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Although the main survey period is now over, the Ohio Odonata Society is still accepting photo observation records via iNaturalist. So if you find any cool dragonflies and damselflies in 2020 and beyond, consider submitting them to contribute to our knowledge!

The iNaturalist project can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/ohio-dragonfly-survey-ohio-odonata-survey

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

What are you interested in?
Species distributions in Ohio: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/species-distributions-across-ohio/
How to find dragonflies and damselflies: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/searching-for-dragonflies-and-damselflies/
Identification resources: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/identification-resources/
How to submit records to iNaturalist: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/photo-submissions-inaturalist/visual-guide-to-photo-submissions/

If you have any questions, contact:
MaLisa Spring (State Coordinatorspring.99@osu.edu),

The Ohio Odonata Society collaborated with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to update the original Ohio Odonata Survey that ran from 1991 – 2001. The newest survey ran from 2017 through 2019.

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

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. You can also become a member of the Ohio Odonata Society which has grants that fund Odonata Research in Ohio.









Upcoming Events

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 March 27, 2020 The Ohio Dragonfly Survey and Community Scientists (Lyndhurst, Ohio) MaLisa was invited to speak at a symposium on community volunteers and restoration impacts at the annual meeting for the Society for Ecological Restoration. For more information, see: https://chapter.ser.org/midwestgreatlakes/annual-meetings/current-meeting/
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 March 28, 2020 9 – 3 pm. Gardening for Dragons (Grove City, Ohio). The 20th annual Gardens at Gantz Farm Volunteer symposium will be held at the Evans Senior Center in Grove City.  The theme will be “2020 Vision: A Greener Planet One Garden At A Time”. Register through the mail with this form: SymposiumBrochure20
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 April 25, 2020 Coyote Run Bioblitz (Pickerington, Ohio).
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 June 5-7, 2020 The Ohio Dragonfly Conference (Mansfield, Ohio) Join us for our annual meeting to learn more about dragonflies and damselflies while getting some time outside with expert led field trips! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohio-dragonfly-conference-2020-tickets-97296062141
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 June 19-21, 2020 Dragonfly Society of the Americas Annual Meeting (Oklahoma!) See info on their website here: https://www.dragonflysocietyamericas.org/2020-meeting
POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 March 20, 2020 9-3 pm Now September 11th, 2020. Ohio Rivers Symposium (Columbus, Ohio). Join the Scenic Rivers program to learn about the many cool research projects happening in Ohio Rivers. Pre-registration required, but there is quite a nice line-up of speakers covering topics such as fish, mussels, dragonflies, and much more! It will be held at the ODOT building at 1980 W Broad St, Columbus, OH. To register, go to: https://wmao.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=4002&club_id=259593&item_id=1159559

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