Summer Insect Ecology
August 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mass Audubon naturalist Zach Adams will look into the busy, seasonal world of insects in a series of workshops. Learn about stoneflies, skippers, skimmers and all sorts of critters in this three-part series.
He will focus each session on one of three different groups of insects that are fun to find and tricky to identify, he says, and they all play important roles in all of our ecosystems.
At Canoe Meadows on July 7, experience the short-lived moments of aquatic insects that decorate our streams, rivers, and lakes throughout the summer. From mayflies to stoneflies, the group will search for different life stages of aquatic insects and then try to catch the incredible event that is their transformation into flying adults, that can happen in the hundreds or thousands. This program will require about two miles of walking, and you’ll want waterproof boots or shoes that can get wet.
At Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield on July 21, the group will take a look for butterflies. The butterfly life at Lime Kiln Farm is remarkably diverse, Adams says, with large numbers of a few charismatic and beautiful species. The crew will use binoculars to search and identify some of the common butterfly species that call Lime Kiln home, as well as learning about some of the ecological roots for the great diversity of insect life. Prepare for about 2 miles of hiking through grasses and uneven ground. Preventative measures for mosquitos and tics can be helpful for this program, he says.
At Pleasant Valley in Lenox on August 4, the group will look for dragonflies, some of the larger flying insects that have both terrestrial and aquatic stages of their life making the wetlands of Pleasant Valley and excellent location to find a great showing of dragonflies and damsel flies.
The walk will venture into the tricky art of identifying dragonflies by sight as well as exploring where to look for them and how to notice differences from a distance. Be prepared to walk about 2 miles on uneven ground and through taller grasses. Preventative measures for mosquitos and tics can be helpful for this program as well.
You can sign up for individual programs or for all three for a discounted rate.
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