DURHAM — Explore dragonflies and damselflies with NH Audubon’s Pam Hunt at a Dragonfly Walk on Sat., September 11, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Oak Ridge Town Forest in Fremont.

Participants will learn about dragonfly and damselfly biology and behavior, get some tips for identification, and see some of these incredible creatures up close. Dragonflies are most active when it’s warm and sunny, so in the event of cool and cloudy weather, Pam will guide participants in surveying for and identifying other insects.

Pam Hunt has been interested in birds since the age of 12, when an uncle took her to Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in NJ. She went on to earn a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, an M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1995. Pam came to NH Audubon in 2000 after five years as adjunct faculty at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. In her current position as Avian Conservation Biologist, she works helps coordinate and prioritize bird research and monitoring in the state and authored NH's State of the Birds report. Pam also coordinated the NH Dragonfly Survey, a five-year project that mapped distributions of these insects throughout the state and remains active in the dragonfly field.

Oak Ridge Town Forest, an eighty-acre property owned by the town of Fremont, offers five different wetland habitats, an Appalachian-Oak-Pine forest, a meadow, and areas identified as some of the highest priority wildlife habitats in the state. This walk is being held as part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, an effort to get community members out exploring species on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire during the month of September. Attendees are invited to participate in the BioBlitz effort by submitting their dragonfly species observations to iNaturalist. To learn more about the NH BioBlitz, visit https://extension.unh.edu/programs/nh-bioblitz.

This event is free, but space is limited due to current UNH COVID-related policies. Registration is required. To sign up, go to www.naturegroupie.org.

Bring your own aerial insect net, binoculars, hand lens, and guidebooks, if you have them. Wear waterproof, sturdy footwear as some sampling might take place in wet areas. Prepare to be outside for the entire morning; water and insect repellent/sunscreen are recommended.

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