Swarm Sunday – 7/29/2012 – 8/4/2012

Dragonfly Swarm Project logoIt would just feel wrong if I went to a conference on citizen science where I’m presenting a poster on this very project and then didn’t get Swarm Sunday up on time!  Swarms were reported in the following locations this week:


Corte Madera, CA
Costa Mesa, CA
Downey, CA
Fallbrook, CA
Lake  Forest, CA
Sacramento, CA
Victorville, CA
Fountain Valley, CA
Broomfield, CO
Hockessin, DE
Washington, DC
Daytona Beach, FL (2 reports)
New Smyrna, FL
Stockbridge, FL
Roswell, GA
Stockton, GA
St. Croix, IN
Alvaton, KY
Cadiz, KY
Port Allen, LA

Auburn, ME (2 reports)
Farmington, ME
Madison, ME
Worcester, MA
Gulfport, MS
Lucedale, MS
Manchester, MA
Gilford, NH
Merrimack, NH
Nashua, NH
New Ipswitch, NH
South Hampton, NH
Westville, NJ
East Aurora, NY
Lindenhurst, NY
Paducah, NY
Walton, NY
Carrboro, NC
Cary, NC
Garner, NC
Harrisburg, PA
Sewanee, TN (2 reports)
Soddy-Daisy, TN (2 reports)
Bastrop, TX
Grand Prairie, TX
Plano, TX
Fredericksburg, VA
Richmond, VA
Milton, VT
Drummond, WI


Calgary, AL


Los Penitas, Leon

New country this week!  And it’s in Central America.  That’s always exciting, and brings the total number of countries participating in The Dragonfly Swarm Project up to 16.  I’ve got a plan for translating part of my text and my report form into Spanish so I can reach out to the Spanish speaking people of Central and South American this fall too.  Hopefully I can start to get more participation from the people in the countries that are potentially the overwintering sites for the North American migrating species.  That would be very exciting!

Otherwise, there was a lot of activity in northern New England this week, with states like Maine, Delaware, Vermont, and New Hampshire making their first apppearance on the swarm list for the year.  There is also a little event happening in California.  Of course, I say “little,” but by western stndards it is positively huge!  I would imagine there is something strange going on with the weather there, but I’ll have to look into it after I get back from my conference.

And speaking of my conference, I need to get ready to go present my poster, so I have to cut this a little short this week.  I’ll likely post about the conference when I get back, but for now I can’t wait to hear some more of the great talks!  I believe the first Public Participation in Scientific Research conference has been a great success.  I really hope they decide to make this an annual event!


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4 thoughts on “Swarm Sunday – 7/29/2012 – 8/4/2012

  1. First I want to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. It encourages me that there are people out there who love insects as much as I do!

    Second, if you need help translating anything Google has a program that allows you to type in text. And translate it into any language. That might help if you need translation.

    Finally, Iam blown away by Gods creation of insects. This started when I was. In 7th grade with ants it grew from their and now I seek to be an entomologist. Can you give me some advice about what I can be doing now to get there.
    I also was wondering what field guild’s were

    • Take biology classes, start making a collection, make as many observations as you can, and try to get involved with the work a scientist who works with insects in your area so that you can get research experience. These will all help you on your way!

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