About

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a close watch on the dragonflies and damselflies near where I live in Northfield, Minnesota, as a citizen scientist volunteer with the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project. When I started in 2007, there were a mere five species on record for Rice County. And while it has been fun to chase down a bunch of new records, most of the pleasure, at least for me, has come afterwards…in learning to identify the different species, in being able to revisit sites and sightings. There are still a good number of dragonflies and damselflies yet to be found in Rice County, in fact they’re all still out there, and (as it often seems to me) they’re just waiting for someone to come along watch them.

Hopefully the photos and information posted here will be useful for newcomers to dragonflies as well as interesting for those that already know them.

For additional information please visit the Minnesota Odonata Survey Project and Odonata Central.

Also, local birder Dan Tallman’s blog has some fine posts about Rice County Odonata.

Scott King

My Books

Rice County Odonata Journal: Volume One (2008)

Rice County Odonata Journal: Volume Two (2009)

Rice County Odonata Journal: Volume Three (2010)

Rice County Odonata Journal: Volume Four (2011) [forthcoming]

Rice County Odonata Journal: Volume Five (2012) [forthcoming]

Other Useful Books

Damselflies and Dragonflies of the West by Dennis Paulson [there are a number of great field guides, but this comprehensive guide is a good place to start]

Two Years among the Odonates by Dan Tallman [A photography book documenting Dan’s first two years chasing dragonflies]

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