Dragons & Damsels – Ohio Odonata Society Annual Meeting – Cedar Bog – July 18, 2015

Male Elfin Skimmer, Portage County, Ohio
Male Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella), Portage County, Ohio

Next Saturday, July 18, the Ohio Odonata Society (OOS) will hold its annual meeting at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, located in Champaign County near Urbana. This one-day meeting is free, open to the public, and a great opportunity to meet some of Ohio’s dragonfly experts and learn more about Ohio’s 164 species of dragonflies and damselflies.  Assuming the weather cooperates (i.e. not too rainy), there will be excellent opportunities to see and photograph several rare dragonflies and damselflies, like the tiny Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella), shown above, which is North America’s smallest dragonfly, and the Seepage Dancer (Argia bipunctulata), shown below.

Male Seepage Dancer, Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, Stark County
Male Seepage Dancer (Argia bipunctulata), Jackson Bog State Nature Preserve, Stark County, Ohio

The program will begin at 9:00 am with a brief business meeting of the Ohio Odonata Society, followed by several short presentations by OOS members. Ian Adams will share some information on finding, observing and identifying dragonflies and damselflies, including recommended field guides. Rick Nirschl, who studies and photographs dragonflies in northwest Ohio, will share some of his superb photos taken recently in and around his hometown of Toledo. Bob Glotzhober, one of the co-founders of the Ohio Odonata Society, will describe some of the highlights of the annual meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas on June 25-28 in State College, Pennsylvania. After the presentations, OOS members will lead field trips to explore the fen meadows at Cedar Bog as well as visit several other local “hotspots” for dragonflies and damselflies. One of these field trips will visit the location where a new Ohio species of dragonfly, the Swift Setwing (Dythemis velox) was found during the summer of 2014.

Female Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella), Portage County, Ohio
Female Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella), Portage County, Ohio

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located about 5 miles south of Urbana in Champaign County, 1/2-mile west of Rte 68, at 980 Woodburn Road, Urbana, OH 43078. Phone No: (937)-484-3744. For more information, visit Cedar Bog Nature Preserve’s website.

For more information about the Ohio Odonata Society, visit the OOS website.

 

 

 

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