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Ode to Odonata: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Calvert

  • 04/23/2023
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Flag Ponds Nature Park
  • 18


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All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Having been around for some 250 million years dragonflies and damselflies, collectively called odonates, are some of the first winged insects on earth to fly. The ancient Celts called them 'big needle of wings', across the pond they are often referred to as 'water dippers' and the Danes affectionately termed them 'goldsmiths'. No matter what you call them, 'odes', with their impressive aerial displays, charismatic behavior and natural beauty have stolen our hearts.

While odonates can be found all over the world, this presentation will primarily focus on the dragonflies and damselflies that call Calvert County home. Join Jason Avery, Program Manager for the Calvert Stewards Dragonfly Survey, for this highly visual exploration into the wonderful world of Odonata. Dive in and learn how to distinguish between dragonflies and damselflies and discuss what makes them so important to the ecosystem, life cycles, species diversity, habitat and conservation. Geared for beginners to advanced enthusiasts, this program has something for everyone. Additional topics such as photography, data collection, research findings and project participation will round out the evening with a "Q and A" session following the presentation.

LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park, Education Building

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Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells and Jason Avery

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Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

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