Dragonfly program and survey set for Friday night and Saturday at Norris Camp

Dragonflies and spaghetti are on the menu if the road takes you to Norris Camp, headquarters of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area, this weekend.

Gretchen Mehmel, manager of Red Lake WMA, sent me a flyer yesterday promoting a dragonfly program on tap this weekend at the WMA. It starts Friday night with a 7 p.m. potluck supper and program. The agenda includes an introduction to what’s billed as the “Minnesota Odonata Survey Project.”

Odonata is a new word in my vocabulary, but in lay terms, it’s the scientific name for a carnivorous order of insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies.

These insects eat mosquitoes, among other things, so all of us should be appreciative of the fine work they do. That’s especially true this year, as wet conditions have brought the mosquitoes out in force.

Saturday, participants will head outside for a field survey day that’s scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There’ll be a spaghetti supper at 6 p.m., followed by an evening program at 7 focusing on dragonflies and their nymphs.

Mehmel says several volunteers from the Minnesota survey project will be coming up for the programs and survey, but the event is open to everyone, and membership in the Odonata Survey Project isn’t required.

Norris Camp is located south of Roosevelt, Minn., in the heart of Beltrami Island State Forest. For more information on the dragonfly weekend or other activities at Norris Camp, contact Mehmel at (218) 783-6861.

To see the flyer,which includes driving routes to Norris Camp, click here: Dragonfly flyer_2013 (1)

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