Swarm Sunday – 1/1/2012 – 3/18/2012

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I’m back!  I was sorry to drop off the face of the Earth last week because I always miss blogging when I’m not able to do it, but I needed to spend some time with my husband away from work.  But now I’m back!  Hopefully you all had a great week without me.  :)

Today I’m going to do the first Swarm Sunday post for the year!  I haven’t been deluged by reports or anything, but there has been some very early activity this year.  Since New Year’s, I’ve received the following reports:

USA:

Fort Pierce, FL
Vero Beach, FL
Saint Augustine, FL (2 swarms)
Hudson, FL
Naples, FL
Edgewater, FL
Sarasota, FL
Oakhill, FL

Australia:

Melbourne, Victoria

Clearly, Florida is the place for dragonfly swarms recently!  There is a fair amount of early activity happening there, as early as Mid-February.  Could this be part of the spring migration back north?  Interestingly, not all the dragonflies reported have been green darners either as the black saddlebags have made an appearance too.  Very interesting…

In other dragonfly swarm news, the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership is gearing up to start collecting detailed data on dragonfly migrations!  There are going to be many ways that you can help out, including citizen science projects you can get involved in, so I’ll keep you posted as more things go online.  I’m excited to be a part of this partnership and I know you all can contribute some valuable information to the MDP.  For now, the website is quite spartan, but things will he up and running soon!

I’m looking forward to year three of the Dragonfly Swarm Project!  Keep the reports coming.

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Have you seen a dragonfly swarm? I am tracking swarms so I can learn more about this interesting behavior.  If you see one, I’d love to hear from you!  Please visit my Report a Dragonfly Swarm page to fill out the official report form.  It only takes a few minutes! Thanks!

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Want more information? Visit my dragonfly swarm information page for my entire collection of posts about dragonfly swarms!

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2 thoughts on “Swarm Sunday – 1/1/2012 – 3/18/2012

    • I haven’t seen any dragonflies either, but truth be told I haven’t been outside as much as I’d like recently. Trying to finish my dissertation keeps me indoors much more than I’d like.

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