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Dragonfly Collecting By Kurt Mead

Odonata Survey

The goal of the Wisconsin Odonata Survey is to gain more knowledge about the distributions and habitat requirements of our 160+ species of dragonflies and damselflies (Order Odonata). In order for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to protect the natural resources of the state, we need to know what habitats are critical, especially for rarer species. A number of our species are either rare or of a special concern, or are federally listed as threatened or endangered. In addition, many habitats have not been well surveyed. Within the last 15 years, two species new to science have been found in the state.

Citizen volunteers are needed because there are far too many habitats to check for the few professionals who work with Odonata. For more information on how you can participate, go to: http://wiatri.net/inventory/odonata/

Bob DuBois
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Biologist


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