Dragonfly Day was so much fun and a great adventure. Guest instructor, Cary Gerst, presented talks on Damsels and Dragonflies of the Willamette Valley and dip netting. We listened with great interest as Cary talked. Then we went on a nature walk and dip netting adventure. We caught a dragonfly nymph, lots of water boatmen, tons of craw fish, snails, and more! This day was so much fun we will most likely make this an annual class every May. So please sign up next year!
For ages 8+ and Adults
Saturday May 21st
Cost: $6 per person, or $18 for a family.
Time: 1pm- 3pm
Taught by Cary Kerst, local dragonfly expert and author of: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide
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Pre-registration required; limited to 18 participants
Place: Singing Creek Educational Center, 92194 Purkerson Rd. Junction City, OR, GRANARY building
Phone: 541 968-1986
Discover insects in Oregon whose ancestors were here before the dinosaurs, can live for 5 years, fly 35 mph, and truly eat “on the fly.” Learn about the life history, habitats, and behavior of these fascinating insects along with a photographic introduction to the Oregon species.
Naturalist Cary Kerst, co-author of the beautiful “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon: A Field Guide” will present an illustrated talk at Singing Creek Educational Center granary building, and then we will do some dip netting in our beautiful large pond, looking for aquatic insects.
Dragonflies and Damselflies comprise the insect order Odonata, and are some of the most beautiful of insects, rivaling butterflies and moths for their amazing colors and behaviors. Dragonflies flying abilities rival anything in nature and continue to be studied by scientists and aeronautical engineers to learn how they accomplish their incredible feats of flight.
Cary Kerst is an entomologist and nature photographer, with degrees from Purdue and OSU. He is retired from a career in environmental sciences, and has conducted professional aquatic insect studies on local rivers and streams and authored scientific articles on caddisflies, dragonflies, damselflies, and stoneflies.