Deep Dive: Dragonflies as Bioindicators

Learn all about the strange and mysterious lives of dragonflies, or Anisopterans. They are an ancient and highly adapted insect that can help us “read” and better understand the natural landscapes around us. Their combined aquatic and terrestrial life-cycles make them a unique indicator of habitat type and wetland diversity. We’ll use their complex physiology, life-cycle and fascinating behaviors as a window into ecosystem health. We’ll also learn how to find, ID, attract and study them in our neighborhoods. Kevin will share dozens of close-up photos from over 20 years of leading programs and studying dragonflies in California, Virginia and New York. Watch recorded event here: Deep Dive: Dragonflies as Bioindicators March 17, 2022


Kevin Munroe, Long Island Preserve Director, The Nature Conservancy

Before moving to New York in 2019, Kevin worked as CEO of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and later as a land management specialist with SSU’s Center for Environmental Inquiry. In that role, he led several popular public events on grasshoppers and crickets, animals out after dark, and a spring bird-a-thon. Kevin is a field naturalist with a background in ecological restoration, environmental education and biodiversity preservation, and a self-described nature geek, with a special interest in birds and dragonflies.


No previous experience or knowledge is required. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Margot Rawlins
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Thursday, March, 17, 2022, 10:00am to 11:00am