The TEA conducts a number of field trips over the summer. Everyone is welcome. There is no fee. The field trips are held in locations in Toronto itself and in the rest of Ontario. Most trips require pre-registration so that we can contact those who wish to participate in case the trip is not held due to rain or other unfavorable conditions.
The field trips include the Canada Day Butterfly counts for the North American Butterfly Association, surveys of particular habitats to assess the insect fauna, and visits to favourite places to re-familiarize ourselves with, and introduce visitors to, old friends.
(list last updated April 10)
Saturday, July 1, 9 a.m.
TEA TORONTO EAST BUTTERFLY COUNT
Contact (tentative): Carolyn King
Bone up on your ID skills and help count butterflies in the Rouge or Don Valley. This is an official NABA count, with a participation fee; the TEA will pay the fee for members. For those counting in the Rouge, meet at the Pearse House. From Sheppard Ave go north on Meadowvale Rd; take the exit to the Toronto Zoo but turn RIGHT at the first turn and park along the side of the road. Bring nets, containers, lunch and water. No collecting in the Rouge. Call Carolyn King, email@example.com (phone 905-720-2784) if you plan to participate.
Saturday June 18, 10:00 a.m.
EARLY SUMMER BUTTERFLIES, LISTOWEL
Leader: Glenn Richardson
TEA President Glenn Richardson has a comprehensive knowledge of the butterfly habitats around his native Listowel home. He will show us around some of his favourite trails, meadows and quarries. With his remarkable ability to spot caterpillars and eggs, Glenn can introduce us to stages of our butterflies we haven’t observed before. Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, insect repellent. More details to come. For more information, contact Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m.
DRAGONFLIES & DAMSELFLIES (Minesing Wetlands)
Leader: Richard Aaron
This all-day field trip (finishing around 4:00-4:30 p.m.) is a great opportunity to work on your odonate identification skills. In this seventh year of our popular odonate workshop, we will be visting an exciting new location, Minesing Wetands near Barrie. Local expert dragonhunter Chris Evans will show us all the best spots. We can expect to see 12-15 species of damselflies and 18-20 species of dragonflies. We may find special ones like Hine's Emerald (the only location in Ontario!), Rainbow Bluet, Eastern Red Damsel, Blue-tipped Dancer, Ocellated Darner, Spiny Baskettail and Delta-spotted Spiketail. Directions will be given to those who register. Please register with Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or email@example.com.
Thursday, July 28, 8:15 p.m.
HIGH PARK MOTH NIGHT
Leaders: Dave Beadle, Steve LaForest
This is a joint outing with the High Park Nature Centre. Members of the public are invited to join TEA members Dave Beadle, Steve LaForest, Carolyn King, and Karen Yukich for an evening of moth- catching and identification. A $2 donation is suggested. Meet at the benches across from the Grenadier restaurant at 8:15 pm. This outing is especially good for children - bring the whole family! No collecting. Bring insect containers, a flashlight, moth guides if you have them. For more information, contact Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday August 13, 10 a.m.
SPIDERS OF BLACKWATER (Beaver Creek)
Leader: Tom Mason
This has been a popular outing for a number of years. We have found many species, from infinitesimal spiderlings to large Fishing Spiders. The Beaver Creek rail trail has a wealth of habitats for all kinds of insects and spiders. Streams, ponds, bridges, weedy vegetation: all the places spiders like to be. Bring insect containers, nets, hand lens, water and lunch. Meet on the road shoulder where Beaver Creek flows under Hwy 12 just south of Blackwater (40 km north of Whitby). For more information, contact Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or email@example.com.
[DATE TBD in August] 10 a.m.
BUTTERFLY FARM, MILLGROVE (near Burlington)
Host: Harry Hewick
Harry Hewick has raised thousands of butterflies on his farm west of Millgrove. He will give us a tour of his 80-foot greenhouse and butterfly gardens, and show us how he feeds and nurtures his many species of Lepidoptera. Depending on the season, we may expect to see Giant, Pipevine and Black Swallowtails, Monarchs, American Ladies, Commas, Promethea Moths and others. After lunch we plan to visit some nearby butterfly locations. Bring lunch, water and hand lens; nets, guides and insect containers for later. Directions will be given on registration. Please register with Carolyn King at 416-222-5736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader: Brenda Van Ryswyk
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Leader: Rod Parrott
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