The Beautiful Butterfly Search

Event Details

July 6th, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Waggle Springs (Shilo), Manitoba
Inventories and Monitoring

Help us find and identify the different butterflies that make their home in the prairies of Waggle Springs, one of NCC’s newest projects in Manitoba.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to citizen science and learn more about Manitoba’s butterflies!

If you’re interested in carpooling to the property with other volunteers, please click here. Happy travels!


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About Waggle Springs (Shilo)

Set on the banks of the Assiniboine River, this 754 acre (305 ha.) project is made up of a diverse range of landscapes, including mixed-grass prairie, wetlands and forests. The freshwater springs, in which the site is named after, provides habitat for the Northern leopard frog and round leaf monkey flower, while the continuous grasslands host at-risk prairie birds, such as the Sprague’s pipit and Eastern wood-pewee.

NCC acquired Waggle Springs 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

Volunteers will learn to catch butterflies, unharmed, with nets. We will identify the species found and report this data to eButterfly, a citizen science powered database.

Why you will love it

Who doesn't love butterflies! Even if you don't, this is a great chance to spend a relaxed afternoon exploring this beautiful site close to Brandon.


Contact Marika Olynyk:

Please Note

The date for the event is subject to change with weather. If you are registered, you will be notified in advance of any change. Additional event details, including directions, will be provided after registration.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided

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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 shoes
  • Long pants
  • Hat
  • Light layers of clothing
  • Water bottle
  • Any necessary medications
  • Sunscreen