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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

February 23, 2019: Ohio Natural History Conference (Columbus, Ohio) This great conference is the perfect time to learn about current natural history work in Ohio. Registration is also typically cheap, so it is easy access to most.

March 17-20, 2019: North Central Branch Entomological Society of America meeting (Cincinnati, Ohio) Registration required. MaLisa will give a short presentation on the Survey, but there will be many other cool presentation related to current research on insects.

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.

March 23, 2019: Museum Open House (Columbus, Ohio) Want to learn about the inner workings of the Museum of Biological Diversity? Join us on Saturday, March 23rd to tour the many collections and learn how they are used for research. It is a great event for kids and adults. FREE ATTENDANCE

March 23, 2019: Butterfly Identification and Monitoring Workshop (Youngstown, Ohio) Although not directly related to dragonflies, learning about butterflies and different monitoring schemes might be of interest to you. Plus, it gives you an additional excuse to get out in the field to look for cool insects. Registration is $15 (or $5 if you bring your own lunch). Free attendance for students. Registration is due by March 16th and registration is limited to 120 participants. More information and how to register are in this pdf. Ohio Lepidopterist Workshop 3.23.19

March 30, 2019: Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo (Huron, Ohio). The Ohio Odonata Society will have a booth at this expo. There will be all sorts of cool outdoor related events and talks at this expo. FREE TO THE PUBLIC

April 4-6, 2019: Vernalpoolooza (Ashland, Ohio). Join the Ohio Wetlands Association to learn about all things vernal pool related. Talks on Amphibians, 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 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.

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 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)

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.

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

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 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.


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