Urban Dragonfly Ecology
|Program Series||Field Excursions|
|When||Jul 20, 2014 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM|
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Did you know that dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago? That they are expert fliers that can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air? If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying! Also, nearly all of the dragonfly’s head is eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle except right behind them.
To learn more about these truly amazing insects, join Dennis Paulson for a workshop about them in Seattle during the peak time for dragonfly activity. The class will focus on basic dragonfly biology and the identification and natural history of the species we see during our walk.
Paulson is the Director Emeritus of Slater Museum of Natural Hisotry at University of Puget Sound and taught college-level Vertebrate Biology for 12 years. He is a leading expert on Northwest dragonflies and shorebirds, and has published numerous papers on their biology and evolution. He's also a lot of fun in the field!
The workshop will be at Magnuson Park in Seattle from 1:00-4:00 pm on July 20. The park has constructed numerous wetlands in recent years that have proven to be magnets for dragonfly activity.