The April Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) meeting will focus on Dragonflies and Damselflies.
Please join us on April 15, 2021, from 9–11:15 a.m. for a virtual meeting to discuss the diversity and role of dragonflies and damselflies in the region.
Dragonflies and damselflies are insects in the order Odonata, and have both an aquatic and terrestrial stage of their life cycles. Odonates can act as bioindicators of water quality in rivers because they rely on high quality water for proper development in their early (aquatic) life. Since their diet consists almost entirely of insects, Odonate density is directly proportional to the population of prey, and their abundance indicates the abundance of prey in the examined ecosystem. Most dragonflies and damselflies are regarded as beneficial insects because they feed on small flying insects such as mosquitoes.
Speakers will discuss the role of Odonates in the food web, their life cycle, behavior, and habitats; talk about identification; highlight the common species found in the county; and touch on conservation issues for relevant species.
The meeting will take place via Zoom, and pre-registration is required. CCP meetings are free and open to the public (not just Chatham County residents!).
Meeting Topics:Odonates: The Adult Life Stage
Harry LeGrand & John Petranka, NC Biodiversity Project
Odonates: The Larval/Nymph (Aquatic) Life Stage
Dave Penrose, Penrose Environmental
Click here to register for this meeting. Registration deadline is 10 p.m. on April 13. Registrants will receive an email prior to the event with the Zoom link.
CCP Steering Committee: Catherine Deininger, Brooke Massa, Debbie Roos, Margaret Sands, Allison Weakley.