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Mississippi River at Pakenham

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Jim Ronson, a local Field Naturalist and Butterfly expert, is organizing a Butterfly Count day on Thursday, June 26, at 9:30. The count is centered on Murphy’s Point Provincial Park and extends to a radius of 24 KM. The area includes the Perth Wildlife Reserve but it does not overlap with the traditional count done at Manion Corners.

MVFN supports this event and we are asking our membership to participate in this important event, as a way to collect important butterfly species population data for our area and equally important, a way to increase the public’s knowledge of butterflies and their identification.

Susan Wilkes butterfly (1280x867)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Admiral butterfly photo courtesy Susan Wilkes

 

Kens monarch

Monarch butterfly photo Ken Allison

Jim is looking for a number of the participants familiar with butterfly identification in our region as well as people who are willing to assist others during the day with identification. Participants should bring a net and field guide. The results will be sent to the North American  Butterfly Association which is conducting their 8th year of a continent wide census.

Jim Ronson butterfly count (1280x960)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo Jim Ronson

If cold or rain results in a delay, then all will be notified and the count will take place on June 27.

Please contact Jim Ronson at or 613-264-1937 if you are interested in participating.

 

 

 

 

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