May 18th 2014 Quarterly Program

MEMBERSHIP MEETING & PRESENTATION:
Sunday, May 18th at 2:00pm
Damsels & Dragons
A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Come and join us in the Harvey House at Old Austerlitz!

Damselflies and Dragonflies are the topic of a special program on Sunday, May 18th at Old Austerlitz. The speaker is Larry Federman, Education Coordinator for Audubon New York’s Rheinstrom Hill, Buttercup Farm, RamsHorn-Livingston Audubon Centers and Sanctuaries.

Federman describes himself as a “dyed-in-the-wool birder” who has embraced the study of odonata (the scientific name for damselflies and dragonflies). After birds have settled down for the day, the odonata take to the air. They are ancient insects whose fossils date back more than 250 million years.

The talk will be illustrated by a PowerPoint presentation of photos of these delicate insects. It will include basic odonata biology, an overview of odonata families, their relationship to the environment and an introduction to the recently completed New York State Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey. A question and answer session will follow.