Hello Ohio! *Sticky Post*

The Ohio Odonata Society is working with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to update the original survey that ran from 1991 – 2001. The new survey will run from 2017 through 2019 and culminate in a lay-person book on Ohio Dragonflies and Damselflies.

Goals for the second survey of Ohio dragonflies and damselflies include:

  • to identify every species known for each county.
  • to identify species introduced/established in Ohio since the original survey.
  • to determine changes in distribution and abundance, especially rare species

To participate, you can either photograph or collect specimens. No identification skills are required for photo observations and we accept observations from any date. Just take a photo and submit it to iNaturalist. Check out our Photo Collections and Physical Collections Protocols for more information.

If you are interested in meeting up with excited naturalists, check out our upcoming events post.

If you have any questions about the survey, contact:
MaLisa Spring (State Coordinatorspring.99@osu.edu),
Norm Johnson (Director of the Triplehorn Insect Collection – johnson.2@osu.edu),
Bob Glotzhober (Central Regional Coordinator – rglotz@twc.com),
Linda Gilbert (Northeastern Regional Coordinator –  lgilbert@geaugaparkdistrict.org),
Lynda Andrews (Southeastern Regional Coordinatorlandrews@fs.fed.us),
Shane Myers (Northwestern Regional Coordinator – srmyers429@gmail.com),
Jim Lemon (Southwestern Regional Coordinator – jlem@woh.rr.com)

Last, and perhaps most importantly, is our funding source. This project is largely supported through the Ohio Division of Wildlife as part of the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership. We are deeply appreciative of their help to support this research so we can better understand Ohio’s biodiversity. If you like this program, consider donating to the Ohio Division of Wildlife or to the Triplehorn Insect Collection to contribute to preserving our biodiversity.









This web-page will be updated throughout the project with more information, so be sure to check back often!  -MaLisa

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Upcoming Events

May 23-25, 2018: Belmont and surrounding counties Odo-Blitz. Join MaLisa Spring at Bark Camp State Park and Egypt Valley Wildlife Area to learn more about local dragonflies and how to find them. This will be a small group and entirely field based, so please contact MaLisa in advance if you would like to attend.

May 26th: 10AM Gone Creekin’ (Lake Hope State Park) – Join Kaylin Callander  to discover what lives in the waters between Lake Hope and Raccoon Creek. Some nets provided, but prepare to get wet! Meet at the Lake Hope dam.

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 9th, 2018: OCVN Statewide Conference in NE Ohio (Concord Township, Ohio) Lake Metropark Environmental Learning Center. Jim Lemon will talk about the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, but there will be several other speakers on the topic of “Protecting, Restoring, and Interpreting Ohio’s Unique Natureal Areas”

June 10th, 2018: 2 PM Gone Creekin’ (Lake Hope State Park) – Join Kaylin Callander  to discover what lives in the waters between Lake Hope and Raccoon Creek. Some nets provided, but prepare to get wet! Meet at the dam.

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 (spring.99@osu.edu).

June 13, 2018: 3-6 PM Paddle to the Pads (Lake Hope State Park) Kayak to the lily pads on the 2+ hour program to look for wildlife and get close looks of the blooms. Advance registration required; call the Lake Hope State Park nature center. Ages 12 and up. Experience on how to use a kayak is necessary.

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 23, 2018: 6-8 PM Kayak Introductory Course (Lake Hope State Park) Learn how to use a kayak (and look for odes while you are on the water). Equipment is provided. Ages 12 and up. Bring water and prepare to get wet. Meet at the boat ramp on OH-278. Intro course is first come first served basis and meant to get you familiar with the parts, safety concernts, and paddling techniques of a kayak or SUP.

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: 10 AM Dragonfly Walk at Kinnikinnick Fen (Chillicothe, Ohio) – Meet MaLisa Spring, State Coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, to search for rare species of dragonflies and damselflies at the newest Ross County Park, Kinnikinnick Fen. All are welcome! Bring your camera or cell phone to document species and learn how to use iNaturalist and become a Citizen Scientist!

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 10, 2018: 10 AM – Burr Oak State Park. Join MaLisa Spring for 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 Burr Oak to look for rare and endangered species.

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) MaLisa Spring will be leading the invertebrate group for the Preservation Parks Bioblitz. More details forthcoming.

September 7, 2018: Biodiversity Conservation Symposium (Cleveland, Ohio) Join Jim Lemon, Linda Gilbert, and many others to learn about conservation practices. Details forthcoming

Want your nature event shared here? Send an email to MaLisa Spring (spring.99@osu.edu)