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September 2020


Dragonflies and Damselflies: Frequent Flyers of the Wild Garden

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
to (Central Time)

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Few insects are as fascinating as Illinois' dragonflies and damselflies. From their unusual life cycle of transformation, their bizarre sex life, mystifying migratory habits, and their struggle for survival, there is plenty to discover and marvel about! Hear the cultural history of dragonflies, including some of the myths and superstitions that surround them. Be amazed at their natural history as you see beautiful close-up images of different species that are found in the Chicago Region. Learn how you can attract them to your garden. Find out why dragonflies tell us something about the health of our water---and our world. Then learn how you can become involved in caring for these remarkable flying creatures.
Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler, or contributor to more than 20 books. Her most recent is Chasing Dragonflies: A  Natural, Cultural, and Personal History (Northwestern University Press 2020). She is also the author of The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction with Northwestern University Press (2017) and  Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press, 2019--with Thomas Dean). Cindy earned her master's degree in Natural Resources from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is a master gardener, and a prairie ecology instructor for the Illinois Master Naturalist's program. Cindy is a dragonfly monitor who coordinates the dragonfly monitoring program at Nachusa Grasslands, a Nature Conservancy site, and at The Morton Arboretum. When she's not out chasing dragonflies, she speaks and teaches on dragonflies, prairie and other natural history topics in the Chicago region. You can find her classes and more on and she blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass on Wordpress.
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