Saturday, September 13, 2008

Dragonfly program this week

Ruby Meadowhawk (Sympetrum rubicundulum)

While most of RRBO's work involves birds, other flying objects are also of interest. For the past two years, RRBO has received grants from the USFWS to do inventories of damselflies and dragonflies at the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Humbug Marsh Unit in Trenton/Gibraltar (a list of all of RRBO's work at the Refuge can be found on this page). In the course of this work, as well as other surveys done in Wayne County, my husband Darrin O'Brien and I have recorded 33 new species of damselflies and dragonflies for the county (5 new for the state) and confirmed 54 others.

I'll be giving a program on the damselflies and dragonflies of the area at the upcoming Washtenaw Audubon Society meeting. The program will be at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 17 at the Matthei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor. More details, including directions, can be found at the WAS web site. Hope to see you there!

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