Dragonfly Detectives

Summer Dragonfly Detectives at Prairie Ridge

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Dragonfly Detectives summer session at Prairie Ridge started a few weeks ago.  Week 2 began with the students’ first day of data collection. The day was hot and sunny, with the students recording a high temperature of 89.8 degrees F on the Kestrel and a light intensity of 1034 Lux on the light meter.  There were tons of dragonflies out and about and the students did an excellent job of counting and recording flight numbers!

Students preparing to count Whitetails and collect weather data

Students preparing to count Whitetails and collect weather data

Two students comparing notes on how many dragonflies they counted

Two students comparing notes on how many dragonflies they counted

Students watching the pond for migratory dragonflies

Students watching the pond for migratory dragonflies

They didn’t only count dragonflies, though.  The students also did some pond dipping to learn about aquatic insects that live in the Prairie Ridge pond.  Among other things, they found dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, predaceous diving beetle larvae, phantom midge larvae, and tadpoles.

Students finding lots of living things in the pond water!

Students finding lots of living things in the pond water

Week 3 will continue with data collection and catching dragonflies!

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