Minnesota is home to about 140 species of dragon and damsel flies. No matter where you live in Minnesota (or the midwest) chances are you will see one sometime during the months of July, August, and September. I happen to come into contact with them most often at our local outdoor pool.
This summer I attended a teacher workshop at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, MN. The reserve is a large prairie area where researchers from the University of MN study human impact on changing ecosystems.
One researcher, Ami Thompson, studies the Common Green Darner dragonfly. She can be heard in one of the three podcasts about dragonflies posted this past July by Three Rivers Park District. You can listen here.
More to come!