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Dragonfly Surveyor Orientation
June 13 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 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.
Event Full! Thank you for your interest- we will update this page if spots open up
WHERE & WHEN: Training is in two parts. 9am-12 noon virtually on zoom. After virtual raining, we’ll have a break for lunch, and move to Westmoreland Park to practice our netting skills in person: 1:30pm -3:30 pm. Masks required- all outdoors.
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. We will cover more detail in the orientation.
Equipment: Surveyors will 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!) We will provide nets for folks who need them.
Anyone under 16 must attend with an attentive adult
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.