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2020 Field Trips



July 17, 2020. At this point it appears that there will not be any TEA field trips this summer because of the COVID-19 situation. Email the TEA if there are questions.





2019 Field Trips

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.

(List last updated September 8, 2019)


Monday, July 1, 9 a.m.
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