APBPC science staff confirmed that the 2012 adult Karner blue butterfly flight season has begun. The first Karner was observed on Friday May 4, ten days earlier than our previous record of May 14 set in 2001, and 21 days earlier than the 20-year median date of May 25. The record setting early start is most assuredly the result of record setting warm wather we experienced in March. If you’re in the Preserve keep your eyes open this most famous and endangered resident of the pitch pine scrub oak barrens.
~Neil Gifford, Conservation Director