THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY FOR SPRING CREEK FOREST
“Friends of the Forest”
General Meeting Minutes
April 5, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Barbara Baynham with the following in attendance: Marvin Rogers, Wanda and J. Rubrecht, Reba Collins, Fay Danahy, Nancy and Steve Johnson, Dana Wilson, Mike Kahle, Bert Pigg, Jennifer Kolmes, Stalin Sm, and Ginny Wilcox.
Barbara reminded everyone that this is the last general meeting until September 6th since we take the summer off. She reported that they saw 18 species on the bird walk led by Reba. The work session will be at 1770 Holford Rd. with rerouting the trail on the agenda. The trash off will be held on April 16th; there are no plans for specific areas. There will be another work day on May 7th at 1787 Holford Rd. which will be followed by a picnic, as this is the last work day until September. The Master Naturalist Class Project is nearly complete; they have established 12 stations with each one having a QR code, allowing users of an i-phone to hear about that area.
Jennifer introduced Lisa Dolliver from TRAC, (Trinity River Audubon Center). Her program was entitled “The Moths of Dogwood Canyon” in Cedar Hill. Lisa graduated from SMU with a degree in Theater.
Lisa said she spent a lot of time in Cedar Hill near the Center and took most of the pictures she had around the building, especially early in the morning. Children can easily identify with butterflies having been instructed about metamorphous, but seldom know the difference between butterflies and moths. A wonderful field guide is “Insects of North America” by Kaufmann.
While butterflies have a complete metamorphous moths have an incomplete metamorphous going directly from larva to adult. Moths fly at night and butterflies fly in the daytime.
Larva stages of insects can identify the adult insect, a larva with a head and short legs will be a butterfly; larva with a head and a hard shell will be a beetle. If you get a picture of a pretty moth you can go to Bugguide.net for help from the experts to identify your moth. Make sure that the picture is clear and the moth completely fills the screen. She sighted 271 moths while working at Dogwood Canyon. A good habitat to seek while looking for moths is the edge of a forested area, and any dark surface early in the morning, as they seek the warmth.
- Which is more primitive, the butterfly or the moth?
- In the U.S. there are 700 species of butterflies and well over 10,000 species of moths.
- Are there any moths going extinct?
- Yes; many moths don’t even have mouth parts.
Lisa received a round of applause.
With no further business the meeting was adjourned.