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We usually hold our club AGM in June at Tiny Marsh but the Executive has decided we're not quite ready for that yet.
So one more time, we Zoom!
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The excitement of bird migration season may be over, but butterfly counting season will soon be coming up. The Awenda butterfly count is scheduled for Saturday July 9th. James Kamstra's presentation will be a good way of preparing for this fun and educational event.
A respected field Ecologist with a broad interest in natural history particularly in fields of botany, birds, reptiles and insects James grew up on the outskirts of Oshawa, Ontario where he began a keen interest in nature by 10 years old. He started collecting insects at that time. He presently works as a Senior Ecologist / environmental consultant for engineering firm AECOM. He conducts biological inventories and environmental impact studies of development impacts on flora and fauna. He is the Ontario Regional Editor for North American Butterfly Association and Toronto Entomological Association, a Regional Director and Board member on Ontario Nature, the current president of North Durham Nature (a naturalist club) and a former member of the governmental Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) which is responsible for designating the provincial list of Endangered Species. James has travelled widely and led ecotour groups to many international destinations including Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Galapagos, Guyana and Peru. He will be leading a trip to Colombia this coming winter.
The NABA Butterfly Counts is an ongoing program of the North American Butterfly Association to census the butterflies of North America (United States, Canada and partially Mexico) and to publish the results. Volunteer participants select a count area with a 15-mile diameter and conduct a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. Similar to what we do with birds in December.
After compiling data on Butterfly Counts for the past 25 years, much data has been assembled and some trends in butterfly populations have become apparent. James will highlight the observed changes in some species and describe how the counts have given us greater understanding of the local butterfly fauna.