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Understood. I just feel an exact count would be applicable to the more rarer species which makes sense, but for something like Appalachian Browns or Great Spangled Fritillary (common and widespread in suitable habitat) a close estimate usually suffices.

Matt



From: Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: Go West Young Man – Pownal, VT, Erving MA and Mt. Wachusett (Princeton MA) 7/8/16

Of course it is redundant. We database checklists so we can track locations and phenology over time. Redundant is what we want. So we can compare at a future time. Exact counting is NOT a NABA thing. Counting is a standard for any checklisting protocol - from modern eBird to Pollard walks and many many more. If you don't want share it, that is fine. 
Kent

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Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x2

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 9:16 PM, Matthew Arey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I honestly think that information is redundant. The habitat was sedge swamp......typically the wetter type which Dion Skipper seems to prefer whereas in the drier swamps / bogs they are typically absent but still have the other wetland summer skippers (Euphyes, Poanes).

When I make reference to 5+ for example, it might have been six, or seven, or eight. Just gives one a general idea or the population. More than five, but less than ten for example. This exact 'counting' is a NABA thing that I never really follow.

Matt



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Sent: Monday, July 11, 2016 9:11 AM
Subject: Re: Go West Young Man – Pownal, VT, Erving MA and Mt. Wachusett (Princeton MA) 7/8/16

Matt,
I would love to add these to the VT database. If you are willing, can you give me:
- start and end time for each place
- exact location
- area searched or length of walk
- estimate of numbers when you say +

Thanks,
Kent

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Kent McFarland
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 | Norwich, Vermont 05055
802.649.1431 x2

On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 6:43 PM, Matthew Arey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Go West Young Man – Pownal, VT, Erving MA and Mt. Wachusett (Princeton MA) 7/8/16
 
The weather anyplace east of let’s say I-91 was overcast, chilly and damp today. Maine or N.H. were also out of the question, so I decided to head westward to explore a few spots.
 
Weather conditions were variable. In Pownal, VT it was mostly sunny, warm and near 85 deg.F
Erving, MA a few more clouds but still warm. Mt. Wachusett, partly cloudy and a little cooler (around 75 deg.F).
 
Indian Massacre Rd. – Pownal, Bennington Co. VT (sedge swamps)
 
Spicebush Swallowtail (Pterourus troilus) 1 female, worn
 
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) 1
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) 5+
Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) 1
American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiana) 2
Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes appalachia) 15+, common
Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon) 1
 
Dion Skipper (Euphyes dion) 7 or 8, fresh
Black Dash (Euphyes conspicua) 5+, fresh
Mulberry Wing (Poanes massasoit) 10+, fresh
Northern Broken Dash (Wallengrenia egeremet) 5+
Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus) 3 or 4
 
Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta) 2 or 3
Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus) 1
 
Roadside shrubby sedge swamp – Rt.2, Erving, Franklin Co. MA
 
Interesting……
 
Appalachian Brown (Satyrodes applachia) 2 or 3
 
Black Dash (Eupyes conspicua) 12 to 15, very fresh
*Two Spotted Skipper (Euphyes bimacula) 1 male, somewhat worn
Mulberry Wing (Poanes massasoit) 2 or 3
Delaware Skipper (Atrytone logan) 2, fresh
 
Mt. Wachusett S.P. – Princeton, Worcester Co. MA
 
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) 2
 
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) 35+, abundant
Aphrodite Fritillary (Speyeria aphrodite) 50+, super abundant. Never before had I seen this many Aprodite Frits at one place in one day. Dozens upon dozens coursing up and down the moist weedy / grassy ski slopes.
 
Banded Purple (Limenitis arthemis arthemis) 1 male, worn
Silver Bordered Fritillary (Clossiana selene) 10+
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) a few
Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala ssp.) 3, very fresh
Little Wood Satyr II (Megisto cymela) 10+
 
Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica) 3 fresh
 
Dun Skipper (Eupyes vestris) 5+
Northern Broken Dash (Wallegrenia egeremet) 10+
Peck’s Skipper (Polites peckius) 1 or 2
 
Sulphurs & Whites – about a dozen or so around.
 
Enjoy the rain this weekend (we do need it) – M. Arey