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Dragonfly Monitoring Network

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Where Dragonfly Monitoring Network Chicago Illinois Chicago United States

The Dragonfly Monitoring Network is a citizen-scientist program that monitors the health of dragonfly populations throughout the Chicago area. This program represents an important step in collecting data on insect populations and their response to land management techniques.

Volunteers will be trained to collect and submit data each summer from an assigned site. They commit to:

- attendance of one Spring Workshop a year

- learning to identify key dragonfly and damselfly species

Contact information: Craig Stettner email:

- conducting at least six site visits between late May and late September

- spending one to two hours walking the route during each visit

- submitting data sheets at the end of the season, which are then added to the project database

With your help, the Dragonfly Monitoring Network hopes to gain a greater knowledge of the distribution and abundance of dragonfly and damselfly species in the Chicago region and eventually to expand the network across Illinois and beyond.

How to Join

Please contact:

Craig Stettner
Dragonfly Monitoring Network Coordinator
TMS - Harper College
1200 W. Algonquin Rd.
Palatine, IL 60067
Telephone: (847) 925-6214

Required Gear

A map, binoculars, field forms, and a camera. Forms are available at

The project's monitoring guidelines provide more detailed information about binocular requirements:

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity While fishing, At the beach, On a walk, run, On a hike
Tags dragonflies, dragonfly
Project Updated 05/23/2018