Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies are “on the wing” in the month of June. Identifying and photographing these beautiful creatures is a wonderful way to spend an early summer afternoon. Over 170 species of dragonflies and damselflies have been recorded in Ontario and almost 80 species of butterflies have been identified in the Kawarthas. How many of these are to be found in the fields and fen along Ballyduff Trails? Begin to build your list. It could be an obsession as you spot them on the roadsides and in your own backyard throughout the summer months. Not to be overlooked, of course, will be the wonderful woodland and meadow blossoms on which these local delights like to alight.
Your Guide: Colin Jones – is a lifelong naturalist and is the Provincial Arthropod Zoologist at the Natural Heritage Information Centre, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in Peterborough where he deals primarily with rare species. Like many naturalists, Colin first developed a keen interest in birds and birding but this interest gradually grew into other areas. He is coordinator of the Ontario Odonata Atlas, co-coordinator of the Ontario Butterfly Atlas and is the co-author of two field guides “A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Algonquin Provincial Park and Surrounding Area”, now in its 2nd edition and the “Royal Ontario Museum Field Guide to the Butterflies of Ontario.”
12 noon: Welcome & Orientation at lunch - South Pond Barn
1:00 p.m. Aquatic insects around the Pond
1:30 p.m. Trail walk – dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies
4:00 p.m. Cool refreshments and wrap-up
Essential: weather-proof clothing and footwear.
Optional: binoculars, insect net and camera. Copies of Colin’s two field guides will be available for purchase..