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Algonquin Park Dragonfly and Damselfly Count

Hello Fellow Dragon and Damsel Hunters,

This year's Algonquin Park Odonate Count is taking place on July 6th which is the day following the Butterfly Count.

For those of you new to Insect Counts, the day's event will consist of dividing the participants into smaller groups, each of which will be assigned an area of a large circle that covers much of the area around Highway 60. Within this ‘sub-area’ of the count-circle, you and your group members will be tasked with sampling the number of species AND the number of individuals of each species seen in your area. ID's can be made merely by seeing certain species (those that are distinctive enough to allow on-the-wing-identification), or by capture via net and in-hand identification.

On the morning of the 6th we will meet in the Visitor Centre theatre. Though normally off-limits to the public and for employees only, you will find that the Service Entrance (adjacent to the Main Public Entrance, up a small driveway) will be open, and there will be signage to direct you to the correct place. We will meet here at 8:45 AM. After a quick briefing we will split up and head into our assigned areas, returning to the Visitor Centre theatre for 4:30 PM, at which time we will tally our results and share our findings. It is at this point that any noteworthy, new-to-the-count, or difficult-to-identify species are likely to be present in envelopes for all to see and deliberate over. Otherwise, all dragons and damsels caught over the day will be released, alive, where they were captured after being identified.

You will need a vehicle pass for your vehicle if you are bringing one. These can be picked up at THE VISITOR CENTRE (you will be given a free courtesy pass for the day's event).

If you are interested in being a part of this year's Dragonfly and Damselfly Count you can contact me by email at I simply need to know your name, if anyone else is coming with you, your approximate level of experience, and whether you want a meat or veggie [complementary] dinner option.

One last thing: you will enjoy your day much more if you have a net to capture Dragons and Damsels with! Any net is good, though one with a deep bag is best.

That's all for now and please contact me if you have questions,

Peter Mills


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