Photo: Sean Rea.

Dragonflies and damselflies with Celeste Searles Mazzacano

Feb 26, 2015 by Deschutes Land Trust
Entomologist Celeste Searles Mazzacano presented our February Nature Night on Oregon's dragonflies and damselflies. Enjoy slides from her presentation and find her suggested resources to learn more about these fascinating insects in our region.

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Thanks to those of you who came out to our February 25th Nature Night on Dragonflies and Damselflies! It was a great presentation full of fascinating information from Xerces Society entomologist Celeste Searles Mazzacano!

Enjoy the slides from Celeste's presentation below. Videos played during the presentation can be accessed via links below. Also, continue on for additional dragonfly and damselfly resources recommended by Celeste. If you had questions that weren't answered at the presentation, be sure to post them on our Facebook page and Celeste will help us answer them.

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Videos played during the presentation:

Dragonfly metamorphosis from David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth.

Dragonfly larvae hunts water bugs from Nature Up Close.

Additional resources:

Deschutes County Dragonflies and Damselflies species list

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon by Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon. Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press, 2011.

Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West by Dennis Paulson. Princeton University Press, 2009.

Celeste Searles Mazzacano is the Staff Scientist and Aquatic Conservation Director for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and the Project Coordinator for the international Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.  She is also Editor-in-Chief of Argia, the news journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas. She has a Ph.D. in Entomology and a B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Minnesota. She has over 18 years of experience in research, conservation, and education, including conducting invertebrate-based biomonitoring in streams and wetlands; developing macroinvertebrate indicators of stream flow duration; surveying and writing status reviews and management plans for rare and threatened aquatic invertebrates; developing and delivering natural resource education programs; creating and sustaining citizen science projects; and developing recommendations for ecologically sound mosquito management in wetlands. She can frequently be found hip-deep in water hunting for bugs.