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The Butterflies of Waterloo Region
Jessica Linton, 2012
This 42-page report on the butterfly populations of Waterloo Region (Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and area) is based on original field research conducted for this study as well as a compilation of 4,433 individual butterfly records over an 80-year period gathered from the TEA, museums, universities and private individuals.
The 4,433 records are analyzed in 3 ways:
In addition, Jessica reports on a quantitative analysis of the relative scarcity and abundance of the different butterfly species in 5 different urban vs. rural habitat types. This data was compiled by walking a pre-specified 500-metre path (transect) in 15 locations weekly for much of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
The paper is a condensed version of Jessica's thesis for the degree of Master of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, with a few updates for 2010 and 2011 records.
Jessica is with Natural Resources Solutions, Inc. (an environmental consulting firm in Waterloo). She has worked for Environment Canada on butterfly monitoring programs, and she developed such a program for the rare Charitable Research Reserve near Cambridge.