Invertebrates live in every type of aquatic habitat, from streams and seeps to marshes and lakes. Aquatic invertebrates such as stoneflies, mayflies, mussels, and midges play critical roles in sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, and are at the center of the aquatic food web. The winged adult forms of many aquatic insects also provide a huge amount of the food for terrestrial birds, bats, and reptiles. Aquatic invertebrates and the habitats that sustain them are seriously imperiled. In the United States, over half of the wetlands that existed in the 1600s have been lost, and a recent nationwide stream survey found pesticides or their degradates in all the streams sampled. The Aquatic Conservation program works to protect aquatic invertebrates and the ecosystems that sustain them.
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Science Talk: Dragonfly Conservation – Clackamas, ORWednesday, September 16, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Come learn about the amazing diversity of Oregon's dragonflies and damselflies during an evening science talk with Celeste Searles Mazzacano, Aquatic Conservation Program Director of the Xerces Society. Celeste will unlock the fascinating world of dragonflies and damselflies, their role in area wetlands, and discuss some of their most fascinating behaviors, such as the large annual migrations made by several North American species. The talk is intended to provide attendees with an introduction to dragonfly and damselfly ecology, life history, and conservation with a focus on the species that inhabit Oregon's rivers and wetlands.
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