Dragonfly Days

Dragonfly Days

May, 2012

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The birding industry has established universal appeal, but birds and butterflies are not the only winged migrants to attract a crowd. Dragonflies and damselflies are gaining popularity among wildlife enthusiasts. Southern Texas is home to over 100 species, making it one of the most biologically diverse regions in the United States.

Last year's Dragonfly Days had some great findings of a Black Pondhawk and a Three-striped Dasher. Within the weeks following the 2009 festival the 1st US record Mexican Scarlet tail, 1st US record Bow-tailed Glider, and a Blue-spotted Comet were all found in the area of the festival. The annual Dragonfly Days weekend is a chance to see why dragonflying is becoming as popular as birding in some places. The event is sponsored by the Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center site and the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco, Texas.

For those who want to learn how to tell a skimmer from a glider, and understand how these colorful insects play a vital role in maintaining a healthy environment, Dragonfly Days will offer seminars, field trips, social events and a banquet with a silent auction.

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