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

If you would like to be added to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey email list to get semi-regular email updates, fill out the form below. 

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Upcoming Events

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 6, 2018: 5:30 PM Meigs SWCD Conservation Area – Dragon Walk. We will also be going down earlier and staying the night to do additional searches in Meigs Co if you would like to join. Please email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu if you would like to attend the small group event.

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 11, 2018: 1-4 PM Dragonfly and Damselfly Workshop at the Wolf Creek Environmental Center (Wadsworth, Ohio). Learn more about dragonflies and damselflies in introductory workshop in Medina County. Led by Natalie Moore, you are sure to have a great time and see some cool bugs!

August 11, 2018: 2 PM Dragons and Damsels at the Lippincott Bird Sanctuary (Lima, Ohio). Join Dan Hodges and others to find some cool dragonflies and damselflies! A limited number of nets and binoculars will be provided. Bring a camera and learn how to contribute to the Ohio Dragonfly Survey!

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.

August 25, 2018: 1-3 PM Odo-Blitz at Letha House Park (Catham Township, Ohio). Join Natalie Moore for an Odo-Blitz at Letha House Park West! Great for all ages, you can help contribute to the Medina County Biodiversity Project while looking for cool bugs.

August 25, 2018: Ohio Dragonfly Walk in Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio) Join Marty Calabrese  at the Rocky River Reservation (Lagoon Picnic Shelter) to catch, photograph, and release dragonflies and damselflies. Digital cameras are encouraged, ID Skills not required. Nets provided.

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

September 16, 2018: 11 AM Dragonflies at the Paw Paw Festival (Albany, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring to learn about the Ohio Dragons at the Ohio Paw Paw Festival.

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.

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.

Odo-Con-19: Date forthcoming in Southern Ohio. Hopefully the first weekend in June.

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