Carden Alvar Butterfly Count

Event Details

July 29th, 2016, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Carden Alvar - Carden Recreation Centre, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

Do butterflies send your heart aflutter? Spend the day with knowledgeable lepidopterists and help to record the butterfly diversity in the globally rare habitat of the Carden Alvar during the 19th annual 2016 Butterfly Count. No previous experience required.

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!

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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

Participants will be teamed up with an expert to learn about butterfly identification, biology and conservation, and help to collect valuable data about the butterfly diversity of the Carden Alvar. No previous experience is necessary.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2016 Carden Butterfly Count: 1. Help collect valuable data about the butterfly diversity of this globally rare habitat. 2. Get up close and personal with butterflies 3. Learn from knowledgeable naturalists about butterfly identification, biology and conservation. 4. Spend the day in the spectacular Carden Alvar, surrounded by wildflowers and birdsong 5. Did we mention butterflies?


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Please Note

$4.00 Fee/participant (This fee goes to the North American Butterfly Association) Each team will be provided with several butterfly nets, hand lenses, butterfly 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 butterflies 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.

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

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NCC is also 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. Bob launched the Carden butterfly and dragonfly counts in the mid-1990s.

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:

  • Close-toed footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Butterfly nets
  • Hand lenses
  • Butterfly ID guides
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch