Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count

Event Details

July 6th, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Minesing Wetlands (Barrie), Ontario
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A flash of colour catches your eye, a thrum of wingbeats whooshes past. Is it a bird? Is it a helicopter? It’s a dragonfly!  Get to know these stunning insects while you help NCC monitor the dragonfly diversity of the Minesing Wetlands during the 2017 Dragonfly Count.

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 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

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

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2017 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 knowledgeable naturalists about dragonfly identification, biology and conservation.
4. Spend the day in the spectacular Carden Alvar, surrounded by wildflowers and birdsong
5. Did we mention dragonflies?


Contact Brittany Hope: Brittany.Hope@natureconservancy,ca

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 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..
Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.
*New in 2017* Attend two NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017, and at your second event, you will receive an awesome NCC buff. It’s great for protection from the sun, bugs, cold, rain, and dare we say it’s also great for looking fabulous in the field!

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

A special thank-you goes to Bob Bowles and Chris Evans, both longtime NCC volunteers and dedicated local naturalists, 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.

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NCC would also like to thank the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) for granting access onto their lands to hunt for dragonflies and damselflies. NVCA is a valuable partner to NCC and has made incredible accomplishments in the protection and stewardship of the Minesing Wetlands.

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
  • Raingear
  • Dragonfly nets
  • Hand lenses
  • Dragonfly ID guides
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch