2019 Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count

Event Details

July 11th, 2019, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Minesing Wetlands (Barrie), Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

A flash of colour catches your eye, the thrum of beating wings whooshes past. Is it a bird? Is it a helicopter? It’s a dragonfly! Get to know these stunning insects while you help us monitor dragonfly diversity in the Minesing Wetlands during our 2019 Dragonfly and Damselfly Count.

Carpooling: If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Minesing Wetlands (Barrie)

Just 20 km west of Barrie lies some of the largest and least disturbed wetlands in Southern Ontario. This rare marsh complex has been recognized by the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan as a key area for conservation. NCC and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 ha.) of habitat in the region, attracting species such as moose, loggerhead shrike and the endangered spotted turtle.

NCC acquired Minesing with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

We'll be meeting at a the Fort Willow parking lot and splitting into teams, each group with a knowledgeable naturalist to learn about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation.
Groups will carpool to various sites and hike approximately 2-3 km over variable terrain. At the end, everyone is encouraged to stay and participate in our data round-up! No previous experience is necessary.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2019 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 the specialists about dragonfly life-cycles, habitats, ecological impact and conservation.
4. Spend the day in the spectacular Minesing Wetlands area.
5. Did we mention dragonflies?


Contact Brittany Hope, Coordinator, Conservation Biology: Brittany.hope@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Since dragonflies are most active in the sunshine, this event will only proceed if rain is unlikely in the forecast.
Children are welcome at this event but please note that it could be a long hot day, and may not be suitable for some younger children.
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
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

A special thank-you goes out to Bob Bowles and Chris Evans 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 search for dragonflies and damselflies.

This event is generously sponsored by Alectra Utilities

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:

  • Closed-toe footwear (we recommend rain boots)
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Dragonfly nets (if available)
  • Hand lenses (if available)
  • Dragonfly ID guides (if available)
  • Binoculars (if available)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications
  • Sunscreen