Dragonfly migration is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world, but also one of the least-known. This is even more surprising when you consider that dragonfly migration occurs on every continent except Antarctica. To better understand and conserve North America’s dragonfly migration, dragonfly experts, nongovernmental programs, academic institutions, and federal agencies from the United States, Mexico, and Canada have formed the collaborative Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP). The MDP is combining research, citizen science, and education and outreach to better understand North America’s migrating dragonflies, and to promote conservation of the wetlands on which they rely. Read more about the partnership and project on the MDP website.
Common Green Darner by Walter Chadwick, MDP Citizen Scientist.
The MDP needs your help to contribute to the study of dragonfly migration! Click below to learn more about participating in MDP citizen science projects and joining our network of dedicated volunteers across North America.
Collect seasonal information at local ponds to increase our knowledge of the timing and location of dragonfly migration across North America. These investigations will expand our understanding of the local life histories of migrant and resident populations. Learn more.
Contribute your migration observations to advance our understanding about the frequency and timing of migratory flights and the behaviors exhibited by dragonflies during their epic journey. Track the fall and spring movement of the five focal species and submit data. Learn more.
Stable isotopes of hydrogen in the dragonfly wings and nymphal exuviae are being analyzed to investigate patterns of dragonfly movement north and south in North America. Contribute specimens to inform research into a dragonfly’s travels from the site where it developed and emerged. Learn more.