NYS Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey (Odonata)
Twelve-spotted Skimmer and group
Today was the Western New York training session for the New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Survey which has been organized by the NYS Natural Heritage Program. Funds for this project have come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services State Wildlife Grants Program which is administered by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This year’s training session was held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and is the same location where the training was held two years ago.
Jen photographing a Dot-tailed Whiteface
This is the 3rd and final year for the project (I sure hope the organizers are able to acquiring some additional funding to add a few more years to the project). The overall goal is to document the distribution of all odonate species occurring in New York State (and with a few other objectives). I did participate in 2005 in some of the Odonata here in Allegany State Park and got a little lax in getting out in the field last season. I do plan on trying to get out some this summer and looking for interesting dragonflies that might be found here in Allegany State Park. Of course I will keep you updated here on my blog on what I find.
Eastern Pondhawk (Male then Female)
At todays workshop we (a group of naturalist) got together and learned (or relearned) many of the methods involved in submitting our findings to the Natural Heritage Program. Some other participants included Jennifer (Passion for Nature) and Jeremy (Dragonfly Eye), so make sure you visit their blogs for more info (and photos) from this workshop.
Jeremy catching dragonflies
Group keying out a species of damselfly
Some of the species we saw today included the:
Aurora Damsel (I didn’t actually see the Aurora Damsel but the group did)
Eastern Red Damsel*
*= first time I have ever seen this species, well that I know of!