Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count 2019

Event Details

June 22nd, 2019, 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

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

Get to know some of the winged wonders at the Rice Lake Plains’ unique grassland and savannah habitats! Your butterfly observations will contribute to a better understanding of the biodiversity in this area, and help to identify where butterfly conservation efforts are needed most. This will be an official North American Butterfly Association event presented by the Rice Lake Plains Partnership. The Rice Lake Plains Partnership is a collaborative of local people, conservation groups and government agencies, all of whom strive to preserve and maintain the ecology in this region.

If you’re interested in carpooling with other volunteers (driving, or catching a ride) please click here. Happy travels!

Please email the event contact to join the waiting list.

More Information

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

You will learn from an expert about butterfly identification, biology and conservation, and help collect valuable data about the butterfly diversity of the Rice Lake Plains. No previous experience is necessary. In the morning, you’ll be split up into teams at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna site. 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 2019 Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count:
1. Help collect critical data about the butterfly diversity of this globally unique habitat.
2. Get up close and personal with butterflies.
3. Learn from knowledgeable naturalists about butterfly life-cycles, habitats, ecological impacts and conservation.
4. Spend the day in the spectacular Rice Lake Plains, surrounded by beautiful tall grass prairie.
5. Did we mention butterflies?


Contact Val Deziel: Val.Deziel@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

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:

  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Long pants
  • Long shirt
  • Layers of clothing (light sweater and jacket)
  • Sun hat
  • Rain gear
  • Butterfly net (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Field Guides (optional)
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook
  • Clipboard (optional)
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Any necessary medication