BIObus Sampling At Long Point

Long Point Provincial Park was the next destination for the BIObus’ aquatic sampling tour across Ontario Provincial Parks. Long Point is a sand spit on north shore of Lake Erie, this is a unique region of southern Ontario, being comprised of primarily sandy soils and deciduous trees. The point juts out into Lake Erie, creating a dynamic environment with lots of biodiversity.

We sampled a variety of aquatic environments with D-nets and collected some interesting specimens! Mustard water was also used to extract worms from the soil and bring them up the surface. With the worms also came out some neat beetle larvae and other soil arthropods.

Wading back to the shore with a bucket full of aquatic specimens
Wading back to the shore with a bucket full of aquatic specimens
Renee having a blast while collecting emerging worms and other soil arthropods
Renee having a blast while collecting emerging worms and other soil arthropods
Beetle larva that was collected with the mustard soil extraction
Beetle larva that was collected with the mustard soil extraction

After a day of collecting we returned to base camp at Backus Heritage Conservation Area to sort our specimens and database them in preparation for collection submission.

Ticks have become abundant in the Long Point region, and of primary concern are the ticks carrying Lyme disease which can transmit the disease after embedding. When doing field work in area, the BIObus crew is always wary of ticks presence, doing daily checks and a thorough tick check prior to going to bed is essential.

This sampling trip to Long Point was full of interesting encounters, I was lucky enough to be able to capture several of them on a DSLR and my cellphone camera. Check out the pictures below!

Graham, Allison and I sorting through the specimens we collected
Graham, Allison and I sorting through the specimens we collected
Public outreach at Backus Heritage Conservation Education Centre
Public outreach at Backus Heritage Conservation Education Centre
Whitespotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus) - One of many visitors during the sampling trip
Whitespotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus) – One of many visitors during the sampling trip
Whitespotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus) strolling on Graham’s arm
Whitespotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus) strolling on Graham’s arm
Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) hanging around on a milkweed plant, waiting for a potential mate
Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus) hanging around on a milkweed plant, waiting for a potential mate
Garter Snake slithering around the Backus Conservation Education Centre
Garter Snake slithering around the Backus Conservation Education Centre

 

Stay tuned, more to come from the BIObus at Bruce Peninsula National Park!

-Adrian

 

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