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Butterfly and Dragonfly Annual Count

Celebrating 25 Years July 23rd and 24th 2022

  • Concession Road 10

Service Description

The annual Carden Alvar Butterfly and Dragonfly will be coming up on July 23 and 24, 2022 celebrating its 25th Anniversary. We have Bob Bowles to thank for his continued dedication and commitment to this program, from organizing teams behind the scenes to helping beginners identify these beautiful creatures. The counts provide important information about the health of these beautiful insects and the condition of our environment. Dragonflies and butterflies are a key part of the food chain as predators and prey and are essential pollinators. Teams of 2-4 people are assigned a section of the Carden Alvar circle, just east of Orillia. Data entry sheets and ID guides for the varying species are given to each team. The guide lists the butterflies and dragonflies found on the Alvar making it a little easier for beginners. Each team has an experienced 'team captain' to ensure proper identification is made. This information is tallied and submitted to the North American Butterfly Counts for Eastern Canada. Overnight camping is made available at the Nature Centre for those traveling any distance. A trophy, along with bragging rights, is awarded to the team that observes the most species. These activities are great for all ages, from children wanting to see and learn about butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies to naturalists who have a passion for sustaining our environment. From novices in the field to biodiversity scientists, all are welcome. It is a wonderful opportunity to make a genuine contribution. Please mark your calendars for this very special, fun and educational weekend and send us an email at for more information and to register.

Upcoming Sessions

Contact Details

  • 1296 Concession Road 10, Brechin, Ramara, Ontario, Canada


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