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2022 Field Trips

Friday, July 1, 2022. 9 a.m.
TEA TORONTO EAST BUTTERFLY COUNT
Co-ordinator: Carolyn King. Bone up on your ID skills and help count butterflies in the Rouge or Don Valley. This is an official NABA count, with a participation fee; the TEA will pay the fee for members. For those counting in the Rouge, meet Tom Mason at 9 a.m. at the Pearse House.  From Sheppard Ave go north on Meadowvale Rd; take the exit to the Toronto Zoo but turn RIGHT at the first turn and park along the side of the road. Bring nets, containers, lunch and water. No collecting in the Rouge. Contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784) cking8000@gmail.com  if you plan to participate.

Tuesday, July 19, 9 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. and Wed. July 20, 7 a.m. to open Moth traps
OWEN SOUND MOTH NIGHT
Leader: Alan Macnaughton
Location: Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre and Arboretum, 237897 Inglis Falls Road, RR 4, Owen Sound (note: do not confuse this location with the nearby Inglis Falls Conservation Area). We are partnering with Owen Sound Field Naturalists for this event. We will try to follow whatever covid-19 precautions apply at that time. The event will start with viewing and releasing moths captured the night before. Both light and bait will be used to attract moths. We will want to identify and record the moths as they arrive, perhaps by uploading observations to the www.iNaturalist.ca website -- it can identify observations to species with at least 90% accuracy. Last year we recorded 65 species. Bring either phones or regular cameras. To register so we can contact you if there is any change in plans: John Dickson, jwdickso@gmail.com).

Monday, July 25, 8 pm - 9:30 pm
DOWNSVIEW PARK MOTH NIGHT
Leader: Gary Yankech
See this link for details and to register for the event. Registration is required.


Tuesday, July 26, 8:15 p.m. (rain date July 28) HIGH PARK MOTH NIGHT We are holding this event as a National Moth Week event (July 23-31).  This is a joint outing with the High Park Nature Centre.  Members of the public are invited to join Dave Beadle and Gary Yankech for an evening of moth-catching and identification.  Karen Yukich and other TEA members will be there to help. High Park has an amazing number of moths, with over 1,000 species recorded there last year. This outing is especially good for children - bring the whole family!  No collecting.  Bring insect containers, a flashlight, moth guides if you have them. Registration is required (https://highparknaturecentre.campbrainregistration.com/). Meet at the High Park Nature Centre. For more information contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784),  cking8000@gmail.com 

Saturday August 13, 2022. 10 a.m.
SPIDERS OF BLACKWATER (Beaver Creek)
Leader: Tom Mason. This has been a popular outing for a number of years. We have found many species, from infinitesimal spiderlings to large Fishing Spiders. The Beaver Creek rail trail has a wealth of habitats for all kinds of insects and spiders. Streams, ponds, bridges, weedy vegetation: all the places spiders like to be.Easy walking.  Everyone welcome. Bring insect containers, nets, hand lens, guides, sunscreen, water and lunch. Meet on the road shoulder where Beaver Creek flows under Hwy 12 just south of Blackwater (40 km north of Whitby).Contact Carolyn King (905-720-2784) cking8000@gmail.com  if you plan to participate.

Friday, Sept. 2, 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Also Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 a.m. to open moth traps. Come to just one event or both.
WATERLOO REGION MOTH NIGHT
Leader: Alan Macnaughton, Kitchener Location: a private property near Wellesley, Ontario (just west of Kitchener). We are partnering with Waterloo Region Nature for this event. The event will start with viewing and releasing moths captured the night before. Both light and bait will be used to attract moths on the Friday evening. We will want to identify and record the moths as they arrive, perhaps by uploading observations to the www.iNaturalist.ca website -- it can identify observations to species with at least 90% accuracy. Bring either phones or regular cameras. Register in advance with Alan (amacnaug@uwaterloo.ca).

 

2021 Field Trips

Wednesday, July 28, 8:30 pm to 10 pm. HIGH PARK MOTH NIGHT. In partnership with High Park Nature Centre. Registration in advance is required: because of covid, there are only a limited number of spots. Full writeup:
- High Park is lucky enough to be home to many incredible moths! As most moths are nocturnal, this special edition High Park Summer Hike will take place in the evening to maximize moth-viewing opportunities. Members of the Toronto Entomologists' Association will also be on hand to share their knowledge. There will be a short presentation with a City of Toronto Forest Health Care professional who will share knowledge about the LDD moth, the caterpillars of which have been stripping trees across Ontario and Quebec bare this season. Join us to find out more about magnificent moths and help us find as many varieties as we can! This program is family friendly.

Wed. Aug 4, 9 – 11:15 p.m. and Thurs. Aug 5, 7 a.m. to open Moth traps INTRODUCTION TO HOW TO ATTRACT AND IDENTIFY MOTHS. Leader: Alan Macnaughton
Location: Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre and Arboretum 237897 Inglis Falls Road, RR 4, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5N6. We are partnering with Owen Sound Field Naturalists for this event. Note that we will try to follow COVID-19 precautions as much as is practical, including masks and social distancing. Alan Macnaughton has good equipment and techniques for attracting moths, and he can show other people how to do it. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn various methods of attracting moths -- both light and bait. Bring cameras or phones for taking pictures and perhaps some transparent pill bottles to temporarily capture the moths for handing around to others before they are released. Phones are often best because they may have an internet connection to allow uploading observations to the www.iNaturalist.ca website for automated (image recognition software) species identification. If you have one, bring the Peterson Field Guide to the Moths of Northeastern North America. One of the lights is bright and you may want sunglasses when looking near it. To register - please contact John Dickson: jwdickso@gmail.com

Saturday August 14, 10 a.m. SPIDERS OF BLACKWATER (Beaver Creek) Leader: Tom Mason
We are pleased to be returning to Blackwater for this popular long-running trip. Note that we will try to follow COVID-19 precautions as much as is practical, including masks and social distancing. We have found many species here, from infinitesimal spiderlings to large Fishing Spiders. The Beaver Creek rail trail has a wealth of habitats for all kinds of insects and spiders. Streams, ponds, bridges, weedy vegetation: all the places spiders like to be. Easy walking along the level open trail. Everyone welcome. Bring insect containers, nets, hand lens, guides, sunscreen, water and lunch. Hats and masks are recommended. Meet on the road shoulder where Beaver Creek flows under Hwy 12 just south of Blackwater (40 km north of Whitby). Call Carolyn King, cking8000@gmail.com (phone 905-720-2784) if you plan to participate.

Monday August 16. MOTH NIGHT AT DOWNSVIEW PARK. Leader: Gary Yankech. This event, which is a joint event with Downsview Park, is now fully subscribed. See eventbrite description

 

 

 

2019 Field Trips (2020 field trips were cancelled)

The TEA conducts a number of field trips over the summer. Everyone is welcome. There is no fee. The field trips are held in locations in Toronto itself and in the rest of Ontario. Most trips require pre-registration so that we can contact those who wish to participate in case the trip is not held due to rain or other unfavorable conditions.

The field trips include the Canada Day Butterfly counts for the North American Butterfly Association, surveys of particular habitats to assess the insect fauna, and visits to favourite places to re-familiarize ourselves with, and introduce visitors to, old friends.

Monday, July 1, 9 a.m.
TEA TORONTO EAST BUTTERFLY COUNT
Contact: Carolyn King
Bone up on your ID skills and help count butterflies in the Rouge or Don Valley. This is an official NABA count, with a participation fee; the TEA will pay the fee for members. For those counting in the Rouge, meet at the Pearse House. From Sheppard Ave go north on Meadowvale Rd; take the exit to the Toronto Zoo but turn RIGHT at the first turn and park along the side of the road. Bring nets, containers, lunch and water. No collecting in the Rouge. Call Carolyn King, cking8000@gmail.com (phone 905-720-2784) if you plan to participate.

 

Tuesday, July 23, 8:15 p.m. HIGH PARK MOTH NIGHT Leaders: Dave Beadle, Steve LaForest

This is a joint outing with the High Park Nature Centre. Members of the public are invited to join TEA members Dave Beadle, Steve LaForest, Carolyn King, and Karen Yukich for an evening of moth-catching and identification. Meet at the benches across from the Grenadier restaurant at 8:15 pm. A donation of $2-$5 per person is suggested. This outing is especially good for children - bring the whole family! No collecting. Bring insect containers, a flashlight, and moth guides if you have them. For more information, contact Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or cking8000@gmail.com

 

Saturday August 10, 10 a.m. SPIDERS OF BLACKWATER (Beaver Creek) Leader: Tom Mason

This has been a popular outing for a number of years. We have found many species, from infinitesimal spiderlings to large Fishing Spiders. The Beaver Creek rail trail has a wealth of habitats for all kinds of insects and spiders. Streams, ponds, bridges, weedy vegetation: all the places spiders like to be. Easy walking. Everyone is welcome. Bring water, sunscreen, lunch and, if you have them, insect containers and a hand lens. Meet on the road shoulder where Beaver Creek flows under Hwy 12 just south of Blackwater (40 km north of Whitby). For more information, contact Carolyn King at 905-720-2784 or cking8000@gmail.com

 

 

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