Friday, May 30, 2008

Damselflies and Dragonflies of Berrien County, Michigan

The damselflies and dragonflies belong to the Order Odonata, a group of aquatic organisms within the Class Insecta. The primary source used in compiling a list of the damselflies and dragonflies Berrien County was Edward J. Kormondy’s (1958) Catalogue of the Odonata of Michigan (.pdf). This was supplemented by Mark O’Brien’s Odonata known from Michigan, which includes distribution maps prepared 2000-2005 based (in part) on records supplied by participants in the Michigan Odonata Survey since 1996.

These sources produced a combined list of 45 species of odonates (18 damselflies and 27 dragonflies) known from Berrien County, which represent 8 families and 24 genera. O'Brien lists 165 species and 49 genera known from the entire State of Michigan.

In the following list, species attributed to Berrien County by Kormondy are marked with an asterisk (*) while those attributed to the county by O’Brien are marked with a hat (^). Common group names for suborders and families are from the BugGuide, while common species names are from Odonata of Michigan. Habitat descriptions are from Kormondy.

SUBORDER ZYGOPTERA (damselflies) – 18 species
Family Calopterygidae (broad-winged damselflies):

  • Calopteryx aequabilis, river jewelwing^

  • Calopteryx maculata, ebony jewelwing*^ - Habitat: Small, shaded “streams with rocky and silty bottoms, usually fairly rapid.”

    Family Lestidae (spreadwings):

  • Lestes dryas, emerald spreadwing*^

  • Lestes forcipatus, sweetflag spreadwing*^ - “Habitat: Bog marshes; typha-lined ponds.”

  • Lestes rectangularis, slender spreadwing*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes; marsh zones of sand-silt-bottom lakes.”

  • Lestes unguiculatus, lyre-tipped spreadwing*^ - “Habitat: Marshy beach pools along Great Lakes; marshy zones of sand-silt-bottom ponds and lakes.”

    Family Coenagrionidae (narrow-winged damselflies):

  • Amphiagrion saucium, eastern red damsel*^ – “Habitat: Marsh ponds; beach ponds along Lake Michigan.”

  • Argia apicalis, blue-fronted dancer^

  • Argia fumipennis (=violacea), variable dancer*^ - “Habitat: Marshy zones of sand-bottom lakes and stream impoundments; transition cedar-spruce bog lakes; sluggish streams.”

  • Argia moesta, powdered dancer^ – “Habitat: Rocky bottom, rapid streams.”

  • Argia tibialis, blue-tipped dancer*^

  • Enallagma civile, familiar bluet^

  • Enallagma ebrium, marsh bluet^ – “Habitat: Bog lakes and ponds; marshy zones of sand-muck-bottom lakes.”

  • Enallagma geminatum, skipping bluet^ – “Habitat: Bog lakes; marshy zones of sand-muck-bottom lakes.”

  • Enallagma hageni, Hagen’s bluet*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes and ponds; sand- and sand-marl-bottom lakes; slow streams.”

  • Ischnura posita, fragile forktail^ – “Habitat: Bog lakes and ponds; marshy zones of sand or sand-marl-bottom lakes; sand-silt-bottom streams.”

  • Ischnura verticalis, eastern forktail*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes and ponds; sand-bottom lakes; streams.”

  • Nehalennia irene, sedge sprite*^ - “Habitat: Marshy zones of sand- or sand-much-bottom lakes; bog lakes.”
  • SUBORDER ANISOPTERA (dragonflies)
    Family Petaluridae (petaltails):

  • Tachopteryx thoreyi, gray petaltail*^

    Family Cordulegastridae (spiketails):

  • Cordulegaster bilineata, brown spiketail^

  • Cordulegaster diastatops, delta-spotted spiketail*^

  • Cordulegaster maculata, twin-spotted spiketail*^

  • Cordulegaster obliqua, arrowhead spiketail*^

    Family Aeshnidae (darners):

  • Aeshna interrupta, variable dancer*^

  • Anax junius, common green darner*^ - “Habitat: Virtually ubiquitous in a wide variety of aquatic habitats.”

  • Boyeria vinosa, fawn darner*^ - “Habitat: Rock bottom, moderately swift streams.”

  • Epiaeschna heros, swamp darner*^

    Family Gomphidae (clubtails):

  • Gomphus fraternus, midland clubtail* - “Habitat: Bog marshes; large sand-bottom lakes.”

  • Gomphus vastus, cobra clubtail*^

  • Hagenius brevistylus, dragonhunter*^ - “Habitat: Sand- or sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

    Family Corduliidae (emeralds):

  • Doracordulia libera, racket-tailed emerald*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes and creeks; sand-, sand-marl-, and sand-muck-bottom lakes.”

  • Epitheca (=Tetragoneuria) cynosura, common baskettail*^ - “Habitat: Sand-marl-bottom lakes; semi-bog lakes.”

    Family Libellulidae (common skimmers):

  • Celithemis elisa, calico pennant*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes, ponds, and marshes; sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Celithemis eponina, Halloween pennant*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes.”

  • Erythemis simplicicollis, eastern pondhawk^ – “Habitat: Boglike lakes and marshes; sand-much-bottom lakes.”

  • Leucorrhinia frigida, frosted whiteface*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes; sand- and sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Leucorrhinia intacta, dot-tailed whiteface*^ - “Habitat: Bog ponds and lakes; sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Libellula cyanea, spangled skipper*^ - “Habitat: Boglike lakes; sand-muck-bottom lakes.”

  • Libellula luctuosa, widow skimmer*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes, ponds, and marshes.”

  • Libellula pulchella, twelve-spotted skimmer*^ - “Habitat: Marsh zones of bog lakes and ponds; marshy zones of sand-, sand-marl-, sand-detritus-bottom lakes.”

  • Pachydiplax longipennis, blue dasher*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes and marshes; marsh ponds.”

  • Plathemis lydia, common whitetail*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes, ponds and marshes; sand-muck- and sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Sympetrum costiferum, saffron-winged meadowhawk^ – “Habitat: Bog lakes; sand-muck- and sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Sympetrum obtrusum, white-faced meadowhawk*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes and marses; sand- and sand-marl-bottom lakes.”

  • Sympetrum rubicundulum, ruby meadowhawk*^ - “Habitat: Bog lakes.”

  • Sympetrum vicinum, yellow-legged meadowhawk^ – “Habitat: Bog lakes; sand-, sand-marl-, and sand-muck-bottom lakes.”
  • Posh Purple!

    We are planning a posh super chick purple event and I thought I'd share a little inspiration with you all, aren't they super purply'rific!

    This is our inspiration...

    Which one do you like better?
    Sources: Martini, Flower in vase, Dress, Damask wallpaper, Box of favors, Purple invitation, Building, Head piece, Purple table setting, Purple place setting, Shoes, Silver boxesSources starting from the top left and moving clockwise are (white couches), (empanadas), (candle), (centerpiece), (potato pancakes), (hanging candle), (chicken tapa), (flowers), (martini)

    Thursday, May 29, 2008

    Hollywood history tonight-fun stuff

    Tonight at 7pm Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood is doing a book signing/screening that should be a hoot.

    There are unfortunately too few people around today who've seen the best available work of John Barrymore. I knew him only as a kind of dissipated buffoon for years, until I saw both his best late films (one great 1939 example: "Midnight", directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Billy Wilder; also the fantastic "Twentieth Century", an early screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks and costarring Carole Lombard-don't miss either of those) and his best silents. Turner Classic Movies has shown a fair number of great Barrymores as part of their Sunday night silents, and UCLA and the motion picture Academy show rare, restored prints on occasion--always highly recommended.
    But I knew the legend of John Barrymore before I knew his actual work. An unbelievable libertine, he wanted to avoid the family business of acting and attended art school instead, but he soon found that his physical beauty as well as his famous family made acting too easy an option to pass up as a living. He turned out to be good at it, even if late in life he overindulged his supply of ham.

    Barrymore loved all animals-the weirder the better. Here he coos over his pet vulture Maloney-possibly named after the writer who intended his gift to be insulting, but not to Barrymore, typically.

    I've seen a number of his drawings and he was a good draughtsman (the one example I could find online is in my opinion one of his lesser works, done pretty late in his life). Well known as a womanizer("the great lover" as well as "the great profile"), yachtsman, adventurer and unfortunately, chronic alcoholic, he was the center of a tight knit group pf actors, writers, directors and artists, and that's the subject of a new book-the reason for the Larry Edmunds event, Hollywood's Hellfire Club, by Gregory Mank.

    The other book being signed and talked about tonight, "Baron of Mullholland" is about Errol Flynn.
    One of John's best latter-day pals, Flynn shared a lot of obvious interests with Barrymore-especially sailing and boozing. They also both possessed a particularly wry view of the world and a healthy sense of humor--one that Tim Burton probably would appreciate. In other words, decidedly dark. When Barrymore died prematurely(as did Flynn)largely from his alcoholism, a famous story(probably true) says that his inner circle bribed a mortician to "borrow" Barrymore's corpse and sit it up in Flynn's home-drink in hand-to greet him when he stumbled back in at 4 am. You can't make this stuff up.

    At the signing there's going to be rare footage screened as well--some home movies of the actors, and perhaps some other things. Plenty cool. I've heard Flynn's daughter might be there tonight, too. Larry Edmund's is on Hollywood Blvd. right across the street from the venerable Musso & Frank Grill, where both actors and a host of other greats from the golden age of Hollywood met to drink and occasionally eat.

    By the way, if any local readers haven't been to Musso's you have to go; to me it's the most old style "New York" establishment in Los Angeles--probably on the entire west coast, and has the menu, ambiance and waiters to prove it. It still attracts a lot of power players as well as old regulars of lesser clout, like myself. The martinis are sublime and deadly. Shaken, not stirred.

    It's hard times for small businesses like Musso's these days-especially for independent bookstores. L.A. has so few left, and Larry Edmunds is one of them. If you're ever looking for an out-of-print book on theater or film or a rare poster or still you have to drop by Edmunds-even if you can't make the event tonight.

    Mayflies of Berrien County, Michigan, and Vicinity

    Mayflies are aquatic invertebrates of the Order Ephemeroptera within the Class Insecta. Ethan Bright’s Ephemeroptera (mayflies) of Michigan documents the occurrence of 124 species and 42 genera, with another 41 species expected to occur based on their presence in neighboring States.

    The Mayflies of the United States lists confirmed records of just 2 species (representing 2 families and 2 genera) in Berrien County, with another 11 species (representing another 3 families and 6 genera) documented from the neighboring counties of Cass and Van Buren in Michigan and La Porte and St. Joseph in Indiana. In total, then, a minimum of 13 species of mayflies representing 5 families and 8 genera are likely to occur in Berrien County. In the following list, species known from Berrien County are bold-faced, while those known from neighboring counties are in brackets; common family names are from the Guide to aquatic invertebrates of the upper Midwest (.pdf):

    Family Baetidae (small minnow mayflies):
  • [Baetis brunneicolor (La Porte)]
  • [Baetis flavistriga (St. Joseph)]
  • [Baetis tricaudatus (St. Joseph)]
  • [Callibaetis ferrugineus (Van Buren)]
  • Family Caenidae (small square-gill mayflies):
  • [Caenis amica (La Porte, Van Buren)]
  • Caenis latipennis (Berrien, La Porte, St. Joseph)
  • [Caenis punctata (La Porte)]
  • Family Ephemeridae (common burrowing mayflies):
  • [Ephemera simulans (Cass, La Porte)]
  • [Hexagenia limbata (Cass, La Porte)]
  • Family Heptageniidae (flathead mayflies):
  • [Epeorus namatus (La Porte)]
  • [Maccaffertium (=Stenonema) exiguum (La Porte)]
  • [Maccaffertium (=Stenonema) vicarium (St. Joseph)]
  • Family Polymitarcyidae (pale burrowing mayflies):
  • Ephoron album (Berrien)
  • Where were you in 1980?

    With thanks to super-8 cameraman Randy Cartwright, here's an artifact of animation volleyball history. I think the participants need no introduction.

    Mayfly Hatch

    Last evening at about 6:30 p.m., I spotted from the living room what appeared to be dozens of dragonflies swarming around the northeast corner of Crescent Lake, their wings illuminated by the low-lying sun. When I put my bincoculars on them, I realized that they were not dragonflies, but mayflies, hundreds—perhaps thousands—of them having just emerged from the shallow waters of the lake. This is very exciting, as most species of mayflies are generally quite pollution-sensitive, meaning that their presence in or on a body of water is considered an indication of good water quality.

    Wacky Bird News

    The following two news reports appeared in the “Local Briefs” section (page B1) of the South Bend [Indiana] Tribune on Wednesday, May 28:

    Boy on walk in woods attacked by eagle

    An 11-year-old boy was injured when an eagle attacked him during a walk through the woods in Manistee County.,_Michigan

    Radio station WKLA reports Alex Birch was attacked by the eagle about 9 p.m. Sunday in Copemish. He was treated at a local hospital for numerous cuts and scratches to his back, head, and neck.

    It is not clear what led to the attack.


    Officer investigating break-in finds turkey

    A police officer investigating an apparent breaking and entering in Kalamazoo turned up the intruder: a 10-pound turkey.

    The department says Public Safety Officer Paula Hensell was conducting business cheks Sunday morning when she spotted broken glass in a front window.

    She went inside under the assumption that a burglar still was inside, and found the Wild Turkey dead on a conference table.

    Beautiful Emotion!

    Your wedding day is so emotional! On all accounts, on all sides of the family - Dad is sad, because he knows his baby girl is all grown up, but I promise he's happy at the same time... I know my father couldn't hold a tear in his eyes while he danced with me to Butterfly Kisses on my wedding day!

    Brides are nervous, grooms are nervous... it feels like all eyes are on you, and well, frankly, they are. So don't forget to breathe, don't lock your knees, and remember you are marring your best friend, so focus on your best friend! And these tears are Happy Tears!
    I love these images from k Gallery and Powers Photography! They truly capture some of the emotions that are surging through on the wedding day!

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    The Top 5!

    Yesterday I had Christina let you know what she felt her Top 5 things learned at her first wedding with MasterPiece Weddings were. I wanted to explain some of what she said, maybe give you some back story.

    1. Every wedding planner needs a Mary Poppins’ carpetbag… by the end of the night, I was waiting for Melissa to pull out a coat rack from her “wedding bag.”

    We did have to get a lot of stuff out of the Wedding Bag at this wedding, I guess I never think about what comes out of it, and how much thought went in to choosing the things that I knew I'd use a lot. I think I can do anything with DoubleStick Tape, a Sharpie Marker, and Binder Clips!

    {Me playing War with the Bride to ease her anxiety}

    2. A wedding planner must be able to wear many hats. I watched Melissa have many transformations, including the organized businesswomen, the patient waiter, the comforter to the nervous and crying, and the dancing queen.

    We do have to wear many hats. Another thing I don't think about, I just do. At Katie's wedding, we had to wait over an hour for the Venue to be unlocked. I had confirmed the time for it to be opened 3 times, and after waiting and waiting, and having contacted the owner of the facility by cell phone and emails- proves you can never be too prepared.

    I did have to comfort the Bride's Daughter, she's old enough to be aware of what was going on around her, and before the ceremony I found her crying pretty uncontrollably. When I asked her what was wrong she just stared at me with these bright blue eyes and huge tears falling to the ground. She couldn't even talk. Finally she confessed that she was scarred. She was scarred of messing up. I then told her that I would be there to let her know when do walk, stop, go, where to stand, and if she messed up it was my fault. I think that made her feel better. Poor thing!

    And after everyone is gone - I always take a dance with my favorite DJ :)

    3. Never let anyone see you sweat, even if it is 120 degrees outside.

    Holy Cow! It was Hah-ot outside!!! (I have pictures to prove it!)

    4. The job of networking never ends. Melissa was working every connection that the venue had; it was very impressive!

    Another thing I guess I don't even think of.... the photographer was newer to the business, and I had never worked with him before. And of course the vendors that you know and trust, you gotta chat with them!

    5. Just because you pass next to a candy bar, does not mean you have to eat a piece of candy! After cake, Rice Krispie treats and candy, I was in complete sugar shock. I had a large piece of pizza on the way home!

    So first and foremost, the guests never see us eat... but if you can sneak an M&M then more power to you :) But lemme tell you, there was so much sugar at this wedding! We set up the candy bar to end all candy bars, cake, Rice Krispie Treat Grooms Cake... I felt like the sugar never ended!!!

    To be honest, the main thing I learned was that being a wedding consultant is not for everyone and is definitely not as easy as it seems! I know I have a lot more to learn, and I’m definitely glad to be learning from the best!

    Truer words have never been spoken!

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008

    Tissa David's Titania

    drawing by Tissa David from Michael Sporn's blog
    Every time I visit Michael Sporn's blog I find something unusual or amazing or both. I think of myself as a packrat but I've nothing on Sporn, who in the course of his animation career has not only worked on a wide breadth of subjects but sought out the work of others that he admires. This drawing is by a friend and frequent colleague of Michael's at his studio, veteran animator Tissa David. It's a cleanup of Titania, the faerie queen from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and I love its lush, sensuous feel. If you go to Michael's blog to read the entry you'll see the wild color styling of the final version along with a good amount of other examples. It looks like it was an interesting project-done by four people in two years(and animated entirely by Ms. David).

    Tissa David is one of those people I'd dreamed I might one day share an aperitif with after some sparkling New York dinner party. I first read about her in John Canemaker's book about Dick Williams' "Raggedy Ann & Andy" feature, which had a chapter that recounted her early life and painted a very vivid portrait of a spirited individual. It ended with a quote from her that made an impact on me-to paraphrase: "even when I was wandering Paris so broke I collected cigarettes from the street for my next day's smoking, I thought life was the most exciting adventure imaginable".
    That's how I remember it though I have probably mangled it. I've thought of that statement many, many times over the years. It gave a profound impression of an animator who was eternally optimistic, seeing her life as an "adventure" no matter the obstacles, who survived, who never stopped practising her art. I believe she works still.

    I heart my Interns!

    So this was Christina's first wedding with me - I asked her at the end of the night what she was most surprised about, and what she felt she learned the most. At the end of the conversation I asked her to write it down....

    And she did!!! Good Girl Christina!! :)

    I was surprised at what she felt her Top 5 things learned were... but then again, looking at it from a "virgin" point of view, it makes sense!

    Without further ado, Blogosphere meet Christina!

    Having been raised in New Orleans, a city where parties are standard for any occasion, I figured that working my first wedding would be a breeze. To my surprise, after a night of watching people dance, I was forced to recuperate for almost two days before feeling well enough to reflect on what I learned during Katie and Bradley’s wedding.

    To be completely honest, the entire day was a whirlwind from the reception site set up, which ended up being a waiting game, to the last dance of the night. However I did learn a lot from listening, watching and doing, and here are my top five (in no particular order):

    1. Every wedding planner needs a Mary Poppins’ carpetbag… by the end of the night, I was waiting for Melissa to pull out a coat rack from her “wedding bag.”

    2. A wedding planner must be able to wear many hats. I watched Melissa have many transformations, including the organized businesswomen, the patient waiter, the comforter to the nervous and crying, and the dancing queen.

    3. Never let anyone see you sweat, even if it is 120 degrees outside.

    4. The job of networking never ends. Melissa was working every connection that the venue had; it was very impressive!

    5. Just because you pass next to a candy bar, does not mean you have to eat a piece of candy! After cake, Rice Krispie treats and candy, I was in complete sugar shock. I had a large piece of pizza on the way home!

    To be honest, the main thing I learned was that being a wedding consultant is not for everyone and is definitely not as easy as it seems! I know I have a lot more to learn, and I’m definitely glad to be learning from the best!

    I think I'll post my version of her top 5 tomorrow!

    Sunday, May 25, 2008

    Rocket Johnson!

    From Paul Briggs here finally is the announcement of a project that an awful lot of guys have been working on in their spare time-of which they have precious little. Nevertheless, somehow they all pulled it off.
    I was lucky enough to see most of the book and it's a must-have. Talk about a roster of names; some very familiar, some you may not yet know-but all have done terrific work.
    Here's Paul's email press release:

    "Who is Rocket Johnson?" is a 72 page graphic novel anthology being self-published by Walt Disney Animation Studio's Story Artists and Directors. It's an all-ages book in which every artist answers the question: "Who is Rocket Johnson?"
    It will be sold exclusively at booth 2302 in San Diego ( and is a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

    Cover painted by:
    Paul Felix

    Artists contributing stories:
    Steve Anderson
    John Musker
    Dean Wellins
    Mike Gabriel
    Kevin Deters
    Paul Briggs
    Tom Ellery
    Sam Levine
    Nathan Greno
    Don Hall
    Mark Kennedy
    Aurian Redson
    Daniel Chong
    Tron Mai
    Lawrence Gong
    Joe Mateo
    Michael LaBash
    Chris Ure
    Bruce Morris
    Mark Walton

    Featuring pin-ups by:
    Glen Keane
    ChenYi Chang
    Byron Howard
    Arthur Adams

    That's some lineup. For more information visit the official website.

    Edited to add: Briggs informs me that at the present time there aren't any plans to do more than 1000 copies, take advance orders, or do any mail order at all. That means that if we want one we'll all have to plan to be at the Rocket Johnson booth at San Diego during the Con-probably early in the week. I feel positive that sketchbook resellers such as Stuart Ng and Bud Plant will be picking up multiple copies to offer at their own outlets, but with only 1000 available to begin with those too should sell quickly. I have to think it likely that when the initial run does sell out, more will be printed-eventually. But for now look for it only at the Con.

    What I used Yesterday...

    Although I am suffering from quite the Wedding Hangover - I wanted to take some time out today and share with you what I used from my Wedding Emergency Kit yesterday and why I used what I did.

    I think this might be fun to do every Monday after a Wedding, I know that I don't use every item at every wedding. But this way we can see any trends, and how I used what I used.
    • Corsage Pins: We needed so many pins, the florist didn't include them with the boutonnieres, so I used mine from my wedding bag.

    • Playing Cards: The bride was so nervous before the ceremony, Katie thought she was going to pass out or throw up, so just before the ceremony to kill a bit of time and get her mind off of being nervous we set up a game of War... she won!

    • Deodorant: Katie thought she was sweating up a storm - and was afraid of stinking, so she used deodorant allllll over her body - and with the temperature this weekend, I don't blame her!

    • Mints: Peppermint is a good tummy calmer and fresh minty breath for that kiss!

    • Bobby Pins: The flowergirls' hair needed a bit of fixin'.

    • Advil: Someone had a headache... And I think I snuck a few too...

    • Tissues: Actually it's a disposable hanky.... gotta wipe those tears... Happy Tears!

    • Scissors: We had to use them like 200 times...

    You never know what you might use or not use! I can't believe I didn't have to use the Smelling Salts! Sometimes I don't even have to open up the emergency kit, and sometimes it can't come out of my sight!

    What's your favorite item in your emergency kit?

    (Oh and don't worry, you'll find out what that super awesome surprise is VERY soon! I am so excited about it!!!)

    Saturday, May 24, 2008

    Butterflies of Berrien County, Michigan

    The butterflies are a somewhat artificial subgroup of the Order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) of the Class Insecta. Lepidopterists have traditionally separated butterflies (Rhopalocera) from moths (Heterocera) based largely on the club-like antennae of butterflies and the feather-like antennae of moths, a practice followed here for simplicity.

    The 75 species of butterflies attributed to Berrien County represent 5 families, 15 subfamilies, and 52 genera. In the following list, an asterisk (*) denotes a species documented from the county in Sherman Moore’s (1960) A revised annotated list of the butterflies of Michigan (.pdf), while a hat (^) denotes a species attributed to the county in Butterflies and moths of North America (BMNA). Species validity, taxonomy, and nomenclature were checked against the All-Leps North American checklist:

    Family Hesperiidae (skippers):
    Subfamily Pyrginae (spread-wing skippers):
  • Achalarus lyciades, hoary edge*^
  • Epargyreus clarus, silver-spotted skipper*^
  • Erynnis brizo, sleepy duskywing*^
  • Erynnis icelus, dreamy duskywing^
  • Erynnis horatius, Horace’s duskywing*^
  • Erynnis juvenalis, Juvenal’s duskywing^
  • Pholisora catullus, common sootywing*^
  • Pyrgus communis, common checkered-skipper*^
  • Thorybes pylades, northern cloudywing^
  • Subfamily Hesperiinae (grass skippers):
  • Anatrytone (=Atrytone) logan, Delaware skipper^
  • Ancyloxypha numitor, least skipper*^
  • Euphyes bimacula, two-spotted skipper^
  • Euphyes (=Atrytone) conspicua, black dash*^
  • Euphyes (=Atrytone) vestries (=ruricola), dun skipper^
  • Hesperia leonardus, Leonard’s skipper*^
  • Hylephila phyleus, fiery skipper^
  • Poanes hobomok, Hobomok skipper^
  • Poanes massasoit, mulberry wing*^
  • Poanes zabulon, Zabulon skipper^
  • Poanes viator, broad-winged skipper^
  • Polites peckius, Peck’s skipper*^
  • Polites origenes, crossline skipper^
  • Polites themistocles, tawny-edged skipper*
  • Pompeius verna, little glassywing*^
  • Thymelicus lineola, European skipper^
  • Wallengrenia egeremet (=ortho), northern broken-dash*^
  • Family Lycaenidae (gossamer-wing butterflies):
    Subfamily Lycaeninae (coppers):
  • Lycaena helloides, purplish copper^
  • Lycaena hyllus, bronze copper^
  • Lycaena phlaeas, American copper*^
  • Subfamily Theclinae (hairstreaks):
  • Calycopis (=Strymon) cecrops, red-banded hairstreak*^
  • Satyrium (=Strymon) acadica, Acadian hairstreak*^
  • Satyrium (=Strymon) titus, coral hairstreak*^
  • Strymon melinus, gray hairstreak*^
  • Subfamily Polyommatinae (blues):
  • Celastrina ladon/neglecta, spring/summer azure*^ #
  • Cupido (=Everes) comyntas, eastern tailed blue*^
    # Listed as Lycaenopsis argiolus (=Celastrina ladon) by Moore and Celastrina neglecta by BMNA. Because of confusion about the identity and geographic limits of these two taxa, they are here treated as a species complex.
  • Family Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies):
    Subfamily Apaturinae (emperors):
  • Asterocampa clyton, tawny emperor^
  • Subfamily Danainae (milkweed butterflies):
  • Danaus plexippus, monarch* ^
  • Subfamily Heliconiinae (fritillaries):
  • Boloria selene, silver-border fritillary^
  • Euptoieta Claudia, variegated fritillary*^
  • Speyeria Aphrodite, Aphrodite fritillary*^
  • Speyeria cybele, great spangled fritillary*^
  • Speyeria idalia, regal fritillary*^
  • Subfamily Libytheinae (snouts):
  • Libytheana carinenta, American snout^
  • Subfamily Limenitidinae (admirals and relatives):
  • Limenitis arthemis, red-spotted purple*^
  • Limenitis archippus, viceroy*^
  • Subfamily Nymphalinae (crescents, checkerspots, anglewings, etc.):
  • Aglais (=Nymphalis) milbertii, Milbert’s tortoiseshell*^
  • Euphydryas phaeton, Baltimore checkerspot^
  • Junonia (=Precis) coenia, common buckeye*^
  • Nymphalis antiopa, mourning cloak*^
  • Phyciodes tharos, pearl crescent*^
  • Polygonia comma, eastern comma*
  • Polygonia interrogationis, question mark*^
  • Vanessa atalanta, red admiral*^
  • Vanessa cardui, painted lady^
  • Vanessa virginiensis, American lady*^
  • Subfamily Satyrinae (satyrs and wood-nymphs):
  • Cercyonis pegala, common wood nymph*^
  • Megisto (=Euptychia) cymela, little wood satyr*^
  • Neonympha (=Euptychia) mitchellii, Mitchell’s satyr*^
  • Satyrodes Appalachia, Appalachian brown^
  • Satyrodes Eurydice, eyed brown^
  • Family Papilionidae (swallowtails):
    Subfamily Papilioninae (swallowtails):
  • Battus philenor, pipevine swallowtail^
  • Eurytides (=Papilio) marcellus, zebra swallowtail*^
  • Papilio cresphontes, giant swallowtail*^
  • Papilio glaucus, eastern tiger swallowtail*^
  • Papilio polyxenes, black swallowtail*^
  • Papilio troilus, spicebush swallowtail*^
  • Family Pieridae (whites and sulphurs):
    Subfamily Pierinae (whites):
  • Euchloe olympia, Olympia marble*^
  • Pieris rapae, cabbage white*^
  • Pontia protodice, checkered white*^
  • Subfamily Coliadinae (sulphurs):
  • Colias eurytheme, orange sulphur^
  • Colias philodice, clouded sulphur*^
  • Nathalis iole, dainty sulphur^
  • Pyrisitia lisa, little yellow^
  • Zerene (=Colias) cesonia, southern dogface*^
  • Wedding Day!


    We've been working since 7AM, but boy oh boy - do I have some exciting stuff to tell you!!!

    Friday, May 23, 2008

    Katie and Bradley Get Married... again!

    I am totally excited! Katie is amazing! Bradley is incredible!

    The wedding can be nothing but perfect, I just know it! We only have to battle the weather, and Katie's fear of throwing up/passing out/crying uncontrollably/falling during the times for me!
    Nothing I can't handle!

    Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Happy Halloween!

    What does MasterPiece Weddings and Geico have in common?

    I attended a Fundraising Auction for Adfed (an Advertising Auction supporting High School Students wishing to obtain a degree in Advertising) last night and MasterPiece Weddings donated an Event Planning Package - well, Geico bid on our package - donating a pretty penny to the cause, and won our planning package.

    It looks like I'll be planning the Annual Geico Halloween Party, how fun!

    Maybe I'll dress as a Caveman?

    Wednesday, May 21, 2008

    I Heart the Bubbles!

    I love Bubble Tea! Usually I order Jasmine Tea with extra Boba -- but today as I am sipping my afternoon snack, I was thinking... What a fun way to personalize your wedding reception, cocktail hour, or rehearsal dinner!

    It would be a fun and unique way to personalize your events- And why not have a Boba Tea bar at your wedding! If it's something you enjoy and it's something you and and your fiancee want to share with your family it would be nice during the cocktail hour.

    Basically it's Green Tea, mixed with fruit flavors, real fruit, and sometimes cream - YUMMMY! Then Black Tapioca Pearls are sitting at the bottom of the glass... looks really pretty - and so fun!

    Here are the logistics to Bubble Tea:

    Famous Family!

    My cousin Michelle lives in California and she's smart, and beautiful and she's getting married! I guess word got out, and tada - she's on the cover a Bridal Magazine!!! She's the one on the right! I am so excited for her!!!

    Check out her spread!

    Tuesday, May 20, 2008

    Photograhy Phun!

    I am so blessed to work in an area with some super fantastical photographers and you've heard me talk about a few of them.

    But did you know that Powers Photography started a blog!!! Susan and Stewart are so fun to work with and their work is beautiful, fun, with a touch of sophistication, I know you'll fall in love with them over and over again!
    Photography is so important, it's not just the pictures, but the full package, you need to make sure that you love who you are working with, the pictures are incredible, and the final album tells the story that you want it to! I think that Powers is the complete package! (and they travel internationally as well!)

    Monday, May 19, 2008

    Dinner Party Disaster!

    There's no use in crying over spilled Milk, right? So, what happens when you invite your neighbors over for dinner for the first time - and your dinner is a disaster, how do you handle that gracefully?

    Well, let me tell you what happened... I'll start from the very beginning...

    Once upon a time, two couples built their houses right next door to one another - and had been promising to get together quite often. Finally, one of the neighbors, Melissa (that's me), asked them to come over for a BBQ Feast on Sunday, and they graciously accepted.

    Melissa, who loves to entertain, and try out new recipes from her Gourmet Magazine - found a delicious new recipe for BBQ Pork (that takes almost 24 hours to prepare and cook), Homemade Hamburger Buns, Homemade Coleslaw, and a slew of other fantastically delicious items and decided to make it all...

    Since Melissa, loved to play in the kitchen she started on Saturday letting the dough for the buns rise and baking the potatoes for the potato salad, and slices and chopping the cabbage for the slaw, preparing the meat, making the dessert....

    Although the buns didn't rise as much as she hoped, they sure looked delicious, and the pork was doing great, on Sunday morning, Melissa made some more of the vinegar "mop" for the pork and continued to let it cook "low and slow" - on Sunday afternoon it was falling off the bone, and she "pulled" it off the bone and let it soak in the mop - Melissa carefully placed the BBQ Pork on a large platter and put it in the over to warm.

    As it was getting closer to the time her guests were to arrive, Melissa set out some starters to munch on, got the table set, with the homemade buns, and the slaw, potato salad, tomato salad was done, looked like the best BBQ dinner EVER!

    As Melissa's guests arrived we all chatted, and started to walk to the table after munching for a bit. Melissa then brought the BBQ Pork to the table, and as she reached the table, the platter slipped from her hands and in the slowest of motion it fell to the ground. As she saw the pork fall to its doom, and splatter to the floor, in a large lump of delicious 24 hour pork lump, she stared for a moment, then asked "How do you all feel about Pizza?"

    So sad! All that work for spilled pork. (My husband still plans to eat it...but don't tell)

    Sunday, May 18, 2008

    Disney Girls...

    this well-dressed young woman wears an enigmatic expression

    ...and this girl looks like a cross between Bonnie Parker and a very young Jane Wyman(when she was blonde)-what a stance!

    Doesn't she look happy? The implement is in her hand is an airbrush. Notice the Woodland Cafe title card on the wall-a souvenir? This desk by the way is far superior to the unpartitioned inkers' tables.

    Here's real sportiness! I love these outfits. Kate Hepburn gets too much credit for wearing "daring" slacks in the 30s, based on this photo. Perhaps this was taken on a Saturday. Disney staffers worked a half day on Saturdays-standard hours even for live action actors and production people in the Depression era.

    These were taken at the Hyperion studio, circa 1936-37.
    All this and more were scrapbooked (along with a wealth of discarded drawings, color models, doodles and company memos) by a girl with the unlikely name of Ingeborg Willy-a young woman who obviously loved her animation job inking in the best studio in the United States. By the way-none of the women pictured above is Ms. Willy, I think-she was holding the camera.

    These come from the collection of Robert Cowan(see below), who acquired Ms. Willy's scrapbook in 1998. He made an absolutely lovely job of printing up a facsimile and offering this rare scrapbook at cost, thinking that he'd like to share his find with interested parties. Only a very few were ultimately sent out(Hans Perk writes about it in more detail here), but it may yet be reprinted. I'm very lucky to have it to hand and glad to share a few of these snapshots with you.

    Like her freshly uprooted sign says-here's the Comic Strip Building. This is one of the very few Hyperion structures that survives. It was moved to Burbank as the new campus was being built and is still on the Disney lot today, used as a freestanding conference room near the front gate. The silhouette of Mickey on the building's shutters was a nice touch. Ingeborg herself seems to be reflected in the doors of the bungalow, looking down into her camera taking the picture.

    If these were pictures of women working at an unknown studio-or at any other company-in 1936, I'd still be fascinated by them. That they're Disney employees-and the all-too-rarely-seen ink and paint contingent at that-makes it a thousand times better. I collect vintage materials of all kinds and often while browsing through boxes at an antique mall will find snapshots like these; I think they're great. As I wrote in my comments on another blog about this book, these bring the times of 70 years ago to life, making them real and accessible and so have a wistfulness about them.

    Was it as hot that summer as it is today? There wasn't smog in 1936, and I've read that a person driving from Pasadena to Silverlake could smell orange blossoms.
    Well, sometimes in early spring when the temperature is just right while driving along the 2 freeway you still can. But there's a Gelsons market where the Walt Disney Studios sign with the waving neon Mickey Mouse used to be. And pretty much nobody has time to do their hair like this before work. On the other hand, those expressions look awfully familiar. I wonder what their stories were and how long they each worked at Disney's? Southern California's probably full of the grandkids of these women, somewhere.

    Break time

    Coming soon...., not Indy IV.

    If you don't already have Paul Briggs bookmarked, you'd better be doing it now.
    Not only does he post wonderful sketches, but as he puts it, "Get ready" for an announcement of something very soon, revealed on his blog. Believe me, you're all going to be interested in whatever it is.

    The Ninth Wonder Of the Universe

    Michael Sporn posts beautiful examinations of animated films and their artists so frequently that unless I'm sharp I miss them. Don't make the same mistake, especially where this one's concerned; last week he did an entry on the tent-raising sequence from Dumbo. It's well worth your time.
    No one who cares about clarity, beauty and appeal in film can stop learning from and just plain enjoying the charms of Dumbo, especially when Mike makes it so visually stunning. He must have spent a lot of time capturing screen shots, a few of which I've reposted here. But make sure you read and view his entire post:

    "Tent building"

    Saturday, May 17, 2008

    Club Mosses and Spike Mosses of Berrien County Michigan

    The club mosses and spike mosses belong to the Class Lycopodiopsida (formerly Lycopsida), and are usually lumped with the other non-flowering vascular plants in a group known as the fern allies. They are represented in Berrien County by 5 species in 2 orders, 2 families, and 3 genera. The following list is based on the Online Atlas of Michigan Plants:

    Family Lycopodicaceae (club-moss family):
  • Huperzia lucidula, shining clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella inundata, inundated clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella margueritiae, Marguerite’s clubmoss
  • Lycopodiella subappressa, northern bog clubmoss
    Family Selaginellaceae (spike-moss family):
  • Selaginella eclipse, hidden spikemoss
  • Friday, May 16, 2008

    Communication is Key!

    My mother was a big proponent of communication - there was one time, when I was 10 or 11, I dis-owned my sister, like literally told her that I wasn't her sister anymore. And I hated her. (Kim, I love you, you are my sister and my best friend - I officially apologize for disowning you 20+ years ago, I hope you can forgive me). My mother forced to me realize that we needed to talk this out, and she was my sister no matter what.

    Anyway, back to communication - this is all relative, I promise!

    As a business person, communication is a tremendous part of my job, I have to communicate with my clients, I have to communicate with vendors, I need to make sure that vendors communicate with each other.

    Just recently we had a problem with a florist that was asked by a bride to have extra Red Roses for a wedding cake, the bride paid for these extra flowers, and when the cake was being set up, the florist brought over 5 red roses (instead of the 40 that were paid for) that were half dead, and when the cake baker picked them up, the petals all fell off. Not only is that bad communication, but bad business.

    I then had to run to the local grocery store and buy new flowers.

    Apparently, I'm not the only one having this type of problem with this florist, they have been confirmed for specific items and not brought them, or actually told another vendor that they weren't needed for an event, even though they were!!!!

    Everyone is afraid to talk to this vendor about their behavior, but someone needs to - looks like those skills my mommy taught me will come in handy.
    {Cake by KB Kake Kreations - more on that cake on Monday}

    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    Let's Eat Cake has a Home!

    We've confirmed our home for Let's Eat Cake! And I couldn't be more excited!!!
    Thank you Paramount Plaza Resort!!! I think it's a perfect fit!!

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008

    Rare Disney story sketches from Robert Cowan

    a vivid story sketch of Ward Kimball from "The Reluctant Dragon"


    From "Melody Time"

    A very rough page of sketches for "Sleeping Beauty"-look closely to read some of the hilarious dialogue. What was this page done for, I wonder? A preliminary of fuller sketches to come?

    Lovely drawings from "Hawaiian Holiday"

    Go there now! Lots more where this came from-and not just story sketches and thumbnails, but layouts. backgrounds, cels...and not only from the Disney studio. It's a collection to drool over.  Bob Cowan-who was unknown to me before I recently bought his self-published Willy Ingeborg scrapbook facsimile-is a very generous guy to want to share this treasure he's amassed, and we're all the richer for it.  The Cowan Collection

    The Wynn - WOW!

    The Wynn. So Oprah's stayed there she recommends it - I honestly thought, what's all of the fuss about, it's just another Vegas Hotel, right? Wrong!

    This hotel is incredible! The shopping is unbelievably incredible, but that's besides the point...

    My site visit started with a visual tour of the New Encore Las Vegas (Wynn Las Vegas' Sister Hotel) which is going to be an all-suite hotel - all of the meeting spaces will have open up terraces to the pools. Both of these properties define luxury on the Vegas Strip and still have incredible dining, great shopping, fun nightlife, and unbelievable service!

    When planning an event in Las Vegas and you'd like to keep it intimate and still have all of the luxury, have great shopping close by, delicious food, definitely consider Wynn Las Vegas!

    My husband and I had the fantastic opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal at Wynn's Country Club Grill, it was fabulous!

    Certainly -check it out Wynn Las Vegas and soon Encore Las Vegas!

    Sunday, May 11, 2008

    Vertebrates of Berrien County, Michigan

    Vetebrates (animals with backbones or spinal columns) belong to the Subphylum Vertebrata within the Phylum Chordata). Collectively, the 522 species of vertebrates known from Berrien County represent 6 classes, 47 orders, 105 families, and 301 genera. Links to species lists for each of the 6 classes of vertebrates represented in Berrien County:
  • Lampreys (Class Cephalaspidomorphi: 5 species)
  • Fishes (Class Actinopterygii: 101 species)
  • Amphibians (Class Amphibia: 18 species)
  • Reptiles (Class Reptilia: 15 species)
  • Birds (Class Aves: 333 species)
  • Mammals (Class Mammalia: 50 species)
  • Birds of Berrien County, Michigan

    Of the approximately 435 species of birds (Class Aves) known from the State of Michigan, a nominal 333 species (representing 17 orders, 52 families, and 182 genera) have been recorded in Berrien County; 237 are of regular occurrence (as year-round or summer residents, with breeding confirmed for 119 species and suspected for an additional 30; winter residents; or migrants), 35 are casual, 59 are accidental, 1 is extirpated, 1 is extinct, and 8 are introduced (i.e., their presence is the result of direct or indirect human intervention).

    In the list below, species followed by an asterisk (*) are known with certainty to have nested in the county at least once, while species followed by a plus sign (+) are suspected of having nested in the county. Species of regular occurrence have either been recorded in 9 of the last 10 years or have been recorded 30 or more times in the last 10 years. Casual species are not regular, but have been recorded 4 or more times in the last 10 years, while Accidental species are represented by 3 or fewer records in the last 10 years. The list is based primarily on “The birds of Berrien Co., MI,” by Jon Wuepper (Michigan Birds and Natural History 8:165-183, 2001), supplemented by the Berrien County Parks Commission’s “Daily field checklist” (January 2006). Taxonomy and nomenclature follow the ABA Checklist Update (Version 6.8, November 2007).

    Family Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Swans):

  • Anser albifrons, Greater White-fronted Goose [Casual]

  • Chen caerulescens, Snow Goose

  • Chen rossii, Ross’s Goose [Accidental]

  • Branta bernicla, Brant [Accidental]

  • Branta hutchinsii, Cackling Goose [Casual]

  • Branta canadensis, Canada Goose*

  • Cygnus olor, Mute Swan* [Introduced]

  • Cygnus buccinator, Trumpeter Swan [Accidental]

  • Cygnus columbiana, Tundra Swan

  • Aix sponsa, Wood Duck*

  • Anas strepera, Gadwall

  • Anas penelope, Eurasian Wigeon [Accidental]

  • Anas americana, American Wigeon

  • Anas rubripes, American Black Duck*

  • Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard*

  • Anas discors, Blue-winged Teal*

  • Anas clypeata, Northern Shoveler

  • Anas acuta, Northern Pintail

  • Anas crecca, Green-winged Teal

  • Aythya valisineria, Canvasback

  • Aythya americana, Redhead

  • Aythya collaris, Ring-necked Duck

  • Aythya marila, Greater Scaup

  • Aythya affinis, Lesser Scaup

  • Somateria spectabilis, King Eider [Accidental]

  • Histrionicus histrionicus, Harlequin Duck

  • Melanitta perspicillata, Surf Scoter

  • Melanitta fusca, White-winged Scoter

  • Melanitta nigra, Black Scoter

  • Clangula hyemalis, Long-tailed Duck [Casual]

  • Bucephala albeola, Bufflehead

  • Bucephala clangula, Common Goldeneye

  • Bucephala islandica, Barrow’s Goldeneye [Accidental]

  • Lophodytes cucullatus, Hooded Merganser+

  • Mergus merganser, Common Merganser

  • Mergus serrator, Red-breasted Merganser

  • Oxyura jamaicensis, Ruddy Duck
    Family Phasianidae (Grouse, Turkeys):

  • Phasianus colchicus, Ring-necked Pheasant* [Introduced]

  • Bonasa umbellas, Ruffed Grouse*

  • Tympanuchus cupido, Greater Prairie-Chicken [Extirpated}

  • Meleagris gallopavo, Wild Turkey*

    Family Odontophoridae (New World Quail):

  • Colinus virginianus, Northern Bobwhite* [Introduced?]
    Family Gaviidae (Loons):

  • Gavia stellata, Red-throated Loon

  • Gavia pacifica, Pacific Loon [Accidental]

  • Gavia immer, Common Loon+
    Family Podicipedidae (Grebes):

  • Podilymbus podiceps, Pied-billed Grebe*

  • Podiceps auritus, Horned Grebe

  • Podiceps grisegena, Red-necked Grebe [Casual]

  • Podiceps nigricollis, Eared Grebe [Casual]

  • Aechmophorus occidentalis, Western Grebe [Casual]
    Family Pelecanidae (Pelicans):

  • Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, American White Pelican [Casual]

  • Pelecanus occidentalis, Brown Pelican [Accidental]

    Family Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants):

  • Phalacrocorax auritus, Double-crested Cormorant

    Family Fregatidae (Frigatebirds):

  • Fregatta spp., frigatebird [Accidental]
    Family Ardeidae (Bitterns, Herons, and allies):

  • Botaurus lentiginosus, American Bittern*

  • Ixobrychus exilis, Least Bittern+ [Casual]

  • Ardea herodias, Great Blue Heron*

  • Egretta thula, Snowy Egret [Casual]

  • Egretta caerulea, Little Blue Heron [Accidental]

  • Bubulcus ibis, Cattle Egret [Casual]

  • Butorides virescens, Green Heron*

  • Nycticorax nycticorax, Black-crowned Night-Heron

  • Nyctanassa violacea, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [Accidental]

    Family Threskiornithidae (Ibises):

  • Plegadis falcinellus, Glossy Ibis [Accidental]

  • Plegadis chihi, White-faced Ibis [Accidental]

    Family Cathartidae (New World Vultures):

  • Coragyps atratus, Black Vulture [Accidental]

  • Cathartes aura, Turkey Vulture*
    Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Kites, Eagles, and allies):

  • Pandion haliaetus, Osprey+

  • Elanoides forficatus, Swallow-tailed Kite [Accidental]

  • Ictinia mississippiensis, Mississippi Kite [Accidental]

  • Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Bald Eagle*

  • Circus cyaneus, Northern Harrier+

  • Accipiter striatus, Sharp-shinned Hawk*

  • Accipiter cooperii, Cooper’s Hawk*

  • Accipiter gentiles, Northern Goshawk [Casual]

  • Buteo lineatus, Red-shouldered Hawk*

  • Buteo platypterus, Broad-winged Hawk*

  • Buteo swainsoni, Swainson’s Hawk [Accidental]

  • Buteo jamaicensis, Red-tailed Hawk*

  • Buteo lagopus, Rough-legged Hawk

  • Aquila chrysaetos, Golden Eagle [Casual]

    Family Falconidae (Falcons):

  • Falco sparverius, American Kestrel*

  • Falco columbarius, Merlin

  • Falco rusticolus, Gyrfalcon [Accidental]

  • Falco peregrinus, Peregrine Falcon+
    Family Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots):

  • Coturnicops noveboracensis, Yellow Rail [Accidental]

  • Rallus elegans, King Rail [Accidental]

  • Rallus limicola, Virginia Rail+

  • Porzana carolina, Sora*

  • Gallinula chloropus, Common Moorhen* [Casual]

  • Fulica americana, American Coot*

    Family Gruidae (Cranes):

  • Grus canadensis, Sandhill Crane*
    Family Charadriidae (Plovers):

  • Pluvialis squatarola, Black-bellied Plover

  • Pluvialis dominica, American Golden-Plover

  • Charadrius semipalmatus, Semipalmated Plover

  • Charadrius melodus, Piping Plover* [Casual]

  • Charadrius vociferus, Killdeer*

    Family Recurvirostidae (Stilts and Avocets):

  • Recurvirostra americana, American Avocet

    Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and allies):

  • Tringa melanoleuca, Greater Yellowlegs

  • Trings flavipes, Lesser Yellowlegs

  • Tringa solitaria, Solitary Sandpiper

  • Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, Willet

  • Actitis macularia, Spotted Sandpiper*

  • Bartramia longicauda, Upland Sandpiper+ [Casual]

  • Numenius phaeopus, Whimbrel [Casual]

  • Limosa haemastica, Hudsonian Godwit [Accidental]

  • Limosa fedoa, Marbled Godwit [Casual]

  • Arenaria interpres, Ruddy Turnstone

  • Calidris canutus, Red Knot [Casual]

  • Calidris alba, Sanderling

  • Calidris pusilla, Semipalmated Sandpiper

  • Calidris mauri, Western Sandpiper [Accidental]

  • Calidris minutilla, Least Sandpiper

  • Calidris fusciocollis, White-rumped Sandpiper

  • Calidris bairdii, Baird’s Sandpiper

  • Calidris melanotos, Pectoral Sandpiper

  • Calidris maritima, Purple Sandpiper [Casual]

  • Calidris alpina, Dunlin

  • Calidris himantopus, Stilt Sandpiper [Casual]

  • Tryngites subruficollis, Buff-breasted Sandpiper

  • Limnodromus griseus, Short-billed Dowitcher

  • Limnodromus scolopaceus, Long-billed Dowitcher [Casual]

  • Gallinago gallinago, Common Snipe+

  • Scolopax minor, American Woodcock*

  • Phalaropus tricolor, Wilson’s Phalarope [Casual]

  • Phalaropus lobatus, Red-necked Phalarope [Accidental]

  • Phalaropus fulicaria, Red Phalarope [Accidental]

    Family Laridae (Gulls and Terns):

  • Larus atricilla, Laughing Gull [Casual]

  • Larus pipixcan, Franklin’s Gull [Casual]

  • Larus minutus, Little Gull

  • Larus ridibundus, Black-headed Gull [Accidental]

  • Larus philadelphia, Bonaparte’s Gull

  • Larus canus, Mew Gull [Accidental]

  • Larus delawarensis, Ring-billed Gull

  • Larus californicus, California Gull [Accidental]

  • Larus argentatus, Herring Gull

  • Larus thayeri, Thayer’s Gull

  • Larus glaucoides, Iceland Gull [Casual]

  • Larus fuscus, Lesser Black-backed Gull

  • Larus hyperboreus, Glaucous Gull

  • Larus marinus, Great Black-backed Gull

  • Xema sabini, Sabine’s Gull [Casual]

  • Rissa tridactyla, Black-legged Kittiwake [Casual]

  • Sternula antillarum, Least Tern [Accidental]

  • Hydroprogne caspia, Caspian Tern

  • Chlidonias niger, Black Tern+

  • Sterna dougallii, Roseate Tern [Accidental]

  • Sterna hirundo, Common Tern

  • Sterna paradisaea, Arctic Tern [Accidental]

  • Sterna forsteri, Forster’s Tern

  • Thalasseus sandvicensis, Sandwich Tern [Accidental]

    Family Stercorariidae (Jaegers):

  • Stercorarius pomarinus, Pomarine Jaeger [Accidental]

  • Stercorarius parasiticus, Parasitic Jaeger [Casual]

  • Stercorarius longicaudus, Long-tailed Jaeger [Accidental]
    Family Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves):

  • Columba livia, Rock Pigeon* [Introduced]

  • Columba fasciata, Band-tailed Pigeon [Accidental]

  • Streptopelia decaocto, Eurasian Collared-Dove [Accidental & Introduced]

  • Zenaida macroura, Mourning Dove*

  • Ectopistes migratorius, Passenger Pigeon* [Extinct]
    Family Cuculidae (Cuckoos and Anis):

  • Coccyzus americanus, Yellow-billed Cuckoo*

  • Coccyzus erythropthalmus, Black-billed Cuckoo*

  • Crotophaga sp., ani [Accidental]
    Family Tytonidae (Barn Owls):

  • Tyto alba, Barn Owl* [Accidental]

    Family Strigidae (Typical Owls):

  • Otus asio, Eastern Screech-Owl*

  • Bubo virginianus, Great Horned Owl*

  • Bubo scandiaca, Snowy Owl

  • Athene cunicularia, Burrowing Owl [Accidental]

  • Strix varia, Barred Owl*

  • Asio otus, Long-eared Owl [Casual]

  • Asio flammeus, Short-eared Owl

  • Aegolius acadicus, Northern Saw-whet Owl [Casual]
    Family Caprimulgidae (Goadsuckers):

  • Chordeiles minor, Common Nighthawk*

  • Caprimulgus carolinensis, Chuck-will’s-widow [Accidental]

  • Caprimulgus vociferous, Whip-poor-will*
    Family Apodidae (Swifts):

  • Chaeturus pelagica, Chimney Swift*

    Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds):

  • Archilochus colubris, Ruby-throated Hummingbird*

  • Selasphorus rufus, Rufous Hummingbird [Casual]
    Family Alcedinidae (Kingfishers):

  • Ceryle alcyon, Belted Kingfisher*
    Family Picidae (Woodpeckers and allies):

  • Melanerpes erythrocephalus, Red-headed Woodpecker*

  • Melanerpes carolinus, Red-bellied Woodpecker*

  • Sphyrapicus varius, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker+

  • Picoides pubescens, Downy Woodpecker*

  • Picoides villosus, Hairy Woodpecker*

  • Colaptes auratus, Northern Flicker*

  • Dryocopus pileatus, Pileated Woodpecker*
    Family Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers):

  • Contopus cooperi, Olive-sided Flycatcher

  • Contopus virens, Eastern Wood-Pewee*

  • Empidonax flaviventris, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

  • Empidonax virescens, Acadian Flycatcher*

  • Empidonax alnorum, Alder Flycatcher+

  • Empidonax traillii, Willow Flycatcher*

  • Empidonax minimus, Least Flycatcher*

  • Sayornis phoebe, Eastern Phoebe*

  • Myiarchus crinitus, Great Crested Flycatcher

  • Tyrannus verticalis, Western Kingbird [Casual]

  • Tyrannus tyrannus, Eastern Kingbird*

  • Tyrannus forficatus, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher [Accidental]

    Family Laniidae (Shrikes):

  • Lanius ludovicianus, Loggerhead Shrike+ [Accidental]

  • Lanius excubitor, Northern Shrike

    Family Vireonidae (Vireos):

  • Vireo griseus, White-eyed Vireo*

  • Vireo bellii, Bell’s Vireo [Accidental]

  • Vireo flavifrons, Yellow-throated Vireo+

  • Vireo gilvus, Warbling Vireo*

  • Vireo philadelphicus, Philadelphia Vireo

  • Vireo olivaceus, Red-eyed Vireo*

    Family Corvidae (Jays and Crows):

  • Cyanocitta cristata, Blue Jay*

  • Corvus brachyrhynchos, American Crow*

  • Corvus corax, Common Raven+ [Accidental]

    Family Alaudidae (Larks):

  • Eremophila alpestris, Horned Lark*

    Family Hirundinidae (Swallows):

  • Progne subis, Purple Martin*

  • Tachycineta bicolor, Tree Swallow*

  • Stelgidopteryx serripennis, Northern Rough-winged Swallow*

  • Riparia riparia, Bank Swallow*

  • Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, Cliff Swallow*

  • Hirundo rustica, Barn Swallow*

    Family Paridae (Chickadees and Titmice):

  • Poecile atricapillus, Black-capped Chickadee*

  • Poecile hudsonicus, Boreal Chickadee [Accidental]

  • Baeolophus bicolor, Tufted Titmouse*

    Family Sittidae (Nuthatches):

  • Sitta canadensis, Red-breasted Nuthatch+

  • Sitta carolinensis, White-breasted Nuthatch*

    Family Certhiidae (Creepers):

  • Certhia americana, Brown Creeper+

    Family Troglodytidae (Wrens):

  • Thryothorus ludovicianus, Carolina Wren*

  • Thryomanes bewickii, Bewick’s Wren+ [Accidental]

  • Troglodytes aedon, House Wren*

  • Troglodytes troglodytes, Winter Wren

  • Cistothorus platensis, Sedge Wren+

  • Cistothorus palustris, Marsh Wren*

    Family Regulidae (Kinglets):

  • Regulus satrapa, Golden-crowned Kinglet

  • Regulus calendula, Ruby-crowned Kinglet

    Family Sylviidae (Gnatcatchers):

  • Polioptila caerulea, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher*

    Family Turdidae (Thrushes):

  • Sialia sialis, Eastern Bluebird*

  • Sialia currucoides, Mountain Bluebird [Accidental]

  • Catharus fuscescens, Veery*

  • Catharus minimus, Gray-cheeked Thrush

  • Catharus ustulatus, Swainson’s Thrush

  • Catharus guttatus, Hermit Thrush+

  • Hylocichla mustelina, Wood Thrush*

  • Turdus migratorius, American Robin*

  • Ixoreus naevius, Varied Thrush [Accidental]

    Family Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers):

  • Dumetella carolinensis, Gray Catbird*

  • Mimus polyglottos, Northern Mockinbird*

  • Toxostoma rufum, Brown Thrasher*

    Family Sturnidae (Starlings):

  • Sturnus vulgaris, European Starling* [Introduced]

    Family Motacillidae (Pipits):

  • Anthus rubescens, American Pipit

    Family Bombycillidae (Waxwings):

  • Bombycilla garrulus, Bohemian Waxwing [Accidental]

  • Bombycilla cedrorum, Cedar Waxwing*

    Family Parulidae (Wood-Warblers):

  • Vermivora pinus, Blue-winged Warbler*

  • Vermivora chrysoptera, Golden-winged Warbler+

  • Vermivora peregrina, Tennessee Warbler

  • Vermivora celata, Orange-crowned Warbler

  • Vermivora ruficapilla, Nashville Warbler

  • Parula americana, Northern Parula+

  • Dendroica petechia, Yellow Warbler*

  • Dendroica pensylvanica, Chestnut-sided Warbler+

  • Dendroica magnolia, Magnolia Warbler

  • Dendooica tigrina, Cape May Warbler

  • Dendroica caerulescens, Black-throated Blue Warbler

  • Dendroica coronata, Yellow-rumped Warbler

  • Dendroica virens, Black-throated Green Warbler*

  • Dendroica fusca, Blackburnian Warbler*

  • Dendroica dominica, Yellow-throated Warbler*

  • Dendroica pinus, Pine Warbler

  • Dendroica kirtlandii, Kirtland’s Warbler [Accidental]

  • Dendroica discolor, Prairie Warbler*

  • Dendroica palmarum, Palm Warbler

  • Dendroica castanea, Bay-breasted Warbler

  • Dendroica striata, Blackpoll Warbler

  • Dendroica cerulea, Cerulean Warbler*

  • Mniotilta varia, Black-and-white Warbler*

  • Setophaga ruticilla, American Redstart*

  • Protonotaria citrea, Worm-eating Warbler*

  • Seiurus aurocapillus, Ovenbird*

  • Seiurus noveboracensis, Northern Waterthrush

  • Seiurus motacilla, Louisiana Waterthrush*

  • Oporornis formosus, Kentucky Warbler

  • Oporornis agilis, Connecticut Warbler

  • Oporornis philadelphia, Mourning Warbler+

  • Geothlypis trichas, Common Yellowhtroat*

  • Wilsonia citrina, Hooded Warbler*

  • Wilsonia pusilla, Wilson’s Warbler

  • Icteria virens, Yellow-breasted Chat+

    Family Thraupidae (Tanagers):

  • Piranga rubra, Summer Tanager [Casual]

  • Piranga olivacea, Scarlet Tanager*

  • Piranga ludoviciana, Western Tanager [Accidental]

    Family Emberizidae (Emberizids):

  • Pipilo maculatus, Spotted Towhee [Accidental (see here)]

  • Pipilo erythrophthalmus, Eastern Towhee*

  • Spizella arborea, American Tree Sparrow

  • Spizella passerina, Chipping sparrow*

  • Spizella pallida, Clay-colored Sparrow+

  • Spizella pusilla, Field Sparrow*

  • Pooecetes grammineus, Vesper Sparrow*

  • Chondestes grammacus, Lark Sparrow+ [Accidental]

  • Calamospiza melanocorys, Lark Bunting [Accidental]

  • Passerculus sandwichensis, Savannah Sparrow*

  • Ammodramus savannarum, Grasshopper Sparrow+

  • Ammodramus henslowii, Henslow’s Sparrow+

  • Ammodramus leconteii, LeConte’s Sparrow [Accidental]

  • Passerella iliaca, Fox Sparrow

  • Melospiza melodia, Song Sparrow*

  • Melospiza lincolnii, Lincoln’s Sparrow

  • Melospiza georgiana, Swamp Sparrow*

  • Zonotrichia albicollis, White-throated Sparrow

  • Zonotrichia querula, Harris’s Sparrow [Casual]

  • Zonotrichia leucophrys, White-crowned Sparrow

  • Junco hyemalis, Dark-eyed Junco

  • Calcarius lapponicus, Lapland Longspur

  • Plectrophenax nivalis, Snow Bunting

    Family Cardinalidae (Cardinals and allies):

  • Pheucticus ludovicianus, Rose-breasted Grosbeak*

  • Guiraca caerulea, Blue Grosbeak [Accidental]

  • Passerina cyanea, Indigo Bunting*

  • Passerina ciris, Painted Bunting [Accidental]

  • Spiza americana, Dickcissel*

    Family Icteridae (Blackbirds):

  • Dolichonyx oryzivorus Bobolink*

  • Agelaius phoeniceus, Red-winged Blackbird*

  • Sturnella magna, Eastern Meadowlark*

  • Sturnella neglecta, Western Meadowlark*

  • Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus, Yellow-headed Blackbird+ [Casual]

  • Euphagus carolinas, Rusty Blackbird

  • Euphagus cyanocephalus, Brewer’s Blackbird

  • Quiscalus quiscalus, Common Grackle*

  • Molothrus ater, Brown-headed Cowbird*

  • Icterus spurius, Orchard Oriole*

  • Icterus galbula, Baltimore Oriole*

    Family Fringillidae (Finches and allies):

  • Fringilla montifringilla, Brambling [Accidental]

  • Pinicola enucleator, Pine Grosbeak [Accidental]

  • Carpodacus purpureus, Purple Finch

  • Carpodacus mexicanus, House Finch* [Introduced]

  • Loxia curvirostra, Red Crossbill [Accidental]

  • Loxia leucoptera, White-winged Crosbill [Casual]

  • Carduelis flammea, Common Redpoll

  • Carduelis hornemanni, Hoary Redpoll [Accidental]

  • Carduelis pinus, Pine Siskin

  • Carduelis tristis, American Goldfinch*

  • Coccothraustes vespertinus, Evening Grosbeak [Casual]

    Family Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

  • Passer domesticus, House Sparrow* [Introduced]