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Butterflies

Led by Dr. Linda Gilkeson, participants will learn how to identify butterflies and how to collect and record data.   Other activities will include a 5-month butterfly count here on SSI.  Data collected will increase information about butterflies on SSI.  Each participant will receive Butterflies of BC by John Acorn and Ian Sheldon, (reference text) and a butterfly net.  Project members must agree to fully participate in all activities and be, or become, a member of the Conservancy.

A Citizen Science Initiative

First Meeting:

Presentation of project background and planned activities. Basic butterfly identification and introduction to native bee groups. There will be a final public presentation of the overall project in September or Oct 2017.     Date: Tuesday April 4

Time: 9-12:30pm

Location: 265 Blackburn Rd

Follow-up Activities:

Counts will take place on natural landscapes on SSI including Conservancy nature reserves (Blackburn Lake, Andreas Vogt, and Manzanita Ridge). Each volunteer will monitor one location, walking a route determined for each area.

Butterfly Counts will take place between the third Sat of each month to the following Sunday during the months of May, June, July, August and Sept. Each count will take approximately 1-2 hours.

For more information, or to express your commitment and interest contact susan@saltspringconservancy.ca

Frittilary spp. Butterfly Photo by David Borrowman

Painted Lady Butterfly Photo by Mike Yip

Fledgling Barn Swallow Photo by Laura Matthias

Befriending Birds Timeline

Lead by Veronica Norbury, MSc in Biology, this project will increase the number of trained birders to help survey and collect data about birds, especially Species at Risk on SSI. Surveys will be conducted at SSIC nature reserves and identified hotspots for local Species at Risk. The project activities include formal basic birding training (auditory and visual identification), instruction on reporting protocols, field trips and a public presentation about the project.  Two groups of volunteers will be involved. Experienced birders will team up with new birders.  Project members must agree to fully participate in all activities and be or become a member of the Conservancy. For more information, or to express your commitment and interest, contact susan@saltspringconservancy.ca.

Training Session 1: Birding 101

Date: Saturday, March 18th

Location: Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve

Time: 10am-3pm

Activities:

-Morning classroom session (PowerPoint presentation, training packages, introduction to survey methodology and data entry)

-Afternoon in-field practice (visual/auditory identification, habitat associations)

Objectives: Provide new birders with tools for self-directed learning of birdsong, visual identification, and habitat associations. This will allow time to practice before in-field training in the early spring.

Training Session 2: Birding by Song and Sight (Experienced birders welcome)

Date: Saturday, April 1st

Location: Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve

Time: 7am-12pm

Activities:

-Full morning of in-field training (practice songbird point counts, waterbird surveys)

Objectives: Practice field methodology, assist new birders with identification, explore nature reserves and point count locations.

Training Session 3: Birding by Song and Sight (Experienced birders welcome)

Date: Saturday, April 29th

Location: TBD

Time: 6am-11am

Activities:

-Full morning of in-field training (practice songbird point counts, waterbird surveys)

Objectives: Practice field methodology, assist new birders with identification, explore nature reserves and point count locations.

 

Field Surveys (pair each new birder with an experienced birder)

Dates:

-May 8th– May 15th; June 5th-12th

(Volunteer teams choose 1 morning within each time period)

Time: Dawn-10am

Activity:

Each team will conduct point counts at their designated nature reserve within the dates posted above

-Each nature reserve will have 3-5 point count stations

-Some reserves may have a waterbird survey component (Blackburn Lake)

-Each team will follow the same survey methodology and keep consistent records

Objectives:

  • Inventory passerine and waterbird species at select nature reserves (number of reserves will depend on the number of volunteers)
  • Monitor changes in species composition throughout the breeding season

June/July:

-Summarize data

-Project Presentation at Art and Nature Fest in July? (Interactive poster presentation…)

Birding photos by Simon Henson 2017