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Dragonfly Migration

Main Project Information
Presented By Migratory Dragonfly Partnership
Goal Help learn more about dragonfly migration in North America.
Task Report movements of 5 main migratory species.

We need your help to better understand dragonfly migration in North America. Although it spans three countries and has been documented since the 1880s, North American dragonfly migration is still poorly understood, and much remains to be learned about migratory cues, flight pathways, and the southern limits of overwintering grounds. Become part of an international network of citizen scientists and help monitor the spring and fall movements of the 5 main migratory species in North America, or report on these species throughout the year at a pond or wetland of your choice.

How to Join

Visit the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership web site at to find resources, newsletters, monitoring protocols, ID help, and to record your observations. Find us on Facebook and Twitter too!

Social Media
Required Gear

Binoculars for viewing species in flight, net to capture and view in-hand, camera for photos or video, field guide (guide to migratory species, monitoring protocols, and additional resources available on MDP web site).

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 In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags aquatic, aquatic insects, dragonfly, identify insect, insect, insects, insects & pollinators, invertebrate, migration, odonata
Project Updated 05/23/2018