count at Antietam National Battlefield

  • Saturday, September 26, 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Otto Farm, Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD
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What: Monarch Butterfly Count

Where: Otto Farm, Final Attack Trail, Antietam National Battlefield

When: Saturday, September 26

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 Noon

Cost: Free

PVAS Trip Leaders: Dave Kaplan and Sandy Sagalkin

Join Mr. Sagalkin and Mr. Kaplan, local butterfly expert, at Otto Farm for a Monarch Butterfly Count.

Washington County Bird Club is cosponsoring this event.

Sandy and Dave will take advantage of Otto Farm's substantial stands of common milkweed as they look for and count Monarch Butterflies.

The count will be free and open to anyone with an interest, regardless of his or her expertise. This will be a perfect family activity, and children, accompanied by adults, are encouraged to attend.

Participation is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required. . 

Participants should plan to meet at the Burnside Bridge at 10:00 a.m. The walk will last about 2 1/2 to 3 hours, and cover mostly level terrain. 

The Final Attack Trail is in the portion of the Antietam Battlefield where the Union Army made its final advance to drive the Confederate Army from Maryland on September 17, 1862, only to be turned back by A.P. Hill’s final Confederate counterattack.

It is also the site of an extensive effort by the Antietam National Battlefield to restore and preserve native grasslands on the Otto Farm fields in the Battlefield's southwest corner.  The park has recently been the recipient of a pollinator grant from the National Park Service, which will be used to add native wildflowers to the existing stands of native warm season grasses at the farm.

As butterflies do not fly in the rain and heavy overcast can keep them down, participants should check the PVAS website for postponements if bad weather is forecast.  If the walk is postponed, a notice will be placed on the website by 9:00 p.m. on the day before.

Participants should wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions, and bring along water, a broad-brimmed hat, and insect repellent. PVAS has a limited supply of loaner binoculars for those who do not have their own. 

For more information, contact Mr. Kaplan at or 301-331-5270  Mr. Sagalkin at or 240-291-6465.

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