06 de noviembre de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] Submission Deadline plus Photo Use Permission Form

As much as some of us want to deny it, the cold is here, taking with it most of the active dragonflies. I am also disappointed to report that I had zero children dressed up as dragonflies on Halloween, not even as Halloween Pennants!? (I joke, we all know we don't want to try to replicate the intricate wing venation of dragonflies for a large costume.)

A few people are still reporting the occasional active Autumn Meadowhawk, so keep an eye out on warm-ish days. Our latest reported flight date for that species is Nov 27th, so keep on photographing them!

Photo record deadline - December 1st:
Please have all observations uploaded to iNaturalist by December 1st so we have time to process them. This also allows us to include that data in this years reports and upcoming maps. If you are having trouble uploading photo records, or need help in any way, feel free to email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu

Photo selection for the upcoming Ohio Field Guide:
Thanks to those of you who have already submitted permission forms!!

We are creating an All Ohio Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies. This is meant to be an easy to use field guide for anyone looking to learn about Ohio Odonata. We are in the process of writing the bulk of the book, but we want our volunteers to have a chance to potentially have their images selected for the publication.

If you are interested in potentially having your images selected for inclusion in the book, please fill out our Photo Use Permission Letter and either email or send via snail mail to MaLisa. You can find the form here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/files/2019/10/PhotoPermission.pdf

For additional information, see the blog post here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019/10/09/upcoming-book-photo-request/

Random fact:
Several of us have noticed mites attached to dragonflies and damselflies. However, the attached mite is just one stage of a really weird life cycle! Their free-swimming form is arguably one of the most beautiful mites, with vibrant colors and ornate shapes. Check out some of the cool "blueberries" and their weird life history in the about tab here: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/121463-Arrenurus

Upcoming events:
Jan 25, 2020 Ohio Lepidopterists Annual Meeting at Columbus Audubon Center. Meeting details still being worked out, but we will have an overview of the dragonfly survey and I know they booked Kenn Kaufman. Attendance is free.
2020 Ohio Dragonfly Conference will be held in Richland County on June 5th-7th with Kyle Bailey as the lead organizer.

Still writing,
MaLisa Spring

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09 de octubre de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] Call for images for new field guide & regular photo observation deadline Dec 1st

Hi Everyone,

Things were already slowing down in September, but this cold front (and possible frost this weekend) might really knock down what we see. Note that things will still fly after the frost, but at much lower numbers. We have had reports of Autumn Meadowhawks and Great Spreadwings late into the season, so there are still photo opportunities available.

Otherwise, please try to get your photo records (and physical specimens) in by December 1st. If you haven't done so already and are running into difficulty, let me know and I can try to help.

Photo record deadline - December 1st:
Please have all observations uploaded to iNaturalist by December 1st so we have time to process them. This also allows us to include that data in this years reports and upcoming maps. If you are having trouble uploading photo records, or need help in any way, feel free to email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu

Photo selection for the upcoming Ohio Field Guide:
We are creating an All Ohio Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies. This is meant to be an easy to use field guide for anyone looking to learn about Ohio Odonata. We are in the process of writing the bulk of the book, but we want our volunteers to have a chance to potentially have their images selected for the publication.

If you are interested in potentially having your images selected for inclusion in the book, please fill out our Photo Use Permission Letter and either email or send via snail mail to MaLisa. You can find the form here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/files/2019/10/PhotoPermission.pdf

For additional information, see the blog post here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019/10/09/upcoming-book-photo-request/

Upcoming events:
Oct 17, 7 PM Dashers, Darners & Dancers. Join the Toledo Naturalists Association as Rick Nirschl talks about cool dragonflies and damselflies. This will be at Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Preserve in Toledo. https://www.facebook.com/events/1259532297558167/
Oct 30th 9AM-4PM One Day Insect University. Join entomology enthusiasts for a daylong exploration of the world of insects at the 4-H Center in Columbus. Registration is required and the fee of $35 includes morning refreshments, lunch, and tour. There are about 20 spaces left. MaLisa will be talking about the dragonfly survey in the second afternoon session. Register here: https://u.osu.edu/certify/one-day-insect-university/

That is all for now. Let me know if you have any questions or need assistance uploading photo records.

Best wishes,
MaLisa Spring

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30 de agosto de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] Fall is upon us!

Hi everyone!

The season is starting to slow down, but there are still several cool fall species. If you haven't seen an Autumn Meadowhawk, Blue-Faced Meadowhawk, Great Spreadwing, or Slaty Skimmer, they are still out! I know Swift Setwings are also still out, albeit localized to their known locations so far.

Photo and specimen Record Submission Deadline - December 1st
Please be sure to submit your observations to iNaturalist by December 1st! Any photo records from Ohio from any time are greatly appreciated. They need to be submitted to iNaturalist to be included in our dataset. Specimen records are also due to MaLisa by this date unless an alternative arrangement is made.

Photo request for the Ohio Dragonfly Field Guide:
Sometime this fall, we will be doing a call for images to be included in the upcoming field guide covering all Ohio Dragonflies and Damselflies. We are still working out the logistics, but if you are interested in having your images in a published book, keep an eye out for our updated announcement.

Other upcoming events:
September 7, 2019: 10 AM Modern Day Dragons (Greenville, Ohio) https://darkecoparks.recdesk.com/Community/Program/Detail?programId=90
September 14, 2019: 10 AM Bug in the Bog (Urbana, Ohio) https://cedarbognp.org/wp-content/uploads/Cedar-Bog-Happenings-2019.pdf

No longer want to receive these emails? Send an email to spring.99@osu.edu with the words unsubscribe and I can take you off the list.

Best wishes,
MaLisa Spring
State Coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey

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06 de agosto de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] August is upon us, what other oddities will we find?

Thank you so much to everyone who has submitted observations to iNaturalist! We have hit 56,000 observations, 20,000 of which are from this year! We still want more records as some of the fall species like the Great Spreadwing are just emerging.

Oddities to watch:
Swift Setwings (Dythemis velox): This late season flier is out now! Check old quarry lakes near you and you might find them!
Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii): at an aquatics plants distributor near you? Known from Green, Cleveland, and Cincinnati distributors, but we have yet to find them in the "wild"
Thornbush Dasher (Micrathryia hagenii): Not documented in Ohio yet, but a very credible source has found one across the border in PA. These might be vagrants that would be found in ponds with heavy vegetation

Record Submission Deadline - December 1st
Please be sure to submit your observations to iNaturalist by December 1st! Any photo records from Ohio from any time are greatly appreciated. They need to be submitted to iNaturalist to be included in our dataset. Specimen records are also due to MaLisa by this date unless an alternative arrangement is made.

Counties with low 2019 observations:
Mostly eastern counties with a low human population - Belmont (n=19), Noble (n=23), Columbiana (n=29), Monroe (n=29), Jefferson (n = 38).
Then we start getting some NW counties that need attention - Marion (n=39), Hardin (n=43), Sandusky (n=43).

Species we have almost documented in all counties in 2019: (Want to help cover the board?) Data extracted by Jim Lemon
Fragile Forktail - 1 more --> Belmont
Eastern Amberwing - 2 more --> Meigs, Monroe
Widow Skimmer - 3 more --> Meigs, Monroe, Washington
Eastern Forktail - 3 more --> Knox, Meigs, Morgan

Other upcoming events:
Most of the remaining outreach events are Stream Quality Monitoring Workshops hosted by the Scenic Rivers program. Check out their website here: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm
Targeted Searches:
I hope to do a targeted search in Eastern Ohio Aug 13 and 14th next week (Tues/Wednesday), weather pending. Send me an email (spring.99@osu.edu) if you would like to join or meet up at some of the spots. This will be at a suite of counties including Noble, Belmont, Jefferson, and Columbiana with an emphasis on Clubtails, but we will take what we can get.

Stay hydrated,
MaLisa Spring
State Coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey

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18 de julio de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] Mid-July Update!

Hi Everyone,

The heat is killer, but that doesn't seem to be stopping most of you. Thanks again for all of your help, past and present. If you are out in the field in the next couple of days, make sure to take plenty of water and recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke (See: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html). All of you are important, so don't push yourselves too far for the dragonflies. If you do go out in the field in this heat, make it a game where you take an extra drink of water for every dragonfly you see doing the obelisk pose (meaning it is so hot, that it is trying to minimize the surface area and decrease heat).

We have surpassed 50,000 records on iNaturalist!

A note from Jim Lemon:
The general summary is that "We will be over 14,000 observations for 2019 by the end of the week, from over 500 different observers, representing 125 species so far".
"We have two [species] now with 2019 observations in all Ohio Counties – Blue Dasher and Common Whitetail. [Species close to being observed in all counties include]: Eastern Pondhawk (85), Fragile Forktail (84), Eastern Forktail (83), Widow Skimmer (82).
These numbers are changing every day – we are averaging over 330 submissions per day, July is on track to be our first 10,000 observation month."

Jim's expanded note and map is formatted as a blog on the webpage here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019/07/18/2019-revised-map-updates/

Also, a note from Bill Hull: “watch out for odes that might be moving north with the blast of wind and heat from the south. I saw a “Red” Saddlebags fly over my urban yard a little bit ago that I suspect was a real Red Saddlebags. In particular, people should watch for Red and Striped Saddlebags and Band-winged Dragonlets.”

Other updates:
A Symposium on "WETLANDS MITIGATING HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS SYMPOSIUM
IN NORTHERN OHIO" will take place on Saturday August 3 in Huron, Ohio. Registration is $30 for regular attendees or $15 for students. Registration can be found on the Ohio Wetlands Association page here: https://www.ohwetlands.org/

Little Blue Dragonlets (Blue Dasher look-alikes) have been rediscovered in Ohio! If you see any Blue Dashers with a lot more blue on their thorax and a black instead of white face, make sure to photo document it! You might have a Little Blue Dragonlet! The known sites are currently restricted access, so it would be awesome to find them in more locations. This will be most likely in Southern Ohio. We have a historical record from Vinton County in 1933, but it has been photo documented in Pike County this year by Nina Harfmann.

It is also now season for Swift Setwings! We are up to 9 counties so far. Where will we document them this year?? Check quarry lakes, but they might show up in any habitat (small ponds, big rivers).

Lilypad Forktails are also out! Check sites with White Waterlily, but don't overlook damselflies on watershield either! We spotted some at Mothapalooza last weekend, with only watershield and spatterdock plants visible.

Other upcoming events:
July 19-20 Coyote Run Bioblitz (Pickerington, Ohio) Join us to document as many species of all living organisms as we can in 24 hours! Make sure to register! https://www.ohwetlands.org/bioblitz-2019.html
July 20 Clean-Up at Delaware Lake (Delaware, Ohio) Use a canoe and kayak to help clean up the lake. Maybe even document some dragonflies while you are on the water? Register on their webpage. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-up-at-delaware-lake-tickets-61152769580
July 21 Chadwick Arboretum Open House (Columbus, Ohio) Enjoy the annual arboretum open house for a chance to see dragonflies and damselflies.
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 2 PM 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.
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage)

Am I missing other water related events? Do you want one near you? Let me know and I will try to work something out!

Stay hydrated,
MaLisa Spring
State Coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey

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08 de julio de 2019

Late season dragons emerging now!

Hi everyone,

The rain has not stopped us! Despite the historic flooding and rain for what felt like most of May and June, we are getting record numbers of observations. This is perhaps in part due to even more people out looking and submitting observations. Thank you again for taking time to help us understand our dragonflies and damselflies.

Thanks also to our many identifiers on iNaturalist who are confirming our records and helping the newbies with identifications. (Props to @jimlem , @sallypsandpiper , and @joshualincoln , all of whom have contributed over 10,000 identifications!)

Dragons in the News:
- Jim McCormac wrote an article about dragonflies for the Columbus Dispatch last weekend where he highlights the Paiute Dancer and other weird rarities that are moving northward.
- Be sure to check out our blog posts on our survey page as we update them. There is a 2019 Progress Post and a Species Breakout post .

Save the Date!
Mark your calendars now! The 2020 Ohio Dragonfly Conference will be June 5-7 in Richland and surrounding counties. This is an easy drive along 71, and plenty of nice accommodations. The habitat of the area is pretty cool, with several Spiketails, Lilypad Forktails, and other fun beasts found in the area. It will be organized by Kyle Bailey (Current Ohio Odonata Society Vice President). If you want to give a talk or help out with conference organizing, send him an email at kbailey@richlandcountyoh.us

2019 Under-surveyed counties
As of a few days ago, Jim Lemon did an extraction from the iNaturalist data to show which counties have had the least attention this year. The following counties have had fewer than 30 observations submitted for this year: Belmont (1 observation!), Columbiana (6), Noble (7), Scioto (12), Lawrence (15), Putnam (16), Henry (19), Knox (20), Wood (20), Monroe (21), Tuscarawas (22), Erie (23), Sandusky (23), Ottawa (24), Mercer (25), Paulding (26), Vinton (26), Jefferson (30 observations).

Volunteer opportunities:
Do you want to help get more people excited about dragonflies and damselflies?
- Another Central Ohio volunteer is wanted for the Highbanks Metropark Outdoor Adventure on July 13th. We will have a table and outreach display for the Ohio Dragonfly Survey, but we currently only have one person signed up to help at this huge event. Any extra help is appreciated. Please email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu to confirm.
- If you want to give a presentation to a local group, MaLisa can provide you with prepared slides. She can also get you ODNR booklets and other survey outreach handouts. Send her an email at spring.99@osu.edu

Other upcoming events:
July 13: 8 PM -10 PM Insect Night Walk (Wooster, Ohio) Join the OSU entomology department to learn about cool bugs at this family friendly event. Make Maggot Art, pick a winner in the cockroach races, and have fun on a firefly walk. Free to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/seacrest-arboretum/insect-night-walk/2396071537111524/
July 11, 2019 - 3:30-4:30 PM River Rarities: Stream Fun (Mt. Vernon, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring, Knox County Park District, and ODNR’s Scenic Rivers Program in the shallow riffles of Millwood Water Access near 62. Get your feet wet (wear closed-toe shoes please!) and see some of our coolest river dragons up close! Limited numbers of nets will be provided for use during the program.
July 13: 9 AM - 4 PM Highbanks Metropark Outdoor Adventure (Lewis Center, Ohio) Celebrate healthy family living, connecting with nature and getting outside to play! Free to the public. https://www.10tv.com/article/10tv-metro-parks-outdoor-adventure
July 16 11AM Exploring Stream Life within Little Beaver Creek State Wild & Scenic River (East Liverpool, Ohio). Registration required here: https://www.onapa.org/onapa-field-trips.html
July 19-20 Coyote Run Bioblitz (Pickerington, Ohio) Join us to document as many species of all living organisms as we can in 24 hours! Make sure to register! https://www.ohwetlands.org/bioblitz-2019.html
July 20 Clean-Up at Delaware Lake (Delaware, Ohio) Use a canoe and kayak to help clean up the lake. Maybe even document some dragonflies while you are on the water? Register on their webpage. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clean-up-at-delaware-lake-tickets-61152769580
July 21 Chadwick Arboretum Open House (Columbus, Ohio) Enjoy the annual arboretum open house for a chance to see dragonflies and damselflies.
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. https://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/parks/programs-events/2019/rrnc/july/ohio-dragonfly-survey-1
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage)

Interested in joining us in the field for a smaller dragonfly outing?
Small group outings are regularly in the works, but I tend not to post them here as they are tentative and weather reliant. I (MaLisa) am planning to try to do an overnight trip on July 22 and 23, but the target location and taxa is TBD. Other regional coordinators are likely to have their own mini-outings planned, so consider reaching out to them.
I have also listed many of the Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Workshops from the ODNR Scenic Rivers programs on our events list. The program is focused on all aquatic "bugs", but you are likely to see some really cool dragons out on the streams with them. See their website for more information: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm
July SQM Workshops:
July 6 - Darby River
July 13 Little Miami
July 24 Stillwater River
July 25 Mohican River
More dates and sites for SQM can be found on their webpage.

Am I missing other water related events? Do you want one near you? Let me know and I will try to work something out!

Best wishes,
MaLisa Spring
State Coordinator of the Ohio Dragonfly Survey

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05 de junio de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] A new state record! June is the time for finding lots of Species

Hi everyone!

The Ohio Dragonfly Conference was a success! The weather cooperated on Saturday, so we saw lots of cool dragons. Many Blue Corporals were spotted at Kenton Lake, along with an abundance of Spangled Skimmers and Banded Pennants. My group was lucky to see a few Citrine Forktails, a Great Blue Skimmer, Spangled Skimmers, and Banded Pennants. Unbeknownst to me at the time, what I thought were aberrant Banded Pennants missing wing coloration turned out to be Double-Ringed Pennants, a new state record!

Kim Smith also wrote a blog about her experience at the conference. You can check it out here: https://natureismytherapy.com/2019/06/03/odo-con-2019-finds-a-new-ohio-record/

More Potential State Records?
Let's see how many new state records we can get this year! Last year, we tried to get the Duckweed Firetail in southern Ohio, but there are several others that we might expect to show up somewhere in Ohio.

Sparkling Jewelwing: anticipated in Southern Ohio in sandy streams
Vernal Bluet: anticipated in Northern Ohio, but hard to ID without a specimen - looks like Northern or Boreal Bluets. Get a clear shot of terminal appendages to confirm
Attenuated Bluet: anticipated in Southern Ohio in shrubby/woodland areas, potentially tied to sandy areas
Duckweed Firetail: anticipated in Southern Ohio in shaded ponds/swaps with lots of duckweed
Bar-winged Skimmer: anticipated in Southern Ohio in forested habitats
Hudsonian or Crimson-ringed Whitefaces: anticipated in northern Ohio in bogs or fens?
Stillwater Clubtail: anticipated in SW Ohio - looks similar to Jade Clubtail, which was found last year. Stillwater has blue eyes, whereas Jade has green eyes. Check muddy ponds/lakes
Gray-Green Clubtail: anticipated in southern Ohio in slow moving water. Similar to Jade Clubtail, but more pale in coloration
Harpoon Clubtail: anticipated in SE Ohio - in the Phanogomphus group, so hard to ID without a specimen. Check sandy streams with good currents
Mustached Clubtail: Anticipated somewhere. It has been found in every border sate except Indiana. Males have large black clubs.
Cocoa Clubtail: Anticipated in SW Ohio in moving water. Has a lighter, chocolate colored club.
Sable Clubtail: Anticipated in SE Ohio in small, narrow forested streams with sand or gravel bottoms. A dark clubtail with not much in the way of a club.
Zebra Clubtail: Anticipated in Eastern or SE Ohio. A bold, black clubtail with distinct rings on abdomen. Needs clean rivers and streams with sand or cobble, with fast current and forested
Maine Snaketail: Anticipated in Eastern or SE Ohio. Bright green thorax like the other Snaketails
Pygmy Snaketail: Anticipated in southern Ohio? Weird patchy distribution for this ono.
Interior Least Clubtail: anticipated in southern Ohio, hard to differentiate from Eastern Least Clubtail

The above are a short list of species that have been documented in bordering states, but not yet in Ohio. We could still find others not on the above list, so keep your eyes peeled for something different!

Other updates:
Know a child who wants to do something cool this summer? Consider Dandelion Detectives, a new project trying to understand pollinators on dandelions. See: https://u.osu.edu/dandeliondetectives/
Are you in central Ohio and interested in helping with outreach events? We need another person to help with the Ohio Outdoor Adventure day at Highbanks Metropark on July 13th from 9 am to 4 pm. Please email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu

Other upcoming events:
June 5: 7PM Woodland Dragonflies (Dover, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring at the Dover Public Library for the East Central Ohio Forestry Association monthly meeting. She will cover cool species of forest dragons.
June 6: 7PM Gardening for Dragons (Granville, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring at Denison University in the Morgan Center Auditorium to learn how you can grow life in your backyard to support dragonflies.
June 8: 9AM Dragon Hunting at Wiregrass Lake (Holland, Ohio) Join Kim Smith and the Toledo Naturalists' Association for a morning walk to look for all kinds of cool dragons!
June 8 and 9: MORPC RiverFest (Columbus, Ohio) Get out on the water with kayaks or canoes and then go over to the Columbus Arts Festival at the nearby Bicentennial Park
June 10-14: Woods and Water Wandering Day Camp for kids (Mount Vernon, Ohio). MaLisa will give a dragonfly walk for kids on June 11th as part of this camp
June 11-13: Dashing Dragons, Daring Damsels Day Camp for kids (Lima, Ohio) At McLean Teddy Bear Park. Another nice day camp, but registration is required by June 7th. Call 419-221-1232
June 12: 7PM Gardening for Dragons (Worthington, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring at the Serendipity Garden Club meeting held at 324 Weydon Rd in Worthington, Ohio.
June 15: 1PM Dragons and Damsels Walk (Lima, Ohio). Join us for a walk in wetlands and prairie to document some cool dragons in Lippincott Bird Sanctuary [3093 Bellefontaine Rd, Lima, Ohio]
June 15: 1PM Dragonfly Day for kids (and kids at heart) (Lima, Ohio) Join Jim Lemon at Myeerah Nature Preserve for a short presentation followed by fun activities!
June 16: 12:30-5:30PM Olentangy River Canoe Float (Delaware, Ohio) Join the Scenic Rivers crew for a 5 mile canoe float. Register with Heather Doherty at heather.doherty@dnr.state.oh.us
June 19: 12 PM Project Nature Series - Dragonflies (Columbus, Ohio) Join MaLisa Spring for a brief talk on dragonflies followed by a walk to see what we can find in Mirror Lake. Meet at the Browning Amphitheater and bring a brown bag lunch
June 22: 1:30 PM Dragons at the Mound: Photographing Dragons (Granville, Ohio). Join MaLisa Spring at Infirmary Mound Park for a short presentation followed by a walk to search for dragons
June 22: 12-3 PM Northern Olengangy Watershed (NOW) Festival (Delaware, Ohio) Get out and enjoy nature with guided nature walks, a rubber ducky race, and a raffle for a tandem kayak! Meet at Mingo Park.
June 29: 9:30-3 Clear Fork Mohican River Canoe Float (Loudonville, Ohio). Free event to kayak 4 miles on the scenic river. Registration is required. Please email Lisa.Katz-Durham@dnr.state.oh.us
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2017/12/21/upcoming-events/ )

Interested in joining us in the field for a smaller dragonfly outing?
We have lots of fun events planned for this summer! Many are scheduled well in advance, but some targeted searches will be scheduled more on the fly depending on the weather.
Harrison/Belmont/Noble/Jefferson Blitz: Sometime in June or July on a few weekdays. If you want to tag along, please email MaLisa at spring.99@osu.edu
Hunt For Jade: Join Jim Lemon as he tries to relocate the Jade Clubtails at Lake Loramie. Please email Jim Lemon at jlem@woh.rr.com to get on the email list for that trip.

I have also listed many of the Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) Workshops from the ODNR Scenic Rivers programs on our events list. The program is focused on all aquatic "bugs", but you are likely to see some really cool dragons out on the streams with them. See their website for more information: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm
June SQM Workshops:
June 5 - Little Miami SQM Workshop
June 5 - Lt Beaver Wild and Scenic SQM Workshop
June 6 - Mohican River SQM Workshop
June 19 - Stillwater River SQM Workshop
June 20 - Kokosing River SQM

Am I missing other water related events? Do you want one near you? Let me know and I will try to work something out!

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03 de mayo de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] May is the time for dragons!

Hi everyone!

Despite all of the rain, we have been getting several cool records so far this year! We have had several reports of Common Green Darners, Swamp Darners, and Blue Corporals. Things are heating up! Have you made it out to find any dragonflies or damselflies yet?

The Ohio Dragonfly Conference is coming up! Have you registered ? Prime season for early dragons, we will be in Rio Grande, Ohio on May 31st-June 2nd. There are fun talks lined up including Gardening for Dragons, Photography, and several identification presentations! We hope to get out in the field and find the rare Blue Corporal and Uhler's Sunddragon. Please share with your friends who might be interested! Register here: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019-ohio-dragonfly-conference/

Other upcoming events: https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2017/12/21/upcoming-events/
May 5, 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 10, 2019: 4PM Pickerington Dragons (Pickerington, Ohio). Join MaLisa Spring for a dragonfly walk at Sycamore Creek Park. Park on Covered Bridge Ln near the kids playground. We will walk along the stream, through the Arboretum, and then up to the lake around the Moorhead Shelter. Leashed pets are welcome. Weather pending, if it is raining, the event will be cancelled.
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 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 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 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 31st-June 2nd: The Ohio Dragonfly Conference (Rio Grande, Ohio)
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage) https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2017/12/21/upcoming-events/

Interested in joining MaLisa Spring in the field for a smaller dragonfly outing?
Please email me at spring.99@osu.edu if you would like to join me on one of the following upcoming trips:
May 13/14: Putnam and Henry County Dragon Adventure - There are limited public access areas, but we will walk along the rivers, along cemetery edges, and small local park systems.
May 16: Hardin County Blitz: We will visit Saulisberry Park and a couple of other local spots
More small blitzes to be added throughout the season. These will be relatively informal wanders in search of dragons across the state and not the typical outreach event structure. They will also mostly be on weekdays. Email MaLisa for one near you, especially if you are in a high priority area (Sandusky, Huron, Crawford, Fayette, Harrison, Noble, Perry).

I have also listed many of the Stream Quality Monitoring (SWM) Workshops from the ODNR Scenic Rivers programs on our events list. The program is focused on all aquatic "bugs", but you are likely to see some really cool dragons out on the streams with them. See their website for more information: http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/sqm

May SQM Workshops:
May 8, 2019: 6PM -8PM Little Miami Stream Quality Monitoring Workshop (Bellbrook, Ohio).
May 9, 2019: 6:30 PM -8:30PM Darby River SQM Workshop (Galloway, Ohio).
May 18th, 2019: 2PM - 4PM Stillwater River SQM Workshop (Covington, Ohio)
May 22, 2019: 6-8PM Grand Wild & Scenic SQM Workshop (Lake County?, Ohio)
May 22, 2019: 6-8 PM Greenville Creek SQM Workshop (Covington, Ohio)
May 23, 2019: 6:30-8:30PM Olentangy River SQM workshop (Central Ohio)
May 29, 2019: 6pm-8pm Chagrin Scenic River SQM Workshop

Am I missing other water related events? Do you want one near you? Let me know and I will try to work something out!

Best wishes,

MaLisa Spring
State Coordinator for the Ohio Dragonfly Survey

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01 de marzo de 2019

[OhioDragonfly] The Dragons are coming!

Spring is fast approaching. That means it is time to prepare for our First of the Year dragons. Our earliest adult records last year were Sheree Cyra-Moorman and Joe Bens on April 5th with a Blue Corporal and Common Green Darner respectively. What will yours be?

A few things to note:
New Maps updated with 2018 data are live!
Species Flight Dates updated!
Finding Blue Corporals - new blog post

Keynote Speaker for the Ohio Dragonfly Conference confirmed!

Michael Moore is a research biologist who investigates how animal life cycles and mating interactions adapt to different environments. Michael has studied a diverse suite of animals in regions all across the United States—including dragonflies, amphibians, fish, and ladybugs. Michael received a B.S. from Gonzaga University, a M.S. from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Beginning later this summer, he will be starting as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Living Earth Collaborative—a new center for biodiversity research at Washington University, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens. He will talk about his recent research on Blue Dashers and using iNaturalist to unravel national differences in the population.

Have you registered for the conference yet? Make sure to sign up soon so you don't accidentally double book your weekend! It will be on May 31st-June 2nd this year, which is earlier than previous years to get more early season dragons. We have lots of fun talks line up including Gardening for Dragons, Photography, and several identification presentations! Plus, we hope to get out in the field and find the rare Blue Corporal and Uhler's Sunddragon. Please share with your friends who might be interested!

Other upcoming events:
March 17-20th: North Central Branch Entomological Society of America Meeting (Cincinnati) MaLisa will give a short talk on the dragonfly survey, but this is also a great time to learn about current research in all things insects. Conference registration on the higher end at $250-$290 for non-members
March 21: 7:30 PM: Ohio Citizens and Dragons: Documenting threatened species (Ashland)
March 23: Museum Open House (Columbus) Tour the research collections and learn how we use biological specimens for science. Also many activities for kids like face painting and live bug exhibits. FREE ATTENDANCE!
March 23, 2019: Butterfly Identification and Monitoring Workshop (Youngstown, Ohio) 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 30th: Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo (Huron, Ohio) Free to the Public! We will have a booth.
April 4-6th: Vernal Poolooza (Ashland).
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
May 31st-June 2nd: The Ohio Dragonfly Conference (Rio Grande, Ohio)
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage )

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05 de febrero de 2019

Ohio Dragonfly Conference Registration now open!

Hi everyone!

The registration page for this years conference and annual meeting is now open!

Join us for fun in the field, lots of presentations, and a chance to see rare dragons! Please share with those you think might be interested.

Great for beginners and advanced alike, we hope to find several cool spring species. We are also in the region that is likely to have both State Endangered species, the Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata) and Uhler's Sundragon (Helocordulia uhleri).

Dates: May 31st-June 2nd
Location: Rio Grande, Ohio
Cost: $10 for students, $40 for regular attendees

Register online at the bottom of this page:
https://u.osu.edu/ohioodonatasurvey/2019-ohio-dragonfly-conference/

Other Upcoming events:
February 23: Ohio Natural History Conference (Columbus) Another great conference focused broadly on natural history. Normally cheap registration
March 17-20th: North Central Branch Entomological Society of America Meeting (Cincinnati) MaLisa will give a short talk on the dragonfly survey, but this is also a great time to learn about current research in all things insects. Conference registration on the higher end at $250-$290 for non-members
March 21: 7:30 PM: Ohio Citizens and Dragons: Documenting threatened species (Ashland)
March 23: Museum Open House (Columbus) Tour the research collections and learn how we use biological specimens for science. Also many activities for kids like face painting and live bug exhibits. FREE ATTENDANCE!
March 30th: Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo (Huron, Ohio) FREE to the Public! We will have a booth.
April 4-6th: Vernal Poolooza (Ashland).
May 31st-June 2nd: The Ohio Dragonfly Conference (Rio Grande, Ohio)
(more events the rest of the summer listed on the webpage )

Anotado en febrero 05, martes 17:31 por malisaspring malisaspring | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario