Bioblitz 2015 – Summary

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Summary by Sheila Kuja and Cheryl Anderson

2015-BioblitzOn Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21 experts from Prince Edward County and across Ontario lead teams of volunteers and the interested public through the Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area in an effort to catalogue birds, insects, plants, amphibians and reptiles.  We collected a lot of information and offered an educational opportunity for the public.  Approximately 54 people attended including some family groups.

A “base camp” for registration, information and meals was established on Simpson Rd. south of Army Reserve Rd.  A “site camp” was established at Army Reserve Rd. and Charwell Point Rd. Rd.  Leaders took participants on information gathering hikes on Simpson Rd., MNR Rd., Lighthall Rd, and Charwell Point Rd.  Portable toilettes and water stations were stationed on Simpson Rd. and at the Charwell Point Rd. corner.

Activities and results included:

  • Butterfly collecting with nets, identification and release.  Twenty-six species of Butterflies were identified.
  • Moth collecting, identification and release.  Fifteen species of Moths were identified.
  • Also seen were 16 species of Dragonflies and Damselflies.
  • Twenty other insect species were identified.
  • Pond dipping and subsequent identification using dissecting microscopes yielding 212 “pond creatures” of 18 species, as well as 5 species of minnow.
  • Marsh monitoring – identifying species by call – birds, reptiles and amphibians were identified and are listed in other bullets.
  • Reptile and amphibian observation. Five species of Reptiles and six species of Amphibians were identified.
  • Hikes to identify plants (over 220 species), birds (75 species), lichens (15 species)
  • One slime mold was found.
  • Six mammal species were recorded.

Perhaps the most interesting sighting was a carrion beetle carrying off a young dead Garter snake.

Carrion Beetle

We also found a Shining Ladies Tresses Orchid and several other birds and reptiles on the Species at Risk list.

shining laddies tresses

All records will be collated and a report prepared.  This is the second annual Bioblitz held in the Prince Edward County South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area.  Through Bioblitzes and Biothons (weekly outings) Prince Edward County Field Naturalists plan to prepare a comprehensive record of the natural environment of the IBA.

For information:  Sheila Kuja



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