Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count 2018 – RESCHEDULED

Event Details

June 23rd, 2018, 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (Gores Landing), Ontario
Inventories and Monitoring

**Please note that this event has been rescheduled from June 23 to July 8 due to rain (butterflies don’t fly in the rain, so there wouldn’t be many to count!). Please see the new event posting to register.

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. There’s also a wait list feature if there’s no car listed yet where you’re traveling from. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

About Hazel Bird Nature Reserve (Gores Landing)

This 118 hectare (292 ac.) nature reserve is found within the Rice Lake Plains Natural Area, just 10 km southeast of Gores Landing. Made up of tall grass prairie, sand barren oak woodlands and black oak savannah, this diverse landscape provides invaluable habitat for species such as the spring peeper, Big brown myotis, eastern hog-nosed snake and the endangered monarch butterfly and red-headed woodpecker.

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 Alderville Black Oak Savanna. 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 Guide (optional)
  • Clipboard (optional)
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch