On this morning visit to the Blakeney Rapids, we will look for the endangered Rapids Clubtail dragonfly which has an isolated population on this stretch of the Mississippi River. We will also be looking at other dragonflies and damselflies. We also hope to spend some time looking at butterflies to help people prepare for the Manion Corners Butterfly Count coming up on July 8.
Meet at the parking area for the Blakeney Rapids Park, just west of the Blakeney Road bridge over the Mississippi River, on Saturday, June 17 th at 9:30 am. We’ll probably finish up around noon.
This is an area with good trails but it is rocky and some of the trails are a bit rough for someone with mobility restrictions. We’ll be walking less than 2 km.
For further information contact Ken Allison 613-256-4283
Bring: Water, insect repellent, sun protection, hat, binoculars, camera, and field guides. There is long grass here. Protect yourself from ticks. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and tuck your pants into your socks.
Directions: From Almonte travel north west along Martin Street North (Milano’s Pizza is on the corner, runs past the high school) for about 5.5 km. Turn left at the stop sign and follow Blakeney Road and follow through the village until you cross the bridge over the Mississippi River. Immediately after the bridge turn right into the parking lot.
Facilities: Parking is free and there are no admission costs or donation boxes. There is a picnic table at the site, but no washrooms, stores, or restaurants. Valuables should be locked out of sight in your car or carried with you.