Today Bonnie and I did her other NABA 4th of July Butterfly count at Whitefish Point. There were no interesting bird or wildlife sightings today. But with all the holiday weekend traffic, even up on the Vermilion Rd, Shelldrake Flooding Rd and Maple Block Rd, (which we usually have to ourselves) I imagine the wildlife was tucked back in the woods. Especially now that ORV and ATV type vehicles dominant the back roads of Chippewa, Luce, and Alger Counties.
With nice weather, light winds and temperatures up in the mid 70's most the day we had another good count. We had more total species than usual, probably due to the warm weather. Actually we had as many species at Whitefish Pt as that of at Seney yesterday and typically we only get about half as many species.
Highlight would have been the Bog and Purplish Coppers out in the Betsy Natural Area off Maple Block Road. Atlantis Fritillaries were just hatching and real fresh but we actually saw a pair mating.
Wildflower highlight were the many Rose Pogonia and Grass Pink orchids growing in the bogs and sedge meadows out at Vermilion Station.