Since 2002 Citizen Scientists volunteers have helped the Wisconsin Odonata Survey and Wisconsin Dragonfly Society explore much of Wisconsin's 72 counties to document, study and understand the 165 species of Odonata that can be found in Wisconsin. Over 170 people made more than made more than 5,400 site visits to locations around the state that have resulted in more than 30,000 new Odonata records, including many county records, and a handful of new state records as well! This wealth of data has led to much greater understanding of the ranges and important habitats of all species in the state, including rare species. Also of great importance, their involvement with WOS has been a pathway for many people to become more deeply and meaningfully engaged with nature.
But the job is far from over.
Wisconsin is a state that has a rich diversity of habitats that are beneficial to dragonflies and damselflies. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, bogs and other wetlands provide habitat for variety of different species that range from very common species found all around the state to the Hines Emerald, which is the only dragonfly on the Federal Endangered Species list. There are new records to find, possibly even a few new state species, and there are many people in Wisconsin that still do not know how important dragonflies are to the environment that we share.
That is where we need your help. You can help by becoming a member or volunteering your time.
Your $5 annual dues is used to support the WDS mission. Members get free electronic copies of the WDS newsletter, the Wisconsin Odonata News plus free or discounted access to the WDS annual meeting and other WDS sponsored events. WDS also offers an annual family membership for $7.50, an individual lifetime membership for $50 and a lifetime family membership for $75.
WDS is always looking for help . We need volunteers to help doing surveys, assisting at programs, manning booths at events, and many other tasks.