Illinois Odonate Survey

Illinois Odonate Survey To gain greater knowledge of the dragonfly and damselfly species in the Chicagoland region. www.illinoisodes.org

To survey and collect pertinent information on Illinois's Odonata.

Female Dragonflies Fake Their Death To Avoid Males
09/01/2019
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.

Lake Co
07/17/2019

Lake Co

Lake Co
07/17/2019

Lake Co

07/03/2019

Lake County, IL

Lake County, IL
07/03/2019

Lake County, IL

12/27/2018

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.

08/28/2018

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.

08/28/2018

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.

05/28/2018

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 pollardbase.org and create an account!

02/03/2018

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])

01/03/2018
Deep Look • PBS

Deep Look • PBS

Dragonflies might rule the skies, but their babies grow up underwater in a larva-eat-larva world. Luckily for them, they have a killer lip that snatches prey, Alien-style, at lightning speed.

A Halloween Pennant in Lake Co., IL
06/28/2017

A Halloween Pennant in Lake Co., IL

Lots of pondhawks out today in Lake County.
06/10/2017

Lots of pondhawks out today in Lake County.

Swamp darner ovipositing in Lake County, IL
05/17/2017

Swamp darner ovipositing in Lake County, IL

Southern Spreadwing, Lestes australis in Lake County, IL
05/15/2017

Southern Spreadwing, Lestes australis in Lake County, IL

The lighting was not great, but here is a female spread-wing damselfly--yet to ID it.
04/26/2017

The lighting was not great, but here is a female spread-wing damselfly--yet to ID it.

04/20/2017

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

04/13/2017

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:
630-257-2045

03/30/2017

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.

03/24/2017

Green Darners on the move in Libertyville!

Upcoming Training Event at Nachusa Grasslands 3/17/17!
03/14/2017

Upcoming Training Event at Nachusa Grasslands 3/17/17!

04/29/2016

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.

04/12/2016

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!

03/07/2016

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]

01/27/2016
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 http://www.dupageforest.com/Blackwell_Map.aspx)

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]

01/22/2016

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].

01/15/2016

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.
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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

01/08/2016

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.

03/24/2015

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.

03/04/2015

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

02/27/2015

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

01/27/2015

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

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Chicago, IL
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My favorite insect! Followed closely by the Praying Mantis!
Slaty Skimmer (Libellula incesta) Michigan City, Indiana
Saw these two odes at Illinois Beach State Park on June 7, 2018. Common Baskettail on the left and a Racket-tailed Emerald on the right. I believe the baskettail is a Common Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura) but would like confirmation. Thanks!
I would like some help with ID of this dragonfly please. The photo was taken at Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County, IL, USA. I think it could be a female Ruby Meadowhawk. Thanks.
I would like some help with ID of this dragonfly please. The photo was taken in Lake Forest, Lake County, IL, USA. I think it could be a male Ruby Meadowhawk.
I would like some help with ID of this dragonfly please. The photo was taken in Libertyville, Lake County, IL, USA. I think it could be a male Ruby Meadowhawk or a Cherry-faced Meadowhawk.
I am having real trouble identifying this damselfly. I took the photograph at Illinois Beach State Park in Lake County last June. Please can someone help me identify it. Thanks!
Hello. My first visit to your page : ) Thank you. Please can someone ID this damselfly? I will appreciate it. The pictures was taken on Aug 13 in Barrington, IL.