Rice Lake Plains Butterfly Count

Event Details

June 24th, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM

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

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. Your butterfly observations will contribute to a better understanding of the biodiversity on Rice Lake Plains. It will help to identify where conservation efforts for butterfly species, an indicator of tallgrass prairie habitats, need to be focused.

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. 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

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.

Why you will love it

Let’s count up the reasons to join the 2017 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

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!
Attend four NCC Conservation Volunteer events in 2017 and at your fourth event you will receive an awesome NCC t-shirt.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
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
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Field Guide
  • Pencil/Pen
  • Notebook
  • Clipboard
  • 1 Litre of water in a reusable bottle
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray