The Dragonfly Pond Watch Project is project of the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership investigating the annual movements of five migratory dragonfly species in North America. Volunteers visit the same pond or wetland on a regular basis to record any relevant sightings. The data helps scientists monitor the timing and location of dragonfly migration and also helps them understand the relationship between resident and migratory individuals of the same species. Targeted species include: Common Green Darner (Anax junius), Black Saddlebags (Tramea lacerata), Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens), Spot-winged Glider (Pantala hymenaea), and Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum).
You too can become a citizen scientist - no prior experience necessary! All you need is regular access to a pond or wetland, and a love for dragonflies. Visit your site of choice as often as you'd like, but at least once per month. Record your location, which dragonfly species are present and absent (of the 5 targeted species), and when possible, capture a photo.
To get started, visit the Dragonfly Pond Watch Project for data sheets and information on submitting your data. Happy dragonfly watching!