All photos courtesy of Marty Silver
Richard Connors and Larry Everett will return to Warriors' Path State Park for the fifth annual Dragonfly Day, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21. Dragonfly Day offers a chance to observe, photograph and identify the insects, as well as gain deeper insights into their life histories and how they can teach us to protect our region's resources.
Connors, a photographer and naturalist, has developed specialties in birds, butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. He worked for six years as a biologist for Tennessee State Parks' All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory project, using photography to document species occurrence in Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas. This work produced Odonate checklists for 33 state parks, and several new state dragonfly and damselfly records were discovered in the process.
Connors is past president of the Tennessee Ornithological Society, is active in the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and is moderator of the Tn-dragonflies online chat group.
Everett is an aquatic biologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He has many years of experience working toward the protection of water quality and land and water resources. Everett has documented a number of previously unknown populations of rare animals and plants. He has coordinated with numerous agencies and state and federal All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory projects to protect these populations. He has spent many years rearing and learning about dragonfly larvae and adults, and is active with the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.
Dragonflies are challenging to observe, but they are excellent indicators of the health of our natural places. During Dragonfly Day, participants will learn to study dragonflies in their habitats and how to record their observations with photographs.
They should bring a sack lunch, and dress for wet field conditions. They should also bring close-focusing binoculars and a camera, if possible.
Participants may bring a few of their dragonfly photos to share and to have identified, if time permits.
Dragonfly Day is free, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required by calling 239-6786 or emailing Marty.Silver@tn.gov.comments powered by Disqus