Illinois Odonate Survey

Illinois Odonate Survey To gain greater knowledge of the dragonfly and damselfly species in the Chicagoland region. To survey and collect pertinent information on Illinois's Odonata.

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Female Dragonflies Fake Their Death To Avoid Males
Female Dragonflies Fake Their Death To Avoid Males

Female Dragonflies Fake Their Death To Avoid Males

Everyone has those nights when their significant other comes to bed and — for one reason or another — they decide to feign sleep to avoid talking or …doing other stuff.


Reminder: The Illinois Odonate Survey is no longer posting to this page. We are using the FB group "The Illinois Odonate Survey" to share news and announcements.. Please request membership to that group.


Save the date! On October 20, 2018, 9:00 am-12:00 pm the first fall Illinois Odonate Survey volunteer monitor meeting will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Enjoy a presentation on Pollard Walks and PollardBase, a presentation on the Hine's emerald dragonfly and conservation efforts in Dupage County, as well as mini-workshops to help you with entering data, making a digital map of your routes, and identifying dragonflies! Also enjoy food and mingling with other odonate enthusiasts! More information and RSVP forms will be posted to the new Facebook group, The Illinois Odonate Survey next week.


We are transitioning to a Facebook group to replace this page! Please join group, The Illinois Odonate Survey (we've added, "the" to the name of the group).
We will no longer post to this page after August 31, 2018.


Happy Odonate Monitoring! The monitoring season has started! This season there are changes in how you will enter your data. We will be using PollardBase. More information is on the way (some of you have already received email regarding this change). Current Illinois Odonate Survey monitors, please go to and create an account!


UPDATE: This training is FULL! MORTON ARBORETUM odonate monitoring: ONLY THREE VOLUNTEER MONITOR POSITIONS open! March 23 at the Ginkgo Cafe. This is a closed training. Interested volunteers contact the volunteer office (e-mail [email protected])


There are a lot of green farmers moving through the area. Is anyone seeing any other species yet?


Training opportunity for new monitors (open to all counties)!
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County will be holding a practice session for new Odonate monitors to try walking a route with experienced monitors. This will help familiarize new monitors with the Pollard walk protocol.
The training will be at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center on May 5th at 11 AM. The address is: 12545 W111th street, Lemont, IL 60439.
To register, please call Sagawau Environmental Learning Center:


There is an IL Odonate Survey training in Lake County this Saturday, April 1st from 9-11 AM at Ryerson Woods Welcome Center, 21950 N Riverwoods Road. Please email [email protected] if you plan to attend. Monitors from all counties are welcome.


Green Darners on the move in Libertyville!


More information regarding Odonate monitoring...

The first step is to decide where you want to do your monitoring. If you want to monitor within a forest preserve (or multiple forest preserves) you will need to register as a volunteer with those preserves and then let us know where you will be doing your monitoring.

If you are monitoring at Lake Katherine, you do not need to register as a volunteer within that forest preserve, nor do you need to register as a volunteer with us (though that would be awesome) You do, however, need to let us know that you are doing your monitoring at LK.


Thanks to those of you who attended one of our monitoring workshops this spring. Many of you have already asked about getting started. We are very happy about that!! However, it is really still too cold. May is generaly a better time to get started. Specifc details will be out soon, so stay tuned!


There is still plenty of room in this weekend's Odonate workshop.
It will be held Saturday, March 12th from 10-12 at Notebaert Nature Museum.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to the following email address:

[email protected]

Blackwell Map

Newly Scheduled Odonate Workshop

DuPage County Forest Preserve
Blackwell Forest Preserve March 15th 6pm – 8pm
29 W 220 Mack Road in West Chicago within Blackwell Forest Preserve

Gareth Blakesley

The Grounds & Resources complex at 29 W 220 Mack Road in West Chicago within Blackwell Forest Preserve. From Route 59, travel east on Mack Road for 0.6 miles. Turn north into the complex. Pass through the chain link gate and gas tank area. Park in front of the center building. Follow the signs to the workshop at the rear of this building. (View the map at

If you plan to attend any of the workshops, it is important that you let us know. All volunteers can RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]


Newliy scheduled Odonate Workshop

Lake County Forest Preserve
Ryerson Woods March 26th 10am – Noon
21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

If you plan to attend any of the workshops, it is important that you let us know. All volunteers can RSVP by sending an email to [email protected].


4 workshops have been scheduled for 2016. If you plan to attend a workshop, it is important that you let us know. All volunteers can RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]. Cook and Will County volunteers should be able to RSVP through your Volunteer Resources Page, but may also RSVP to the email address shown above.

Cook County Forest Preserve
Volunteer Resource Center March 19th 9am - Noon
Volunteer Resource Center, 6100 N. Central, Chicago, IL, 60646
James Philips

Little Red Schoolhouse March 20th 9am - Noon
9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs, IL 60480
James Philips

Will County Forest Preserve
Sugar Creek Administration Center February 27th 8am- 10am
17540 W. Laraway Road, west of Route 52, in Joliet.
Sandra McNicholas

Notebaert Nature Museum March 12th 10am - Noon
2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago IL 60614
Melissa Drozd


Some of you have been asking about 2016 workshops. We are working on scheduling those now with the first ones taking place in February. Stay tuned for more information.


Cook County
March 28th 10am to Noon
Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest, IL 60305
Parking: Street parking is available on the west side of Thatcher Ave. Parking lot is on the south side of Chicago Ave, just west of Thatcher. The sign says “Thatcher Glen” and the parking lot faces the pond. Walk up the hill to the nature center.


This weekend's workshop
Lake County
Forest Preserve District of Lake County
Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
21950 North Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015
March 7th 10am to Noon


Will County
Forest Preserve District of Will County
17540 West Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
February 28th 10am to Noon


New workshop listing

Lake County
Forest Preserve District of Lake County
Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
21950 North Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015
March 7th 10am to Noon


2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm


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