Terrestrial Arthropod Monitoring Program

Malaise trap in Awenda Provincial Park

Project Overview

Title: Terrestrial Arthropod Monitoring Program – Mixedwood Plains and Boreal Shield
CBG Units: Collections, Genomics, Informatics
Scope: Examine the diversity of arthropod species in the Mixedwood Plains and Boreal Shield ecozones of Canada by analyzing Malaise trap samples in bulk using standard metabarcoding protocols
Sampling Duration: 2018-2021
Sequencing Analysis: 2019-present
Stage: In progress
Reach: 109 sampling sites in protected areas located across Ontario and Quebec (including provincial parks, nature reserves, conservation areas, and national parks)
Sequences: 32K+ BINs

Project Details

This project is aimed at examining long-term trends in arthropod communities by gathering data at sites that are likely to persist, such as national and provincial protected areas. To collect data from a broad geographic range across the Mixedwood Plains and Boreal Shield ecozones, this project sampled 54 provincial protected areas (25 re-sampled from a 2014 study conducted by CBG), six national parks, 18 conservation areas, 20 natural areas, and one research reserve in Ontario, as well as one research reserve and eight provincial park in Quebec for a grand total of 109 sampling sites.

Project Outcomes

Mixedwood Plains 2018 

A map of sampling site locations for the Terrestrial Arthropod Monitoring Program – Mixedwood Plains 2018

Overall Report (Ontario Parks Results ONLY) – Analysis of 30 Ontario Parks December 2020

Appendix 1 – Neighbour-joining tree of representative specimens from each BIN available on BOLD collected by Malaise traps in Ontario Parks in 2018 (colourized based on taxonomic order).

Appendix 2 – Image library of 17,607 BIN representatives collected in Ontario Parks 2018 (in alignment with Appendix 1).
Part 1 (219 MB)       Part 2 (242 MB)       Part 3 (235 MB)       Part 4 (135 MB)

Appendix 3 – Complete list of taxonomy and BINs collected in the Ontario Provincial Parks Malaise Program (in alignment with Appendix 1).

Appendix 4 – List of individual reports for each Provincial Park involved, including names of their main contacts, in the Ontario Provincial Parks Malaise Program.

      1. AWEN – Awenda Provincial Park    |    Report
      2. BALS – Balsam Lake Provincial Park    |    Report
      3. BAYV – Bayview Escarpment Provincial Park    |    Report
      4. BOYN – Boyne Valley Provincial Park    |    Report
      5. BRON – Bronte Creek Provincial Park    |    Report
      6. BURN – Burnt Lands Provincial Nature Reserve    |    Report
      7. DUNC – Duncan Escarpment Provincial Park    |    Report
      8. EMIL – Emily Provincial Park    |    Report
      9. FORC – Forks of the Credit Provincial Park    |    Report
      10. FRON – Frontenac Provincial Park    |    Report
      11. HOLL – Holland Landing Prairie Provincial Park    |    Report
      12. HOPE – Hope Bay Forest Provincial Park    |    Report
      13. INVH – Inverhuron Provincial Park    |    Report
      14. JOEP – John E. Pearce Provincial Park    |    Report
      15. KMKA – Komoka Provincial Park    |    Report
      16. LIOH – Lion’s Head Provincial Park    |    Report
      17. LONP – Long Point Provincial Park    |    Report
      18. MACG – MacGregor Point Provincial Park    |    Report
      19. MORT – Morris Tract Provincial Park    |    Report
      20. MURP – Murphys Point Provincial Park    |    Report
      21. OJIB – Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve    |    Report
      22. PETW – Peter’s Woods Provincial Park    |    Report
      23. PINE – Pinery Provincial Park    |    Report
      24. PRES – Presqu’ile Provincial Park    |    Report
      25. RIDR – Rideau River Provincial Park    |    Report
      26. ROND – Rondeau Provincial Park    |    Report
      27. SELK – Selkirk Provincial Park    |    Report
      28. SHOH – Short Hills Provincial Park    |    Report
      29. TRWD – Trillium Woods Provincial Park    |    Report
      30. VOYG – Voyageur Provincial Park    |    Report

Appendix 5 – Individual taxonomy reports (species inventories) for each Ontario Parks site in 2018.
Part 1       Part 2


Boreal Shield 2020

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Overall Report (Sepaq Results ONLY) – Analysis of 7 Sepaq Parks December 2021

Appendix 1 – List of individual reports for each National Park involved, including names of their main contacts, in the Terrestrial Arthropod Monitoring Program.

      1. Aiguebelle National Park | Report
      2. Grands-Jardins National Park | Report
      3. Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park | Report
      4. Jacques-Cartier National Park – Site 1 | Report
      5. Jacques-Cartier National Park – Site 2 | Report
      6. Monts-Valin National Park | Report
      7. Opémican National Park | Report
      8. Pointe-Taillon National Park | Report

Appendix 2 – Individual taxonomy reports (species inventories) for each Sépaq site in 2020.


Boreal Shield 2021

trace2021 map

— Reports will be available in late 2022 —