Join the Friends of Madera Canyon for a sunset picnic and evening of UV blacklighting for bugs, an opportunity to see some of the canyon's spectacular nocturnal moths, beetles and other arthropods that emerge during the summer monsoon. The picnic is from 6:45- 7:30 with blacklighting and arthropod watching afterwards led by FOMC naturalist Doug Moore. A blacklight will be set up at the White House trailhead for observation. We will also walk about the parking area with regular and UV flashlights to see what is out. Bats and owls are sometimes attracted to feed on gathering insects.
Please bring a picnic supper and beverages, one or more working flashlights per person and an extra long-sleeve clothing layer in case it is cool out. Optional equipment: table lantern, extra batteries, camera, insect repellent and rain gear.
Monsoon weather is unpredictable. Local conditions change rapidly. The event may be cancelled up to the last minute due to inclement weather. Monitor local weather conditions and do not drive to the canyon if storms are forecast.
Reservations are not required for this event but Doug would appreciate having an indication of numbers. If you plan to attend please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join FOMC naturalist Doug Moore for an early monsoon nature walk around the Proctor Nature Loop Trail. We'll look for monsoon-emerging butterflies, beetles, birds like Varied Bunting & Blue Grosbeak, reptiles and other canyon wildlife. With luck, we may even see some early flowers! Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, binoculars, sun hat, sunscreen, trail snack and insect repellent. Cameras and walking sticks are optional.
Please note numbers are limited and advance sign-up is required. To avoid disappointment please contact Doug at email@example.com as soon as you decide to participate.