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Hawk Watchers Contribute Valuable Data to Another Successful Year of Dragonfly Migration Monitoring

In 2013, HMANA partnered with the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP), a group dedicated to the long-term study of dragonfly migration in North America, to formally incorporate daily dragonfly observations and counts into the fall monitoring protocols of participating Hawk Watch sites. HMANA partnered with MDP again in 2014 to continue monitoring efforts and help increase our understanding of dragonfly migration.

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A Continuing Partnership

By the end of the 2014 migration season, over 1,300 individual records had been collected from 40 observers at 19 Hawk Watch locations. These observations are already informing our understanding about the main migratory species throughout the east coast and providing insights into the full geographic extent of migration.  As we look ahead to our third migration season in 2015, we hope that previously participating Hawk Watch sites as well as new sites will join us in monitoring dragonflies. Because dragonfly migration is sporadic and discontinuous, Hawk Watchers are integral to this study, and sustained long-term observations are crucial to our ability to determine the nature and extent of this phenomenon. We look forward to another successful year of dragonfly migration monitoring at Hawk Watch sites throughout North America!

Please Consider Adding Dragonfly Migration Monitoring to Your Monitoring Location

This year, we are interested in broadening our efforts at Hawk Watch sites, not only throughout western reaches of North America, but also gathering information about northward spring migration for dragonflies. The offspring of dragonflies who moved south for the winter migrate north in spring and early summer to breed in ponds and wetlands in northern North America, but their movements occur across a much broader spatial and temporal front than those of fall migrants. Establishing monitors at additional sites will give us a more complete picture of migration activities and pathways in North America. Please consider monitoring dragonflies as they head north in spring and south in the fall and help the MDP collect long-term data on the movements of migrating dragonflies!

Sites interested in participating should contact Site Coordinator, Julie Brown at brown@hmana.org.

For more information about HMANA’s involvement in MDP, monitoring guidelines, and protocol, please visit our Migratory Dragonfly Partnership page.