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July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and learn about insects in the order Odonata: the marvelous, flying predators that are Dragonflies and Damselflies.  We’ll explore their life cycles, mating habits, and predatory strategies. We’ll bring nets to catch some adults and will learn how to hold them without damaging their delicate wings. By walk’s end, you’ll know how to tell a dragonfly from a damselfly!

If we don’t see many adults, we may dip nets into into the small pond near the Ecology Center in search of their larvae…and whatever other intriguing aquatic invertebrates reveal themselves.  Bring your rugged walking shoes as we will visit two or three different ecological niches, each of which will harbor different species. Bring your cameras as photographs will help us identify the species.

The leader, David Reed, is a retired professor who has rekindled his childhood interest in bugs. With a good macro lens and lots of patience, he has photographed and identified countless invertebrates and enjoys sharing his passion for these fascinating creatures that play such a key role in the natural world.

Max of 20 participants. Registration required. Rain date: Sunday, July 31.

Registration opens in early June.


July 30
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Cathance River Nature Preserve
28 Rensenbrink Way
Topsham, Maine
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Cathance River Education Alliance
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