Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count 2018 – NEW DATE

Event Details

July 8th, 2018, 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Alderville Black Oak Savanna (Alderville), Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

**Please note that this event has been rescheduled from June 23 to July 8 due to rain.

Get to know some of the winged wonders of the rare grassland and savanna habitats of the Rice Lake Plains! By collecting butterfly observations, you will contribute to a better understanding of the biodiversity on Rice Lake Plains, and help to identify where conservation efforts for butterfly species, an indicator of tallgrass prairie habitats, need to be focused.  This will be an official North American Butterfly Association butterfly count presented by the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative (RLPJI). The RLPJI is a partnership of local people, conservation groups and government agencies, all of whom share a vision: a landscape of protected, restored and sustainably managed tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems amid well-stewarded farmland, forest, wetland and riparian habitats of the Rice Lake Plains region.

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.

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About Alderville Black Oak Savanna (Alderville)

The Rice Lake Plains Natural Area is 47,779 hectare (118,065 ac.) of land located in Central Ontario on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Natural Area borders Rice Lake, and includes the Alderville black oak savanna. Holding globally significant tracts of black oak savanna and some of the largest communities of kame moraine forest, tall grass prairie and savannah ecosystems in Ontario, the area is extremely diverse, home to species such as the eastern meadowlark, tri-colored bat and milksnake. The prairie and savanna ecosystems are of particular conservation concern, as less than 3% of these North American habitats remain.

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 Rice Lake Plains. No previous experience is necessary. Participants will be put into teams in the morning leaving from Hazel Bird Nature Reserve. From there, carpooling is arranged and teams embark on their adventure in the Rice Lake Plains. Please be prepared to walk approximately 3 km over various terrain. Maps, guides and data sheets are provided.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2018 Rice Lake Plains 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 Rice Lake Plains, surrounded by globally rare tallgrass prairie and birdsong 5. Did we mention butterflies?


Contact Val Deziel: Val.Deziel@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

Be prepared to hike 3 km over various terrain. Additional event details, including directions and parking instructions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
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
  • Raingear
  • Butterfly net (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Field Guides (optional)
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook
  • Clipboard (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch