Clip the Tansy, Catch the Butterfly!

Event Details

July 4th, 2018, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Ghost Horse Hills (Redwater), Alberta
Inventories and Monitoring

Join us at the Ghost Horse Hills property where we will combine bright coloured weeds with bright coloured butterflies. Although the escaped ornamental tansy is almost as charismatic as butterflies, this invasive plant can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. Once the tansy patch has been wrangled under control, we will turn our attention to the friendly fluttering butterflies.

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About Ghost Horse Hills (Redwater)

This 109 hectare (270 ac.) property is located within Westlock County, roughly 65 km north of Edmonton and 27 km northwest of the Town of Redwater, and is adjacent to the 323 hectare (800 ac.) Halfmoon Lake Provincial Natural Area. Made up of native deciduous and old growth boreal forests, mixed grasslands and riparian wetlands, the area provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including wood frog, evening grosbeak, Canadian lynx, elk and the threatened western grebe. NCC has partnered with the Rainbow Equitation Society and the Pioneer Trail North Foundation to help ensure the long-term stewardship of this unique project.

What you will be doing

The morning will be spent cutting the heads off tansy, an escaped ornamental plant that is invasive in our local ecosystems. Afterwards, volunteers will run and catch butterflies, unharmed, with nets. Our expert on site will help identify the species found and we will report this data to eButterfly, a North American citizen science powered database.

Why you will love it

Our expert lepidopterists (butterfly enthusiast) Jaimee and Loney, will be on site to help identify the captured butterflies. Who doesn't love learning a thing or two about these charismatic insects!


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Please Note

All tools and equipment will be provided, along with drinks and extra snacks. Please bring a lunch with you. Additional information will be sent to you after you have registered for the event.

Event will go rain or shine, however the presence of butterflies is dependent on the weather.

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
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
  • Rain gear
  • Lunch
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Any necessary medication