Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count

Event Details

July 7th, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Minesing Wetlands - Fort Willow, Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

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 2016 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!

For more information about NCC’s work in the Minesing Wetlands, please visit our website.

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About Minesing Wetlands – Fort Willow

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 great blue heron and the endangered spotted turtle.

NCC acquired lands in Minesing Wetlands 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 Minesing Wetlands. No previous experience required.

Why you will love it

Hine’s emerald. Emerald Spreadwing. Azure Bluet. While this might sound like a jewelry catalogue, these are all entries on the Minesing Wetlands dragonfly list! These are just a few of the many species you could see during the 2016 Minesing Wetlands Dragonfly Count.


Contact Jennifer McCarter: ontario@conservationvolunteers.ca

Please Note

Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration. Please note that this event will be a long day and, while children are welcome, it may be more suitable for older children.

People of all fitness levels can participate
Out house/ bearbox
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.

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:

  • Long, loose pants
  • long-sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy, close-toed shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Dragonfly Net
  • Dragonfly Field Guides
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellant