Members’ Only Outing – Odonata at Morris Island REGISTRATION FULL – wait list only

Saturday July 3; Rain Date Sunday July 4             10:00 AM to. 1:00 PM (approx. 3hrs)

Trip Rating:  1/5 or 2//5 (for forest trails)

Register at no later than Wednesday June 30th.

Location: We will meet at the parking lot at Morris Island Conservation Area ($3 Fee to park).  Please note that the parking lot fills early.  My suggestion is that you either arrive early and do a little exploring on your own (as I will be doing) or at least early enough to find a spot and get to our meeting point for the 10:00 AM start time.

Leaders:  Participant – involved with Gillian Mastromatteo available for consultation.

Gillian (pronounce with a hard G), has led OFNC outings in the past and has contributed to their Trail and Landscape publication.  She studies Odes mostly for personal pleasure and likes contributing to our knowledge via citizen science projects such as iNaturalist.  She has a broad range of knowledge including birds, butterflies, mammals and herpivores.

Club members on this outing are encouraged to fully participate in finding and identifying the dragonflies and damselflies (Bring a butterfly net and field guide if you have them).  The route will run along an old railroad line for a good portion of the way and therefore will be in full sun exposure for much of the outing.   Depending on conditions, Gillian may continue into more rugged terrain where other varieties of Odonata may be seen.  Solid, comfortable closed toe footwear and ability to walk and stand for the duration of the hike is required.  It can get hot so please bring water to drink, wear a hat, sunscreen, bug spray and long pants tucked into your socks (poison ivy and ticks).  Binoculars, a hand lens (small personal magnifying glass) and a camera are always a good idea if you have them.

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.