Atlas Workshops

Hello everyone,

There are three workshops currently scheduled for the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas this year. These events will be a great way to get up to speed on how to contribute to the Atlas, and you will learn a lot about butterflies along the way!

Details on the events are below:

Where: Rockwood Park, Saint John, NB (Meet at the Interpretation Centre)
Date: June 11, 2011
Time: 10:00AM-2:00PM
Description: Join Jim Edsall for a brief overview of atlas project, followed by a survey of the park’s various habitats. You will learn how to make a voucher specimen, how to photograph butterflies for the Atlas, and how to fill out data sheets. If you have atlas equipment from previous presentations or workshops bring it along. Kits will be available to anyone else who would like to participate (participation is free, though a $20 donation for each kit is encouraged).

The workshop starts at 10:00 AM at the Rockwood Park Interpretation Centre (parking is available behind the building). The outing will end at approximately 2:00 PM. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for a day outside. The event will go ahead only if the forecast is for warm sunny weather. Please check with Rockwood Park ((506) 658-2829 or (506) 658-2883) on Friday, June 10 to find out if the event is going ahead.

To register for the event please call Rockwood Park at (506) 650-3763.

Where: Cape Breton, between Louisbourg and Main-a-Dieu (Meet at Sydney and Louisbourg)
Date: June 18, 2011
Time: For those coming from Sydney area: Meet at 9:30AM at the Sydney River Shopping Centre parking lot, near Tim Horton’s (there are three Tim’s within 1 km, this is the old one).
For those coming from the Louisbourg area: Meet at 10:15AM at the old Train Station.
The end time is sometime in the afternoon; it will depend on conditions.
Description: Join John Klymko and Jim Edsall for a peatland butterfly outing. Bog and fen habitats between Louisbourg and Main-a-Dieu will be explored, and a rare species such as Jutta Arctic may be encountered. You will learn how to make a voucher specimen, how to photograph butterflies for the Atlas, and how to fill out data sheets. If you have atlas equipment from previous presentations or workshops bring it along. Kits will be available to anyone else who would like to participate (participation is free, though a $20 donation for each kit is encouraged).

From Louisbourg we will travel by car to survey sites. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for a day outside, and be ready to get your feet wet! Lunch can also be purchased in the Louisbourg. The event will go ahead only if the forecast is for warm sunny weather. No rain date is currently set.

To register contact Dr. David McCorquodale at (902) 563-1260 or david_mccorquodale @ cbu.ca.


Where: Pictou Area (Meet at Tourist Bureau of the Pictou Rotary)
Date: July 23, 2011
Time: Starts at 10:00AM. The end time is in the afternoon; it will depend on conditions.
Description: Join John Klymko for a brief overview of atlas project, followed by a survey of various habitats around Pictou. You will learn how to make a voucher specimen, how to photograph butterflies for the Atlas, and how to fill out data sheets. If you have atlas equipment from previous presentations or workshops bring it along. Kits will be available to anyone else who would like to participate (participation is free, though a $20 donation for each kit is encouraged).
From the Tourist Bureau we will travel by car to one or more locations in the general area. Bring a lunch and appropriate clothing for a day outside, and be ready to get your feet wet during a potential bog visit! The event will go ahead only if the forecast is for warm sunny weather. If the weather forecast is poor for Saturday July 23rd the event will be held on Sunday July 24th. If the weather is poor on the 24th, the event may be rescheduled for August.

To register please call John Klymko (506) 364-2660 or email jklymko @ mta.ca.

Hope to see you there!

John Klymko
Maritimes Butterfly Director
jklymko@mta.ca

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