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Orillia Naturalists' Club hosting a local butterfly discussion

Expert will talk about 'apparent significant decline in butterfly numbers' and will be joined by Morgan Mansfield, a local youth behind the Orillia Butterflyway
morgan with shovel in garden
Morgan Mansfield who has called on local residents to create pollinator gardens to help ensure the future of monarch butterflies, will make a presentation at the Orillia Naturalists' Club meeting Feb. 1.

The Orillia Naturalists' Club will be meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. to hear a presentation by James Kamstra entitled Butterfly Counts Over 25 Years. Butterfly counts in Ontario help track changes in populations and distribution.

Kamstra will discuss some butterfly trends over this period and the apparent significant decline in butterfly numbers observed in 2022. He will also provide advice on how we might help track butterfly numbers locally.

Kamstra is a respected field ecologist with a broad interest in natural history particularly in fields of botany, birds, reptiles and insects. He presently works as a senior ecologist/environmental consultant for engineering firm AECOM, conducting biological inventories and environmental impact studies of development impacts on flora and fauna.

Also joining us will be Morgan Mansfield, a local young person who will will tell us how she got started working with monarchs; focusing on current work planting pollinator gardens. Morgan's Monarchs is growing an Orillia Butterflyway and she could use our help!

All are welcome to attend at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, third floor at 7 p.m., or you can contact [email protected] to receive a Zoom link to this meeting. Please join us!



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