This course is intended for anyone interested in dragonflies and in contributing to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America. Whether you are a novice or a pro when it comes to dragonflies, please join us for this fun and informative event to become a volunteer citizen science monitor and help us explore the amazing but understudied phenomenon of dragonfly migration!
Morning refreshments will be provided. Lunch is not included; please bring a sack luch.
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
This Dragonfly Migration Short Course is made possible with the support of the U.S. Forest Service International Programs.The Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) is chaired by Scott Black (Xerces Society) and vice-chaired by John Abbott (University of Texas-Austin). The following organizations are MDP partners:
~ Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources ~ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum ~ Pronatura Veracruz ~ Rutgers University ~ Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound ~ Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute ~ University of Texas at Austin ~ U.S. Geological Survey ~ Vermont Center for Ecostudies ~ The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Special thanks to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for hosting this event!
Photo credit Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) By Walter Chadwick
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - Chicago, IL
May 4, 2013
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dragonfly migration is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world, but also one of the least-known. To shed light on this understudied phenomenon, the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) is hosting dragonfly migration short courses across North America. The objective of these one-day events is to train participants to identify key migratory species and contribute data to ongoing MDP citizen science projects.
Dragonfly migration occurs on every continent except Antarctica. The aptly-named wandering glider (Pantala flavescens), though less famed as a migrant than the monarch butterfly, makes annual flights across the Indian Ocean that are twice the distance of monarch migrations. In North America, migrations are seen annually in late summer and early fall, when thousands to millions of insects stream southward along coasts, lake shores, and mountain ridges from Canada down to Mexico and the West Indies, passing along both coasts of the United States and through the Midwest. Movement back north is less obvious, but we know it occurs because mature adult dragonflies appear early in spring at places where overwintering resident immatures (nymphs) have not yet emerged.
Only about 16 of our 326 dragonfly species in North America are regular migrants, with some making annual seasonal flights while others are more sporadic. The major migratory species in North America are Common Green Darner (Anax junius), Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens), Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea), Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), and Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum).
Although it spans three countries and has been documented since the 1880s, North American dragonfly migration is still poorly understood, and much remains to be learned about migratory cues, flight pathways, and the southern limits of overwintering grounds. The MDP is filling this gap by combining research, citizen science, and education and outreach to better understand North America’s migrating dragonflies, and to promote conservation of their wetland habitat.
Migratory Dragonfly Short Courses will educate participants about dragonfly life history, ecology, and migratory behavior, and provide training in MDP project protocols. The courses will include both a morning classroom and afternoon field component, and participants will receive a resource packet with migratory dragonfly publications, fact sheets, protocols, and identification guides. For information on other MDP short courses in North America, visit the Xerces Society's events page to view up-to-date short course information. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming dragonfly short courses or request one in your area, please email email@example.com. Be sure to include the following information: name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and the state(s) for which you would like to receive announcements.
SHORT COURSE TRAINING SKILLS AND OBJECTIVES
COURSE AGENDA (times are approximate)
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and introduction
9:15 am – 10:15 am Introduction to dragonflies: life history and ecology
10:15 am – 11:00 am Dragonfly migration
11:00 am – 11:15 am Break
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Conservation of Dragonflies / Lunch (bring a sack luch)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Citizen scientists and the MDP: Migration monitoring, Pond Watch, and the Stable Isotope Project
12:30 pm – 12:40 pm Break
12:40 pm – 1:30 pm Dragonfly identification1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Field trip: observing and identifying dragonflies
Celeste is the Project Coordinator for the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership, and the Aquatic Program Director at the Xerces Society. She believes strongly in providing the public with knowledge, skills, and motivation to enhance and protect natural resources within their communities, and works to promote conservation of aquatic invertebrates and their habitats. With a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Minnesota, she has worked for over 16 years in research and education. She has published numerous scientific papers and reports, and recently became Editor in Chief of ARGIA, the news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.
Doug Taron, Curator of Biology and Vice President of Research and Conservation at Chicago Academy of Sciences’ Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, has been employed by the Academy since the museum’s opening in 1999. Taron has been responsible for all living material in and on the grounds of the Museum. He manages the 2,700 square-foot Judy Istock Butterfly Haven; oversees management of the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ collections; and heads the institution’s insect conservation biology research.
Taron shares leadership in managing Bluff Spring Fen, a 95-acre Illinois State Nature Preserve in Cook County, Illinois. Since 1989, he has served as Director of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network. Taron received a BA in Biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 1979 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1984.
The MDP is composed of dragonfly experts, nongovernmental programs, academic institutions, and federal agencies from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Together, we are combining research, citizen science, and education and outreach to better understand North America's migratory dragonflies and promote conservation of their wetland habitat. For information about the MDP, visit http://www.migratorydragonflypartnership.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.