Saturday, August 5
WORKSHOP: DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES
Early Registration: $80 (All participants will receive a FREE copy of Kurt Mead’s Dragonflies of the North Woods: 3rd Edition!…and expert instruction from some of the top dragonfly folks in Minnesota)
Registration after July 20: $90
9am to 5pm. August 5, 2017
Meet at the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center north of Meadowlands, MN (directions here)
Bring: Water, bag lunch and snacks (no food available anywhere close), bug dope, hat, sunscreen, rubber boots!! (mandatory…unless you want to “wet foot” it), camera, butterfly net (not necessary and we will have some for you to use), binoculars (absolutely!) and a sense of curiosity!
This adventure-filled Workshop will introduce you to the hidden world of our northern dragonflies and damselflies. Experts from the Minnesota Dragonfly Society will guide you to several spots in the world-famous Sax-Zim Bog to see and capture some rarely seen boreal species (all will be released back into the wild). At this time of year there are many of the big species of darners flying….and also an abundance of the small but colorful meadowhawks. Other skimmers and emeralds may also be seen. This is a hands-on experience so please come ready for several hours in the field (rubber boots, hat, bug dope, sunscreen). We will also scoop for nymphs and you will learn the basics of identifying them to family…and learn about their fascinating life history. Back at the Welcome Center we’ll take an up close look at our finds.
Meet at Welcome Center by 8:45 am.
9:00-9:15 am- Introduction and Welcome
Welcome info about Friends of Sax-Zim Bog and intro to the work of the Minnesota Dragonfly Society
Overview of the plan for the day 9:15-9:45 am- Nymphs and their Identification
We’ll learn the fascinating basics of the dragonfly/damselfly life cycle.
Examine some aquatic nymphs and learn basics on identifying them to family 9:45 am- 12:00 pm- Field Session #1: St. Louis River, Stone Lake Road, etc (TBD) During this session, we will confirm what we just learned about basic dragonfly and damselfly ID and anatomy by catching some adults. We’ll point out tips on quickly placing the dragonfly to family. There will also be a focus on nymphs and we’ll scoop some out of the water bottom. 12:00-12:45 pm- Lunch and Common Green Darner talk by Ami Thompson
Ami has been studying the phenology of our only true migrant dragonfly—the Common Green Darner. It is one of our most common dragonflies, one of our largest, and also one of the most amazing critters in the North Woods. 1:00-4:00 pm- Field Session #2: Toivola Swamp—Catch odes and nymphs! Take a journey into one of the more remote parts of the Sax-Zim Bog…the Toivola Swamp. Fortunately an old railroad grade bisects this amazing place and we’ll only have to walk a quarter mile or so. Hopefully we will be able to target Black Meadowhawk, Zigzag Darner, and Subarctic Darners here. Maybe some rare Emeralds too?? 4:15- 5:00 pm- Wrap up at Welcome Center.