Ohio has 164 species of dragonflies and damselflies, and many of these beautiful fliers will be on the wing in late June in northeast Ohio. If you would like to learn more about these gorgeous creatures and their fascinating lifestyles, join us for ODO-CON-17, a weekend conference on dragonflies and damselflies organized by the Ohio Odonata Society, to be held on June 23-25 at the Grand River Conservation Campus in Ashtabula County, Ohio.
The keynote speaker, Giff Beaton, will be presenting a program, “Observing Odonata”, on Friday evening. Also on the program will be Judy Semroc, co-author of Dragonflies & Damselflies of Northeast Ohio (2008), who will present “A Photo Primer on the Identification of Confusing Species”. I had the honor of serving as President of the Ohio Odonata Society in 2015, and will be presenting a 45-minute program, “Photographing Dragonflies” on Saturday evening. Jim McCormac, one of Ohio’s premier naturalists and an excellent nature photographer, will discuss “Odonata Habitat and Conservation” on Saturday evening.
Also attending the conference will be Bob Glotzhober and Dave McShaffrey, co-authors of The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio (2002), and principal researchers in a 1990 – 1999 statewide survey of dragonflies and damselflies in Ohio, which led to the formation of the Ohio Odonata Society. Bob and Dave will provide an overview of a new statewide survey of Ohio’s odonata that will be officially launched at ODO-CON-17.
ODO-CON-17 will be held at the Grand River Conservation Campus, 3973 Callender Road, Rock Creek, Ohio 44084. The center, which is operated by the Ohio chapter of The Nature Conservancy, is an excellent facility surrounded by hemlock-birch swamps, open meadows, and a stretch of the scenic Grand River, all of which provide great habitat for dragonflies and damselflies. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning there will be a variety of field trips to some of the best local sites for observing and photographing the dozens of species of dragonflies and damselflies that will be on the wing in late June.
For more information or to register for the ODO-CON-17 conference, visit the website.
Register for this great program soon, and ponder this quote by Ohio writer James Thurber:
“Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little, and the latter live too long.”