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You are invited to join the Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project!


What: Nature-loving volunteers needed for a new citizen science project taking place from May through October, 2018.

Why: Measure the impact of climate change on migratory and resident dragonflies along an altitudinal gradient dragonfly.jpg(Colorado’s high plains, foothills and mountains). Also: get to know a Colorado trail, watch and identify cool dragonflies, and learn scientific survey methods.

Where: Publically accessible land managed by the Forest Service, Colorado State Parks, Jefferson County Open Space, Denver Parks and Recreation, Westminster Open Space, Broomfield Open Space and Trails, Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and more!

Commitment: Monitoring takes place May through October, with a minimum of six outings to a 0.5-1 mi segment of a trail of your choice. Twelve visits over the season are preferred.

Who can participate? People over 16 years old. Pairing up is recommended for surveys, and only one person per pair is required to attend a training.

You mentioned training? Yes! Trainings are currently scheduled at Butterfly Pavilion on:

Thursday, April 5th from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm;

Saturday, April 14th from 1:30-4:30 pm;

Sunday, April 22nd from 1:30 – 4:30 pm,

and in in Denver at Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership Conference Room, 7350 E 29th Ave, Ste. 200, Denver CO 80238 on:

Saturday, April 21st from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Participants should choose only one to attend.

If there is significant interest from high altitude volunteers, I will schedule a training in Summit County as well.

I’m intrigued, where do I go from here? Contact Katrina Loewy, Research & Conservation Coordinator at the Butterfly Pavilion, for more information and to sign up for a training session! Email: kloewy@butterflies.org; Phone: (720) 974-0452