2018 Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count

Event Details

July 6th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Minesing Wetlands Natural Area, Barrie, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

A flash of colour catches your eye, a thrum of wingbeats whooshes past. Is it a bird? Is it a helicopter? It’s a dragonfly! Get to know these stunning insects while you help NCC monitor the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands during the 2018 Dragonfly and Damselfly Count.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here and add your car, or join a car. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Minesing Wetlands Natural Area, Barrie

Minesing Wetlands, located 20 kilometres west of Barrie, is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. This rare marsh, swamp and fen complex has been recognized as a key area for wetland conservation by the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. The wetland is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx.

What you will be doing

Participants will meet at a base camp location and will be teamed up with a knowledgeable leader to learn about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation. Participants will help to collect valuable data about the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands. Teams will carpool to various sites within the count circle (some sites are within the Minesing Wetlands, while others are beyond its boundaries) and then will hike approximately 2-3 km over variable terrain throughout the day. At the end, participants will be invited to stay and participate in the data round-up session. The data will also be sent via email to all participants after the event. No previous experience is necessary.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2018 Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count: 1. Help collect valuable data about the dragonfly diversity of this globally rare habitat 2. Get up close and personal with dragonflies 3. Learn from knowledgeable naturalists about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation. 4. Spend the day in the spectacular Minesing Wetlands or surrounding area 5. Did we mention dragonflies?


Contact Brittany Hope: Brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Each team will be provided with several dragonfly nets, hand lenses, dragonfly ID guides and detailed maps identifying the count areas, however if you have your own, please bring them to ensure there are enough in each team.

Since dragonflies take cover in the rain and are most active and visible in sunshine, the event will only proceed if rain is unlikely in the forecast. If significant rain or thunderstorms are forecast this event will be cancelled or postponed.

Children are welcome at this event but please note that this event is typically a long, hot day, and may not be suitable for some younger children.

Each team will be assigned a count area, which may contain the heart of the wetlands or near-urban surrounding lands. Teams will carpool to multiple locations within their count area, and hike approximately 2-3 km over variable terrain (may be wet!) while observing spectacular dragonflies and damselflies.

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
Water and snacks will be provided

A special thank-you goes to Bob Bowles and Chris Evans, both long-time NCC volunteers and dedicated local naturalists, for helping organize and execute this important event. Many thanks to our leaders, Gary Yankech and Susan Blayney for sharing their expertise with our volunteers.

NCC would also like to thank the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) for granting access onto their lands to hunt for dragonflies and damselflies. NVCA is a valuable partner to NCC and has made incredible accomplishments in the protection and stewardship of the Minesing Wetlands

Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Close-toed footwear (we recommend rain boots)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Raingear
  • Dragonfly nets (optional, if you have one)
  • Hand lenses (optional)
  • Dragonfly ID guides (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch