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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

May 18th, 2019: 2:00-3:00 PM Spring Creekin’ (Westerville, Ohio). Take a rugged 1.5 mile off trail hike through the new Blendon Ravines Park property to explore the creek. You might see some cool dragons! Meet at Blendon Ravines, 5280 Cambria Way, Westerville 43081. Park along the road. Ages 6 and older

May 18th, 2019: 2PM – 4PM Stillwater River SQM Workshop (Covington, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Stillwater Praire. Meet in the parking lot near the river access trail. For more information and to RSVP please contact: SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us or (937) 481-4510

May 19, 2019: 1-3 PM Sunday in the Swamp (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Scoop up slimy critters from a buttonbush swamp at the Blacklick Woods Metro Park – Nature Center. Keep an eye out for cool spreadwings and swamp darners!

May 22, 2019: 6-8PM Grand Wild & Scenic SQM Workshop (Lake County?, Ohio) Contact Ryan Moss to RSVP at ryan.moss@dnr.state.oh.us.

May 22, 2019: 6-8 PM Greenville Creek SQM Workshop (Covington, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Bear’s Mill. Meet in main parking lot. For more information on SQM Workshops: CONTACT SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us or (937) 481-4510

May 23, 2019: 6:30-8:30PM Olentangy River SQM workshop (Central Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Meet at Highbanks Metropark and go to Big Meadows, turn left into the loop, and Park at first lot on  left.

May 25, 2019: 1:00PM-3:00PM Float the Pond – Three Creeks Metro Park (Groveport, Ohio). Take a canoe out for a ride on Heron Pond. Children must be at least 40 inches tall to ride. Meet at Heron Pond.

May 25, 2019: 2PM Crouching Damsel, Hidden Dragonfly (Lima, Ohio) Ottawa Metro Park [2632 Ada Rd, Lima, OH 45801] Flying jewels and tigers of the sky, these aerial masters are invertebrate kings. Their larvae are aquatic, so you will usually find the adults near water, like at Ottawa Metro Park. We’ll visit the lake, pond, prairie and river to catch and observe as many of these awesome insects as we can! Some nets will be provided, be prepared to hike in the weather and to get your feet wet/muddy in the stream.

May 26, 2019: 1-3 PM Sunday in the Swamp (Reynoldsburg, Ohio). Scoop up slimy critters from a buttonbush swamp at the Blacklick Woods Metro Park – Nature Center. Keep an eye out for cool spreadwings and swamp darners!

May 27, 2019: 1-3 PM Canoe the Lakes ( West Jefferson, Ohio). Prairie Oaks Metro Park – See the lakes from a canoe or kayak. Equipment provided. Meet at Darby Bend Lakes

May 29, 2019: 6pm-8pm Chagrin Scenic River SQM Workshop (?, Ohio) Contact Ryan Moss to RSVP at ryan.moss@dnr.state.oh.us.

May 31st – June 2nd – The Ohio Dragonfly Conference (Rio Grande, Ohio). More information and registration on this page:  https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019-ohio-dragonfly-conference/

June 5, 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. Free to the public!

June 5, 2019: 6PM -8PM Little Miami Stream Quality Monitoring Workshop (Bellbrook, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local scenic river. Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. This counts as the first step to becoming a stream quality monitoring volunteer. Location: Fort Ancient Canoe Access. Meet in the parking lot next to Morgan’s Canoe Livery. For more information and to RSVP please contact: SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us

June 5, 2019: 6pm-8pm Lt Beaver Wild & Scenic SQM Workshop (?, Ohio) Contact Ryan Moss to RSVP at ryan.moss@dnr.state.oh.us.

June 6, 2019: 7 PM Gardening for Dragons (Granville, Ohio) MaLisa Spring will cover how to support dragonflies near you and backyard management tips for dragonflies and other insects.  More details on location forthcoming.

June 6, 2019: 6:30-8:30PM Mohican River SQM Workshop (Loundenville, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Connect with your river for the day or continue the experience by becoming a stream quality monitoring volunteer. This workshop will held at the shelter house at the Mohican State Park campgrounds at 3116 State Route 3, Loudonville.  When entering the campground main entrance, take an immediate left to the shelter house and creek access area. For more information or to RSVP, contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

June 8th, 2019: 9:00 AM Dragon Hunting at Wiregrass Lake (Holland, Ohio) Dashers, dancers, clubtails, and bluets! What better place to stalk odonates than the spot that has more recorded species of dragonflies and damselflies than any other Toledo Metropark? Join Kim Smith for a morning of looking up, down, and all around Wiregrass Lake. We’ll see photogenic crowd-pleasers like the Calico Pennant as well as the needle-sized Bluets that hide in the grass. Bring your binoculars and camera for the leisurely half-mile walk around the lake. This is an event for the Toledo Naturalists’ Association, but is open to any participants!

June 8th, 2019: 12:00-6PM MORPC RiverFest (Columbus, Ohio). At the Scioto Mile, get a chance to Kayak during the Columbus Arts Festival and also consider documenting dragons while you are out.

June 11,12, & 13 10 AM – 3 PM Dashing Dragons, Daring Damsels Day Camp (Lima, Ohio) McLean Teddy Bear Park [2004 N Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH 45801] While not fire-breathers, Dragonflies are incredible creatures and seldom disappoint any audience. Damselflies, while they may be daintier then their cousin dragons, are truly formidable as well. Come learn about these cool bugs and search them in the wild! Be prepared for the weather and dress to explore both land and water, with closed toed shoes. Bring a sack lunch, water bottle and sunscreen/bugspray as needed. Registration along with a fee is required by June 7th, call 419-221-1232

June 12, 2019: 7 PM Gardening for Dragons and documenting backyard species (Columbus, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring at the Serendipity Garden Club meeting, specific location to be updated closer to the meeting date. (The talk starts around 7:30, but the meeting starts beforehand). The talk will be at 324 Weydon Rd.  Worthington. Email tjwait@pobox.com with questions.

June 15, 2019: 1 PM Dragons and Damsels (Lima, Ohio) Lippincott Bird Sanctuary [3093 Bellefontaine Rd, Lima, OH 45804] Flying jewels and tigers of the sky, these aerial masters are invertebrate kings. We’ll visit the wetlands as well as the prairie to observe, photograph, and catch as many of these awesome insects as we can! Some nets will be provided. Bring your camera or smartphone to participate in a statewide survey. Be prepared for the weather and ground conditions and bring bug spray (not for the dragons, obviously!)

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. Free to the public!

June 16, 2019 12:30-5:30 PM Olentangy River Canoe Float (Delaware, Ohio). Join ODNR and Preservation Parks for a 5 mile canoe float on the Olentangy State Scenic River. From Mingo Park, participants will be shuttled upstream to Preservation Park’s River Run access at Main Road to begin the float, which will include stops for bird watching and netting aquatic life. ODNR will provide canoes and equipment, or participants may bring their own kayaks. Children must be 8 years or older to participate and accompanied by a parent or gaurdian.  Pre-registration is required at heather.doherty@dnr.state.oh.us.

June 19, 2019: 6PM – 8PM Stillwater River SQM Workshop (Troy, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Brukner Nature Center. Park in the Nature Center parking lot. For more information on SQM Workshops: CONTACT SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us or (937) 481-4510

June 20, 2019: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Kokosing River SQM Workshop (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Meet at the canoe access in Riverside Park, Mt. Vernon Ohio.  For S.R. 36, follow Dike Road approximately 1/4 mile north and park at the canoe access on the left. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

June 22, 2019: 1:30 PM Dragons at the Mound: Photographing Dragonflies (Granville, Ohio). Join MaLisa Spring at Infirmary Mound Park for a short 15 minute presentation at Shelter 3 to learn fun facts about dragonflies and how to photograph them. Then join us on an hour photography walk. Get up close and personal with dragons netted for research purposes. Bring your camera or cell phone and join us on this adventure! This will be both a photography methods and natural history walk, so feel free to ask as questions about getting “the shot” or for fun facts (ex: baby dragonflies breathe through their butts). Leashed dogs welcome per park rules. Free to the public!

June 22, 2019: 12-3PM Northern Olentangy Watershed (NOW) Festival (Delaware, Ohio). A great excuse to go outside, the NOW Festival  has guided nature walks, scavenger hunts, a Rubber duck race, and a raffle for a tandem kayak! Several informational booths and chances to go canoeing or creeking with the ODNR. It will take place at Mingo Park at 500 E. Lincoln Avenue in Delaware. Free to the public! Flyer here: NOW Fest Flyer PDF

June 29, 2019: 9:30 AM-3:00PM Clear Fork Mohican River Canoe Float (Loudonville, Ohio). Kayak four miles of the Clear Fork State Scenic River through Mohican State Park. Participants must be at least 9 years of age and minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment will be provided. This is a great chance to see some river dragons. If you have a waterproof phone or camera case, you might be able to document some cool beasts! RSVP required at Lisa.Katz-Durham@dnr.state.oh.us

July 6, 2019: 10:00 AM- 12PM Darby River SQM Workshop (Galloway, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Meet at Indian Ridge bulletin board in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, off of Darby Creek Drive just south of Georgesville Road. For more information contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

July 12-14, 2019: Mothapalooza (Portsmouth, Ohio). This event is focused on moths, but dragons are sure to be found.

July 13, 2019 (rain date July 16th): 8:00-1030 PM. Insect Night Walk (Wooster, Ohio). Join The Ohio State Entomology Department students, staff and volunteers at the Secrest Arboretum for a night filled with insect-themed activities including: The Bug Zoo, Cockroach Races, Maggot Art, Firefly Catching, Edible Insects, …and much more! At the end of the night take a guided walk through the arboretum to learn all about insect life after dark. Bring your flashlight, sneakers, and a bug jar (a plastic peanut butter jar works great). Not a dragonfly specific event, but still a fun one for kids to learn about insects. Free to the public!

July 13, 2019: 9:00 AM-4PM Highbanks Metropark Outdoor Adventure (Central Ohio). Celebrate healthy family living, connecting with nature and getting outside to play! Free to the public. There will tentatively be a table for the Ohio Dragonfly Survey at this event.

July 13, 2019: 2PM – 4PM Little Miami Stream Quality Monitoring Workshop (Maineville, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local scenic river. Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. This counts as the first step to becoming a stream quality monitoring volunteer. Location: Carl Rahe Access. Meet in the parking lot near the shelter house. For more information and to RSVP please contact: SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us

July 19-20, 2019: Coyote Run Bioblitz (Pickerington, Ohio) Join naturalists of all stripes as we try to document as many species as possible on the Coyote Run Farm. Make sure to sign up if you want to attend the bioblitz. Registration found here: https://www.ohwetlands.org/bioblitz-2019.html

July 20, 2019: 8:30-11AM Clean-Up at Delaware Lake (Delaware, Ohio). Canoes and kayaks will be available to volunteers to help clean up the lake. Maybe you will also see some dragons while you are out? In between cleaning up, you could take a break to document the cool dragons around you. Please register on their website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-up-at-delaware-lake-tickets-61152769580

July 21, 2019: 1-4 PM Chadwick Arboretum Open House (Columbus, Ohio). Enjoy the annual arboretum open house for a chance to see dragonflies and damselflies. The Ohio Dragonfly Survey will have a table and or dragon walk at the event.

July 24, 2019: 6PM – 8PM Stillwater River SQM Workshop (Dayton, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Wegerzyn Gardens – Five Rivers Metro Parks. Meet in the botanical garden parking lot and look for the Division of Watercraft vehicle.  For this location, please register at www.metroparks.org (Program B145)  For more information and to RSVP please contact: SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us

July 25, 2019: 6:30-8:30PM Mohican River SQM Workshop (Loundenville, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Connect with your river for the day or continue the experience by becoming a stream quality monitoring volunteer. This workshop will held at the shelter house at the Mohican State Park campgrounds at 3116 State Route 3, Loudonville.  When entering the campground main entrance, take an immediate left to the shelter house and creek access area. For more information or to RSVP, contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

July 26-27, 2019: Midwest Native Plant Conference (Dayton, Ohio) MaLisa will give a guided walk on Friday of the conference in addition to a presentation on Dragonflies. Space is limited at this conference.

August 3, 2019: 2PM Dragonfly Exploration (Lima, Ohio) McLean Teddy Bear Park [2004 N Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH 45801] Join a naturalist for a short presentation on these incredible insects followed by fun activities! Learn why dragon and damselflies 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 a statewide survey. Some nets will be provided, be prepared for the weather and to get your feet wet/muddy.

August 7, 2019: 6PM – 8PM Little Miami Stream Quality Monitoring Workshop (Bellbrook, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local scenic river. Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. This counts as the first step to becoming a stream quality monitoring volunteer. Location: Bass Island, Meet in the parking lot managed by Hamilton County Parks. For more information on SQM Workshops: CONTACT SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us or (937) 481-4510

August 10, 2019: 1-4 PM River Jam Event (Sandusky County, Ohio) At Wolf Creek Park just south of Fremont. More information forthcoming.

August 15, 2019: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Kokosing River SQM Workshop (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Meet at the canoe access in Riverside Park, Mt. Vernon Ohio.  For S.R. 36, follow Dike Road approximately 1/4 mile north and park at the canoe access on the left. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

August 18, 2019: 3PM – 5PM Stillwater River SQM Workshop (Dayton, Ohio) Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Aullwood Garden Metro Park. Meet in the parking lot near the river access. For more information and to RSVP please contact: SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us

August 28, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:30PM Greenville SQM Workshop (Greenville, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Location: Tecumseh Point- Greenville. Meet in the parking lot on the west side of Broadway, north of the bridge. For more information on SQM Workshops: CONTACT SWSQM@dnr.state.oh.us or (937) 481-4510

August 29, 2019: 6:30 PM – 8:30PM Darby River SQM Workshop (Galloway, Ohio). Come explore stream life in your local Scenic River.  Learn how ODNR determines stream health by the types of animals we find using a kick seine and turning rocks. Free and open to the public. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Meet at Indian Ridge bulletin board in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, off of Darby Creek Drive just south of Georgesville Road. For more information contact Christine.Szymanski@dnr.state.oh.us

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