pollinators

Pond Watch: Migratory Dragonfly Monitoring

About

Although it spans three countries and has been documented since the 1880s, North American dragonfly migration is still poorly understood and much remains to be learned about migratory cues, flight pathways, and the southern limits of overwintering grounds. The Migratory Dragonfly Pond Watch Project is an international effort by citizen scientists to help monitor the presence, emergence, and behaviors of five migratory dragonfly species. When gathered across a wide geographic range and throughout a span of years, these data will provide answers to questions about which species are regular migrants; the frequency and timing of migration in different species; sources, routes, and destinations of migrants; and patterns of reproduction, emergence, and movements among migratory dragonflies along their flight paths.

The Forest Service Wings Across the Americas program assists in research, conservation management and capacity building to maintain healthy ecosystems here at home and outside the US. Investing in international conservation protects our investments here at home, reduces the risk of increasing endangered species, builds scientific knowledge and creates a cadre of trained scientists and managers to bring about positive conservation action. You too, can help us to conserve birds, bats, and insects by sharing what you observe.

 

Location

International: Mexico, Canada 

 

Partners

The Xerces Society 

Migratory Dragonfly Partnership

 

Accepting Participants

Yes, this project is accepting volunteers

 

How To Get Involved

Visit the MDP website and log in as a new user. Download a PDF of the MDP Monitoring Protocols manual, register your pond as a Pond Watch site, and start reporting your observations.

 

Participant Requirements

This project is open to all ages. Anyone willing to learn the 5 main migratory dragonfly species in North America can participate.

 

Participant Tasks

  • Annotation
  • Data entry
  • Identification
  • Photography
  • Site selection and/or description  

By visiting the same wetland or pond site on a regular basis, participants will note the arrival of migrant dragonflies moving south in the fall or north in the spring, as well as any additional behaviors observed in a migratory flight including feeding or mating. Photos or videos are strongly encouraged to aid in identification.

Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership (GAPP)

About

Populations of pollinators like birds, bats, bees, and butterflies are declining, especially in and around cities. Help pollinators bounce back by growing pollinator-friendly sites in the Greater Atlanta Area. Learn how to grow your pollinator garden by visiting the GAPP website and post the location of your garden on the GAPP map.

 

Location

Greater Atlanta Area, GA

 

Partners

Georgia State University

National Wildlife Federation

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Truly Living

 

Accepting Participants

This project is accepting volunteers. Register your pollinator garden on the gapp website.

 

Participant Age

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

Gardening, data entry

Cascades Butterfly Project

About

Butterflies are sensitive indicators of changing environmental conditions because temperature influences the timing of an individual's life cycle and the geographic distribution of a species. The Cascade Butterfly Project has volunteers monitor the baseline butterfly habitat conditions to learn how climate is affecting their populations.

 

Location

There are four sites in Washington state: North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest. The project is also active in two areas of British Columbia: Skagit and Manning Provincial Parks.

 

Partners

 

Accepting Participants

This project is accepting volunteers. To get started, check out the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer FAQ and the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer Application. See Related Content on the left for additional resources.

Contact Regina Rochefort to choose a survey route and a start date. You will be signed up as a volunteer by completing a sign-up sheet and can do this either at the training or your first day of volunteering.

 

Participant Requirements

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

  • Catch and release butterflies
  • Identify butterflies and plants
  • Photography
  • Data entry
  • Geolocation