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2023 Field Trips

Friday, June 9, 9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. and Saturday, June 10, 7 a.m. to open moth traps
Leader: Alan Macnaughton
Location: Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre and Arboretum, 237897 Inglis Falls Road, RR 4, Owen Sound (note: do not confuse this location with the nearby Inglis Falls Conservation Area). We are partnering with Owen Sound Field Naturalists for this event. Alan will be giving a talk on moths for their club the previous night. The moth night will start with viewing and releasing moths captured the night before. Both light and bait will be used to attract moths. We will want to identify and record the moths as they arrive, perhaps by uploading observations to the www.iNaturalist.ca website -- it can identify observations to species with at least 90% accuracy. Last year's moth night was a wild evening with close to 100 species, including 7 species of the charismatic sphinx moths. This year we are holding the event in mid-June, prime season for silk moths -- the largest moths in our area. Bring either phones or regular cameras. To register so we can contact you if there is any change in plans: John Dickson, jwdickso@gmail.com).

Saturday, July 1. 9 a.m.
Co-ordinator: 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 Tom Mason at 9 a.m. 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. Contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784) cking8000@gmail.com if you plan to participate.

Tuesday, July 25, 8:30 p.m. (rain date Thurs. July 27)
HIGH PARK MOTH NIGHT We are holding this event as a National Moth Week event (July 22-30). Registration is required. This is a joint outing with the High Park Nature Centre.  Members of the public are invited to join Gary Yankech for an evening of moth identification.  Karen Yukich and other TEA members will be there to help.  High Park has an amazing number of moths, with over 1,000 species recorded there. This outing is especially good for children - bring the whole family!  No collecting.  Bring insect containers, a flashlight, moth guides if you have them. Meet at the High Park Nature Centre. For more information contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784),  cking8000@gmail.com

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
Leader: Gary Yankech
See this link for details and to register for the event. Registration is required.

Sunday, Aug. 13. 10 a.m.  NOTE THE CHANGE: We have moved to the rain date because the forecast for Saturday is for solid rain.

SPIDERS OF BLACKWATER (Beaver Creek) Leader: Pierre Robillard

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.

Easy walking.  Everyone welcome. Bring insect containers, nets, hand lens, guides, sunscreen, water and lunch. Meet on the road shoulder where Beaver Creek flows under Hwy 12 just south of Blackwater (40 km north of Whitby).

Other TEA members will be there to assist.
Contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784, cking8000@gmail.com) if you plan to participate.