Members Only Outing – Moths (two outings) – Postponed

Members Only Outing – Mothing with Owen

Date:  Friday July 9 or Saturday July 10 (please include your preferred date in your registration email)

Time:  8:30 PM to. 1:00 AM (you are of course able to leave anytime)

Location:  5289 Steen Lane (at the end of MacHardy Road – which is off Galetta)

Weather dependant (looking for above 18o C and relatively no wind)

Trip Rating:  3/5 for dark condition

Register at no later than Thursday July 8th.

Ample parking is available.

Leaders:  Owen Ridgen.

Owen may be new to some of you but has done point counts for the club previously and led a dragonfly outing last year.  Prior to the Covid shut down much of his time was spent on his studies at U of T where he is a student.  He has been a naturalist his entire life, inspired from an early age by his father and grandfather, David and Eric Ridgen (founding member). Following in their footsteps, he began with birds.  According to his mother he knew the names of at least eight species of owl before his first birthday!  As time has gone on, he has entered into other fields of study, including those of freshwater fishes and mussels, butterflies, moths, herps and dragonflies and damselflies.  He has explored the Arnprior and Ottawa area for many years and has been mothing for years as well.  He is very happy to share his knowledge on the subject with others, and hopefully learn just as much himself.

Owen will be hanging sheets which will be lit up to attract the moths.   Please bring a flashlight or headlamp to ensure you can see where you are walking. Solid, comfortable closed toe footwear is always recommended, a camp chair may be useful. Please bring water to drink, and bug spray with long pants tucked into your socks (poison ivy, mosquitoes and ticks are about everywhere these days) and a camera are always a good idea if you have one.

A note about Covid:  Participant numbers will be restricted so register early and only if you truly know you can come.  You may register yourself and anyone in your own household only.

Please note, registration is not complete without doing one of the following:

When registering for a field trip, please read, copy and paste the following paragraph in an email to the Field Trip Coordinator at

“I have read the Macnamara Field Naturalists Pre-field trip Questionnaire and have answered “NO” to all

questions.  I further understand that I am required to wear a mask for the duration of the outing and to

maintain a physical distance of six feet (6’) /two metres with anyone outside my household. “


Please complete the survey found at COVID-19 customer screening (

and email the result to

Participation will be on a first come first registered basisWe will be maintaining physical distancing requirements and requiring that non-medical masks be worn.   Please do not come if you are ill, have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid 19 or have been outside the province in the last 14 days.  For your safety and that of other participants, it is also recommended that you come only if you have had at least your first Covid 19 vaccination.  Once registered, if for any reason you cannot attend, notification of cancellation as soon as possible would be appreciated.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.