Vision: The Future of Odonata Study in the
A new phase of discovery is dawning
in the study of Odonata in
. Often considered under-surveyed,
is preparing to join those other states and provinces documenting and reporting
the status of dragonflies and damselflies. Existing Vermont resources include: a
small but growing interest in odonates among Vermonters; a nearly complete state
Odonata list; a collection at the University of Vermont (a source of historic
data); a developing database; a Vermont ode newsletter (The Boghaunter) and web
site (Odonata of Vermont); tentative interest in Odonata by the Vermont Nongame
and Natural Heritage Program; and an on-going statewide butterfly survey (which
may be a model for a Vermont ode survey). With this as a foundation, the
question is: Where does
go from here? How can
odonatists best use limited personnel and finances to further our understanding
of Odonata in the state? Recommendations will be solicited from odonatists
gathered at the New England Odonate Conference in
, on 17April 2004.
Pfeiffer is a naturalist, writer, and the founder of a nature touring company,
Vermont Bird Tours. When he's not chasing birds,
is coordinator and field lepidopterist for the Vermont Butterfly Survey. But
Odonata occupies much of his studies and field investigations.
edits and publishes The Boghaunter, a newsletter on the dragonflies and
. He also is co-author of Birdwatching in Vermont, a guide to finding and
enjoying birds in the state.
ís extra-curricular entomological project is to develop a field guide to
Vermont Lampyridae (lightning bugs) based largely on the diagnostic flash
patterns of displaying males.
lives on Bartlett Hill in
113 Bartlett Road
. Email: Bryan@VermontBirdTours.com