First Annual Illinois Odonate Survey Volunteer Monitor Meeting!

SAVE THE DATE! OCTOBER 20 9:00am-12:00pm

We are very happy to invite you to the first annual Illinois Odonate Survey volunteer meeting at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Come socialize with other volunteers and odonate enthusiasts and learn more about odonates and monitoring odonates in the presentations and workshops. Please register by October 1 here.
9:00: Breakfast snacks, coffee, refreshments
9:20: Welcome and brief 2018 Illinois Odonate Survey updates
9:30-10:30: Presentation by Dr. Doug Taron on Pollard Walks and PollardBase for odonate monitoring
10:40-11:10: Presentation by Andres Ortega on the Hine’s emerald dragonfly and the Forest Preserve District of Dupage County’s captive rearing program
11:15-12:00: Optional activities:
Mini-workshop 1: PollardBase tutorial! Demonstration how to enter data in Pollardbase. Bring your completed field forms and a laptop to enter data on site with as much assistance as you need from Gary Morrissey, an experienced volunteer and Master Naturalist.
Mini-workshop 2: Map your route!
 I need maps of your routes! Lily Barajas, Animal Caretaker at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, will show you how to use a smartphone app to map your routes and send them to me. Be ready to take a walk outside for this workshop.
Mini-workshop 3: Odonate identification help! Do you have photos of odonate species that have stumped you? Do you have questions on how to distinguish species that look similar? Bring in your photos and questions and Jim Phillips of the Cook County Forest Preserves and Gareth Blakesley of Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic gardens will help you with your odonate identification questions.
There is free street parking on Cannon Drive and Stockton Drive. There is a Chicago Park District maintained flat-rate lot at 2431 North Cannon Drive. Click here for more information.
Questions? Contact Lalainya Goldsberry at lgoldsberry@naturemuseum,org

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