[CT Birds] Dragonfly Workshop

High Pond Farm birds at highpondfarm.org
Thu May 29 07:50:35 EDT 2008


Dragonflies in July at High Pond Farm, Plymouth New Hampshire 

(Spaces are still available in our Avian Ecology Workshop, June 19 – 22: please register by June 12th)  Visit our website for details: http://www.highpondfarm.org/

July 18-20	Michael Blust 
An Introduction to Odonata – Dragonflies & Damselflies	

This 2-day workshop will provide a thorough introduction to the identification, life history, and ecology of Odonata. Emphasis will be placed on getting to know the adult dragonflies and damselflies found around the High Pond Farm area.  With over 150 species recorded in New Hampshire, expect to see and become familiar with at least 30 of these during the weekend. Many of these species are found through the northeastern North America. Activities will include field observation, netting techniques, field identification, and laboratory identification of these primitive yet eminently successful insects.  The process of learning to observe, capture and identify these insects will be infused with information about their fascinating adaptations and lifestyles.

Fee: $250, includes instruction in field and classroom, two nights lodging and all meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch.

Mike Blust was born and raised in northern New Jersey where it seemed to take too long to get out to the field and rivers for bird watching.  A summer job at a mosquito control commission led to a M.S. (Univ. of Delaware) and Ph.D. (Kansas State Univ.) in entomology. Predestined to live where the fields and rivers were accessible, he has been teaching about birds and insects at Green Mountain College, Vermont since 1987.  More recently, he has developed a keen interest in Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) - the "birds" of the insect world, and maintains a website on Odonata of Vermont.

High Pond Farm is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Plymouth, New Hampshire whose mission is to provide natural history education for curious adults and professional and amateur naturalists.  Please visit our website at http://www.highpondfarm.org/








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