August is a great month to observe butterflies and moths on our properties. This gorgeous Eastern tiger swallowtail was seen in our “butterfly walk” at Dunlap Woods. Here, native host plants are encouraged to grow to provide food for larva and adult butterflies.

The Darien Land Trust open meadows are also good places to observe butterflies and birds. The wildflowers that have been planted in the meadows are an abundant source of nectar for migrating Monarch butterflies in late September through October.

Birds using the Atlantic Fly-Way also use our meadows to rest and refuel on their return journeys to Central America, starting in August.