Dragons & Damsels – 7/30/2011
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Cost: $10/member; $12/non-member; $5/child under 12
Register by: Friday, July 29 – but walk-ins are also welcome
Instructors: Jennifer Schlick and Jeremy Martin
Dragonflies and damselflies, known collectively by scientists as odonates, are winged jewels that grace our ponds, lakes, and waterways, but can also be found in the fields and forests. After a brief slide show about a five-year survey of dragonflies and damselflies of New York State, we’ll hit the trails with aerial nets to capture a few for a closeup look. Using a dip net, we’ll also see if we can find earlier life stages swimming in the ponds.
Jennifer Schlick was trained by NYS wildlife biologist Paul Novak in odonate survey methods in June of 2005. From 2005 through 2010 she led several survey “parties” – documenting the species found in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.
Jeremy Martin joined the survey team early on and contributed dozens of records, including several species of special concern, and several new records for both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. He has taught lessons on dragons and damsels at the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage for several years.
Both Jennifer’s and Jeremy’s finds and photographs are included in the final report published by the Natural Heritage Progarm and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
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