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a multi-partner organization dedicated to the reintroduction of
Karner Blue Butterflies into tallgrass prairie ecosystems in Ontario
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Karner Blue News


November 4, 2012

I am pleased to announce that Jesse Jarvis has been accepted for MSc study at the University of Guelph, with Chris Caruso (Integrative Biology Dept.) and me (School of Environmental Studies) as co-advisors. Jesse graduated with honours from the University of Guelph in 2012, with a major in Environmental Biology and minor in Plant Biology. In his last year of study he was active in the Botany Club at the university.

Jesse will be formally starting his studies in January, 2013. This will give him approximately 5 months to prepare for field work. He will probably focus his attention in 2013 at the three "best" sites in Ontario at present-- Pinery, Alderville, and Norfolk-- assessing all sites twice at times that correspond with the timing of the two former broods of Karner Blues. We also hope that he/we will be able to see Karner Blues at a site in the USA-- to get a better idea of the butterfly at the heart of his largely botanical and ant research.

Dr. Gard W. Otis, Professor
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph


July 2013

Update from Gard Otis:

Jesse Jarvis and his field assistant have visited Oak Openings Park (Toledo Zoo reintroduction site) and some sites in Allegan State Game Area in southwestern Michigan. There they were able to see Karner Blues and existing occupied habitat. This week they were intending to do summer nectar source evaluations at all Ontario lupine sites.


Meet the Karner Blue

Site 1: St. Williams Conservation Reserve

Site 2: Karner Blue Sanctuary

Site 3: Pinery Provincial Park

Site 4: Alderville Black Oak Savannah

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