Carden Alvar Dragonfly Count 2019

Event Details

July 25th, 2019, 9:15 AM - 4:30 PM

Carden Alvar - Carden Recreation Centre, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

Do you have a need for speed? Dust off your fastest hiking shoes and spend the day with some of the insect-world’s swiftest fliers. Help monitor the dragonfly diversity in the globally rare habitat of the Carden Alvar Natural Area during our 22nd annual Dragonfly 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

Learn from the experts about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation and help to collect valuable data about the dragonfly diversity in the region. Teams 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 Dragonfly Count:
1. Help collect valuable data about the dragonfly diversity.
2. Get up close and personal with dragonflies.
3. Learn from knowledgeable naturalists about dragonfly 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 dragonflies?


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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 are most active and visible 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 this event is typically a long, hot day, and may not be suitable for some younger children.

People of all fitness levels can participate
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. Bob launched the Carden butterfly and dragonfly counts in the mid-1990s. Many thanks to our leaders for sharing their expertise with our volunteers.

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
  • Dragonfly nets (optional)
  • Hand lenses (optional)
  • Dragonfly ID guides (optional)
  • binoculars (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medications