Carden Alvar Butterfly Count 2019

Event Details

July 26th, 2019, 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Carden Alvar - Carden Recreation Centre, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

Do butterflies send your heart aflutter? Spend the day learning from butterfly experts and help to record the species diversity in the unique grass and woodlands of the Carden Alvar Natural Area, during our annual butterfly count.

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

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Carden Alvar – Carden Recreation Centre

Identified in both the terrestrial and aquatic Great Lakes Conservation Blueprints, this area is a prime example of globally-threatened alvar habitat, characterized by thin soils over limestone bedrock. The 12,000 hectare (30,000 ac.) property is made up of various native grasslands, forests and wetlands, supporting species such as the eastern loggerhead shrike, bobolink and Olympia marble butterfly. Vulnerable to invasive species like dog strangling vine and buckthorn, the Carden Alvar is a key target for biodiversity within the Great Lakes.

What you will be doing

You’ll be teamed up with a knowledgeable leader to guide you through butterfly identification, biology and conservation, and help to collect valuable data about the butterfly diversity of the area. Groups will carpool to various sites and hike approximately 2-3 km over variable terrain throughout the day. No previous experience is necessary.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2019 Carden Butterfly Count:
1. Help collect valuable data about butterfly diversity.
2. Get up close and personal with butterflies.
3. Learn from knowledgeable naturalists about butterfly life-cycles, habitats, ecological impact and conservation.
4. Spend the day in this spectacular natural area, surrounded by wildflowers and friendly faces. 5. Did we mention butterflies?


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Please Note

The North American Butterfly Association requests a $4 donation per participant. We will be happy to collect this donation from you at the beginning of the event and pass it along to NABA on your behalf.

Each team will be provided with several nets, hand lenses, ID guides and detailed maps. However, if you have your own supplies please bring them!
Since butterflies are most active in sunshine, this event will only proceed if rain is unlikely in the forecast.
Children are welcome but please note that this event is typically a long, hot day, and may not be suitable for 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

NCC is pleased to be partnering again with naturalist Bob Bowles, the founding President of the Carden Field Naturalists and the Eastern Canada Coordinator for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).

NCC would like to thank the Couchiching Conservancy for their ongoing partnership in the Carden Alvar.

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
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Butterfly nets (optional)
  • Hand lenses (optional)
  • Butterfly ID guides(optional)
  • binoculars (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications