Dragonfly Detectives

Highlights from Prairie Ridge Summer session

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The Prairie Ridge summer session is now over but here are a few highlights:

While catching dragonflies, the students caught a common whitetail,

Student with a common whitetail dragonfly

                                                       a blue dasher,

Student with a blue dasher dragonfly

and one student even caught a comet darner!  Comet darners are seen relatively frequently at Prairie Ridge but are not generally common.  As you can see in the picture, they are quite large and they are also VERY hard to catch!

Student with a comet darner dragonfly

One of the days, we had to wrap up the program early because of an incoming thunderstorm.  You can see in the pictures how dark the sky was.  The students were trying to catch dragonflies on this day but had no luck–there weren’t many dragonflies flying around.  Luckily we all made it back to the parking lot before the rain started pouring down!

Students at the Prairie Ridge pond with dark thunderclouds in the sky      Students at the Prairie Ridge pond with dark thunderclouds in the sky

On the last day of the program, the students created a presentation to display and share their results of the data collection.

Students writing text for their posterboard

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They did a great job compiling the information and made an awesome poster board that will be displayed at BugFest at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on September 19!

Students with educator holding finished posterboard

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