Citizen Science BioBlitz: Dragonflies of the North Cascades

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Citizen Science BioBlitz: Dragonflies of the North Cascades
Program Series Citizen Science, Learning Center classes and retreats
When Sun Aug 10, 2014 05:00 PM to Mon Aug 11, 2014 04:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
Triple Accommodations $95.00
Clock hours 9.0
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Dragonflies and damselflies are indicators of ecosystem health. A dragonfly’s life begins in the water before moving to the air. One of the most graceful and powerful flyers on the planet, they usually live several years in the water before they get their wings.

In an effort to help our public land partners catalog species diversity and abundance, we are leading a Citizen Science BioBlitz to survey these magnificent insects in some of the most vibrant areas in North Cascades National Park.

Dennis Paulson, Director Emeritus of Slater Museum of Natural History at University of Puget Sound and a leading expert on Northwest dragonflies, will lead us in to the field with nets and field guides to explore cattail ponds, wildflower meadows and alpine wetland areas of the Upper Skagit valley.

On the first day of this learning adventure, we'll share a delicious dinner and informational presentation of the natural history of dragonflies at the Learning Center. Together, we'll learn about these fascinating creatures and how to carefully capture and identify them.

We're also offering a commuter option for $40 for anyone who prefers to camp — this price includes dinner at the Learning Center, Paulson's presentation and the day trip in to the field. Call (360) 854-2599 to register for this option.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
  • Click button above to register online
  • Call (360) 854-2599 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check
Field Guide to North Cascades Institute