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Karner Blue BioBlitz

August 10

Karner blue butterfly on wild lupins

Lambton Wildlife is organizing a one day survey to identify as many species as possible at the Karner Blue Sanctuary.  Everyone is welcome, from experts to amateurs.

As owners and stewards of the property, Lambton Wildlife is aiming to renew their interest and stewardship in the property, revise and update the current management plan. A BioBlitz is a great way to bring together taxonomic experts, citizen scientists, and the general public to inventory all species, for such a rare and unique property.

“This dry oak-pine woodland is currently ranked by the NHIC as S1, extremely rare in Ontario. Until the late 1980’s this was the home of the Karner blue butterfly. The most notable flower is the wild lupine. Also found here are pipsissewa, large-leaved shinleaf, round-leaved pyrola, prairie ragwort, thyme-leaved sandwort, lyre-leaved rock cress, bearberry, plains puccoon, rough blazing star, cylindric blazing star and butterfly weed. Shrubs include New Jersey tea and narrow-leaved New Jersey tea. Sand-loving Iceland lichen is found in “the bowl” and rough fruited panic grass is beside the path.

This 15 ha oak savannah (a threatened ecosystem) is a part of the Port Franks Wetlands and Forested Dunes Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). These lands were purchased in 1988 to protect the last remaining colony of Karner Blue Butterflies in Canada. Despite these efforts, the butterfly was extirpated by 1991.”  (learn more about the area here).

Draft Schedule 
6am – birders
8am – everyone else registers
8am-mid afternoon  –

will have groups of experts and groups with learners led by LWI members and public participants. Expert and learner groups will be organized based taxa group(s) of interest and participant attendance.

– potential taxa groups:  butterflies and insects (potential to split into smaller/more focused groups), plants and trees (potential to split into more focused group), herps, fungi/lichens/mosses, and more.

Evening – Mothing, herping, & other nocturnal creatures

Food Options
Water and granola bars supplied

Lunch – packed lunches recommended

Dinner – Mid afternoon convene at a local restaurant to discuss interesting finds

or dinnertime potluck

If you’re interested in the event or have any questions please contact @Felicia Syer Nicol  LWI Past President and Event Organizer (email: fsyer01@gmail.com / phone: 519-402-2326)

Feel free to share this information with any contacts you think may be interested. 


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Karner Blue Sanctuary
9900 Nipigon St
Port Franks, Ontario Canada
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