Moth Expert and author of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America, David Beadle has challenged us to discover 1000 species of moths within the Nature Reserve. There has been very little research conducted on moths at Thickson’s and except for casual encounters we really do not know much at all about the diversity of moths, David has issued quite a challenge, but we think that with dedicated young naturalists to help set up moth traps and photograph the moths caught, we can meet the challenge and publish the results in the first Moths of Thickson’s Woods book… If this interests you please contact us
Thickson’s Woods is a hot spot for bird migration due to the magnificent White Pines that dominate the skyline from the shores of Lake Ontario to the 401.. We know that the pines were originally “saved” to be used for masts for the British Navy ships prior to the steam era. We also know that many were lost to logging in 1983, before dedicated naturalists invested in the future by starting the process of purchasing and saving the woods for perpetuity. We don’t know how many pines still exist, how old they are, and how old were the ones logged in 1983. We also do not know the diversity of other trees that exist in the reserve. Dennis Barry guesses over 40 species of trees and that is the challenge!
Under more pressure and misconceptions than just about any other mammal, these wonderful creatures are essential to any ecosystem.. We need to use the latest Bat detection technology to monitor the Bats of the reserve and do everything possible to maintain a healthy population and species diversity. We need to do a baseline study to determine what species visit the Reserve.
WHAT BUGS YOU?
The ecosystem of the reserve is so rich that we really have no idea exactly what hidden treasures exist in the undergrowth. We see birds, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals and reptiles but not always what they feed on, and judging from the incredible amount of animals we do see there must be a myriad of bugs that we don’t see. We do know that the native Lady Bugs are under threat from the European counterpart that now seems so common. We’d like to explore the insect world within the reserve and determine what species exist and in particular which of the native Lady Bugs exist and how they are coping. If you are interested in studying beetles and other types of insects. and documenting them through photographs, resulting in the first book about the insects of Thickson’s Woods, please contact us.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN:
Plants, Bees, Birds, Mammals, Bats, Frogs, Snakes, Ants, Dragonflies, Wild Flowers, Natural History? Please contact us, resources are available for all projects within the Thickson’s Woods Nature Reserve.