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Dragonfly Surveyor Orientation

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Dragonfly surveys help JCWC document the distribution of dragonfly and damselfly species throughout the Johnson Creek watershed. Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies) are not only beautiful to look at- they are important indicator species in aquatic areas, like the riparian zone along Johnson Creek! Entomologist extraordinaire Celeste Searles Mazzacano from CASM Environmental will train volunteers in survey protocol and identification skills.  No experience required, but registration is.

WHERE & WHEN: Training starts at 9am on June 1st, 2019 at the Sellwood SMILE Station (8210 SE 13th Ave.). After training, we’ll have a quick break for lunch, and move to Westmoreland Park to practice our netting skills from 1pm-4pm. Coffee, tea & pastries provided for training, please bring a sack lunch to enjoy before we head to the park!

How the surveys will work: Volunteers will work on a team to collect data on dragonflies & damselflies at selected sites in the Johnson Creek watershed. A commitment of approximately four surveys (one survey per month) from June through September is required. Surveys take approximately two hours, not including travel time.

Do you have equipment? Surveyors will have paper data sheets, and enter the information they collect using iNaturalist app. If you have binoculars, a smart phone, nets, and/or a good camera, feel welcome to bring them on your survey! (Not required, but appreciated!)

Surveys require some walking on uneven terrain in warm weather. Volunteers must be sure-footed and willing to handle live insects, including the use of nets to catch and identify species.

Questions? Email us at [email protected] or call 503-652-7477 ext.107.

Register today below!

2019 Dragonfly Orientation Registration

    Community members under the age of 16 are unfortunately unable to participate. Thank you for your understanding.
  • ex. I've volunteered at a JCWC planting event; someone shared it on Facebook; I got on the email list at a community event; etc.
    Experienced surveyors are encourage to attend the afternoon portion of orientation, netting practice, at Westmoreland Park. Our hope is to partner newcomers with experienced odonate enthusiasts in the field so that we can survey and learn together throughout the season!
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June 1
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Adrienne Moat
503 652 7477 ext 107


SMILE Station
8210 SE 13th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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