|Program Series||Field Excursions|
|When||Jul 18, 2015 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM|
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Despite tall buildings and compact neighborhoods, nature is prevalent in the city when you take a closer look. Join Dennis Paulson, the Northwest’s foremost authority on dragonflies, on an urban exploration through wetland areas in Seattle’s Magnuson Park in search of these winged gems.
When exploring these marshy habitats, we’ll search for the Green Darner, Pacific Forktail and Western Meadowhawk—colorful insect names that are as diverse as the habitats they call home. Washington State harbors 80 species of dragonflies and damselflies, from the order Odonata meaning “toothed jaw,” that inhabit both remote and urban landscapes. We’ll learn where they live, what they eat and what company they surround themselves with in this fun one-day field excursion.
View a photo gallery of last year’s Urban Dragonflies class at www.northcascadesinstitute.smugmug.com.
Paulson is the recently-retired director of the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound. He has taught university classes about birds, dragonflies, ecology and evolution and authored over 70 scientific papers and half-dozen books, including Shorebirds of the Pacific Northwest, Dragonflies of Washington, Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide and Alaska: The Ecotraveler's Wildlife Guide.
On top of all this, he’s one of the most charming and personable instructors in the Pacific Northwest!