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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

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.

July 27, 2019 2-3 PM Surveying for Dragonflies at Mill Stream Run Reservation (Berea, Ohio) Join Naturalist Marty Calabrese for another opportunity to observe dragonflies and damselflies. Observations will be uploaded to Ohio Odonata Survey via iNaturalist. ID skills not required. Nets provided.

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

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