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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

 

January 12, 2018: Ohio Lepidopterists Annual Meeting (Columbus, Ohio). MaLisa Spring will give a 30 minute talk about cool Odonata finds in Ohio as part of their annual meeting at the Scioto Grange Audubon center.

January 17 – 18th, 2019: Ohio Wildlife Conference in Columbus. Details forthcoming

January 29, 2019: Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference – Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership (OBCP) Symposium (Cleveland, Ohio). MaLisa Spring will give a brief update on the status of the survey as part of the symposium. Other OBCP project summaries will also be given during the symposium.

March 21, 2019: 7 :30 PM Ohio Citizens and Dragons: Documenting threatened species with iNaturalist (Ashland, Ohio). Join MaLisa Spring as part of the Environmental Lecture Series from Ashland University. All are welcome to attend and learn more about how they can participate. Anticipate fun facts about dragonflies and damselflies.

April 4-6, 2019: Vernalpoolooza (Ashland, Ohio). Join the Ohio Wetlands Association to learn about all things vernal pool related. Talks on Amohibians, Macroinvertebrates, Hydrophytes, Photography, and so much more.

April 26, 2019: Documenting Dragons in Ohio: the Search Continues (Willoughby, Ohio). Join MaLisa Spring for a talk at the Burrough’s Nature Club of Willoughby, Ohio as part of their regular program. She will cover the basics of finding dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio followed by the latest news on our many threatened and endangered species of these aerial predators. Join us to learn how you can help by documenting species near you!

May 1, 2019: 7 PM East Central Ohio Forestry Association Monthly Meeting: Woodland Dragons (Dover, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring for a 45 minute presentation on woodland dragonflies at the monthly meeting for the East Central Ohio Forestry Association. Meet at the Dover Public Library. The talk will cover the basics of dragonflies and damselflies with an emphasis on woodland species.

May 31st – June 2nd – Odo-Con-19: in Southern Ohio. More details forthcoming!

June 15, 2019: Dragonfly Day for kids (and kids at heart) (Bellefontaine, Ohio). Join Jim Lemon at Myeerah Nature Preserve for a short presentation followed by fun activities! Learn why dragonflies are important for wetlands, how to safely handle dragons, and much more. Try your hand at using dip nets to find nymphs or practice with your camera to document species for the survey.

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