Urban Dragonfly Ecology

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Urban Dragonfly Ecology
Program Series Field Excursions
When Jul 20, 2014 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where Seattle
Class Tuition $95.00
Clock hours 6.0
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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 8-5 pm on July 20. The park has constructed numerous wetlands in recent years that have proven to be magnets for dragonfly activity.

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.

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