March 24, 2018 9AM-5PM: Wildlife Symposium at Zane State College/OUZ (Zanesville, Ohio) – MaLisa Spring will be giving a talk on Dragonflies and Damselflies, but there will be many interesting talks about backyard conservation. Title: Dragons* near you: How you can help our backyard predators. Register by sending in the 2018 Wildlife Symposium form by March 19th.
April 7th, 2018: 10AM-4PM Museum of Biological Diversity Open House (Columbus, Ohio) – Join us for the Museum Open House, the one day of the year where we let the public into all of the collection to learn more about our amazing biodiversity. Fun for all ages, the open house includes more than just arthropods and is a great day adventure to learn about birds, mussels, spiders, and so much more! MaLisa Spring will be there to talk about dragonflies and damselflies, but this is a great opportunity to learn about all of the other research happening in the Museum.
April 12, 2018: 7PM Dragons and Damsels in Distress: Where are they now? (Marietta, Ohio) – MaLisa Spring will talk about the current status of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, how to contribute to the survey, and interesting ecology of our Odonates. This is a one hour evening presentation at Marietta Natural History Society, normally held in the Ricky Science Center of Marietta College.
April 13, 2018: Spruce Run Bioblitz in Galena, Ohio. They are looking for volunteers to engage High School students in the morning and then more families and locals in the evening. Contact Geri Granger at email@example.com to sign up. MaLisa Spring will be volunteering to find early season Odes and also managing a moth light in the evening.
April 26 2018: 6-9:30 PM Central Ohio Training workshop (Columbus, Ohio) Join us at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus on Thursday April 26th (6-9 PM) to learn about photography, identification, ecology, and how you can help document dragonflies and damselflies. Get a chance to interact with the experts and get your burning Odonata questions answered. Speakers include Jim McCormac, Bob Glotzhober, MaLisa Spring, and Jim Lemon.
May 4, 5, and 6 2018: International Migratory Bird Day (technically the 5th) (Findlay, Ohio) Join Shane Myers at Camp Berry Boy Scout Camp to celebrate birds and the biodiversity that supports them (dragonflies and other bugs) by helping document those who call Camp Berry home. Bring you binoculars, camera, and smartphone to join in the fun! He will start at 8 AM at the cabin on Saturday and Sunday. A second group can meet at 11 AM on Saturday so you can find more dragonflies and damselflies in the midday sun.
May 17, 2018: 7PM Robert F. Heidelberg Wildlife Conservation Lecture at the Brukner Nature Center (Troy, Ohio) – Join MaLisa Spring for a 30 minute presentation on the Ohio Dragonfly Survey and how you can help both with documentation and conservation of these cool predatory arthropods. Title: Documenting Ohio’s dragons: How you can help
May 30th, 2018: 2PM Dragonfly Hike at Brukner Nature Center (Troy, Ohio) – Join Jim Lemon and BNC staff on the trails along Stillwater River looking for early season dragons and damsels!
June 1st, 2018: Coyote Run Farm Bioblitz (Pickerington, Ohio) – Join all sorts of naturalists as they set out to document all Biodiversity on the large Coyote Run Farm. This is a great chance to share your skills and learn from the experts in the field! Sign up to attend at the Ohio Wetlands Association webpage.
Now June 2, 2018: Gorman Nature Center (Mansfield, Ohio) – Odo-Blitz and Introductory Dragonfly Talk. Join MaLisa Spring with an introductory presentation on the cool dragons and damsels found in Ohio, followed by a nature walk through the park to apply our new found skills. The 30 minute introductory presentation starts at 10 am, followed by a hike at the Gorman Nature Center. There will be a brief break for lunch and then we will go to other locations in Richland county to find more species.
Now June 3, 2018: Wood County OCVN (Bowling Green, Ohio) – 9am – 3PM blitz starting with a intro presentation followed by a field excursion. Led by Shane Myers. More info to follow.
June 7th, 2018: 10 AM – 4 PM Schnormeier Gardens Open House (Gambier, Ohio) Meet MaLisa Spring at the Annual Open House for the Schnormeier Gardens in Knox County. MaLisa will have a table on the Ohio Dragonfly Survey and how you can help while touring the garden. Feel free to come prepared with plenty of dragonfly and damselfly questions.
June 12, 2018: Meigs Co SWCD Conservation Area evening program (Pomroy, Ohio) 5:30 PM – Join Jim McCormac, Bob Glotzhober, and MaLisa Spring for an evening dragonfly program. We will do a short introduction at the shelter house followed by a hike around the wetlands of the Conservation Area to document dragonflies and damselflies. We will also be doing excursions across Meigs county earlier in the day on both the 12th and 13th. If you are interested in participating in those smaller excursions, please contact MaLisa Spring (firstname.lastname@example.org).
June 22-24, 2018: Odo-Con-18! (Findlay, Ohio) – Join us for Ohio’s biggest Odonata event where you can interact with many dragonfly and damselfly experts at once! Odo-Con-18 includes expert guided field trips, presentations, and a chance to interact with Odonata enthusiasts from across Ohio! All are encouraged to attend. REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
June 30, 2018: Dragons* in Delaware: Let’s go find them! (Delaware, Ohio) – Join us at Deer Haven Park on Saturday (10 AM) for a 20 minute presentation on dragonflies and damselflies of Ohio followed by a hike to test your new identification skills! Bring a camera or smartphone for the hike so we can document the species we find.
July 7 and 8, 2018: Duckweed Firetail Blitz in southern Ohio. (Southern Ohio) Led by MaLisa Spring and Jim McCormac. More information forethcoming, but we are planning a small outing in Lawrence and Gallia county to try to find the Duckweed Firetail (possible new state record), Interior Least Clubtail (possible new state record), and Uhler’s Sundragon (State Endangered Species). We are likely to find many other cool species in this weekend adventure.
July 21, 2018: 10 AM Beaver Creek Wetlands Dragonfly Walk (Dayton, Ohio). Join Jim Lemon and others at Siebenthaler Fen to learn more about cool species of dragonflies, damselflies, and the other amazing flora and fauna of this 130 acre fen. Last year, they found 20 species on the walk, including Sphagnum Sprite and Eastern Red Damsels.
July 23, 2018: 7PM Becoming a Dragon Hunter: the Ohio Dragonfly Survey (Chillicothe, Ohio) – Join MaLisa Spring at the Scioto Valley Bird and Nature Club to learn more about dragonfly and damselfly identification, ecology, and how to participate in the Citizen Science program!
August 4, 2018: 10-2PM Bugstravanza at Walnut Woods Metro Park (Groveport, Ohio). Join Bob Glotzhober and others for a day full of buggy fun! This kids event was a hit last year with hundreds doing hands on activity and seeing bugs up close.
August 18, 2018: All About Dragons! (Wilmot, Ohio) – Join MaLisa Spring at the Wilderness Center on this Saturday to learn more about local dragonflies and damselflies. It will include an introductory presentation in the morning followed by a field excursion. Potential fee for participation. More information and registration forthcoming.
September 7, 2018: Preservation Parks Bioblitz (Delaware, Ohio) Details forthcoming
September 7, 2018: Biodiversity Conservation Symposium (Cleveland, Ohio) Details forthcoming
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