Discover Dragonflies & Butterflies, June 23

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  • Start date:
    June 23, 2018, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    June 23, 2018, 2:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd.

This event is sponsored by Gilligallou Bird Inc., Eastern Ontario’s Backyard Birding Specialty Store. Just click on the logo to visit their website.

On Saturday, June 23rd, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is providing an opportunity to Discover Dragonflies and Butterflies.  Bring binoculars, waterproof boots and an insect net if you have one.  By late June adults of many species of these insects should be flying at High Lonesome Nature Reserve which provides a wide range of habitats.

There are over 120 species of dragonflies (including damselflies) and over 100 species of butterflies in eastern Ontario. Of course, not all of these can find suitable habitats at High Lonesome, but there should be lots of different kinds to see.

Dragonflies and damselflies are aquatic animals as nymphs, so they rely on wetlands for breeding. There are several beaver ponds, marshes and swamps at High Lonesome Nature Reserve so most of the dragonflies and damselflies we can expect to see will be those that breed in still water, but these include many beautiful and interesting species.

The distribution of each species of butterfly is limited to the range of its host plants. The wide range of habitats at High Lonesome means that there are many plant species present to provide opportunities for a wide range of butterfly species.

Be ready to be surprised by the beauty of these small creatures and learn a little about how High Lonesome provides a home for so many.  You’ll spend two hours wandering the trails of this gem of a nature preserve, observing the High Lonesome dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.  Led by local ecologist and nature enthusiast Ken Allison, who has been studying these insects for over 30 years after being introduced to them by his children.

High Lonesome Nature Reserve is one of seven properties conserved by the Land Trust.  Over 2,600 acres of ecological significant land in eastern Ontario have now been protected by MMLT, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Registration for this event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on June 23rd and we’ll head out by 10:30.  Admission is $10.  Waterproof footwear is recommended because we will be walking around wetland edges part of the time.

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.