The Heritage Program and Odonate Conservation in
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
Of the 165+ species of Odonates in
, 31 are considered rare and threatened,
and are protected by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program.
The majority of Massachusetts Odonate rarities are coastal plain pond
species, big river species, and bog species.
Our coastal plain ponds are home to several species of Enallagma
that are not found much outside of the sandy coastal plain running from New
Jersey to Massachusetts – a region that is rapidly being developed.
is the exclusive home to several big river species, and of course, our
bogs are home to the Williamsonia, W.
lintneri being quite globally rare.
has the unique ability to protect the
habitat of our rare species through its Endangered Species Act and Wetlands
Protection Act and is a national leader in rare species protection.
No other states currently protect habitat under the provision of
“take”, as only
and the Federal government do.
The Heritage Program oversees the protection of our rare species through
surveys to clarify the distribution of rare species, research on habitat
requirements and general life-histories, and regulation of known rare species
occurrences and habitats under the state Endangered Species Act and the Wetlands
Jennifer Loose is an Invertebrate Zoologist with the Massachusetts Natural
Heritage and Endangered Species Program where she works towards the conservation
of the rare Odonata and other invertebrates.
Jennifer is coauthor, along with Blair Nikula and Matt Burne, of A
Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts.
Jennifer’s interest in the world of insects was ignited as an
undergraduate visiting the La Selva research station in
- she was dazzled by the beetles (and
startled by the giant cockroaches). Upon
return, Jennifer enrolled in Dave Wagner’s vibrant entomology course and
promptly found her way to his lab and began working with Williamsonia lintneri and other Odes, as well as rearing a world of
caterpillars. Jennifer continued on,
earning a M.S. in Entomology at the
There she studied native bees, wildflowers, and agricultural practices in
the blueberry barrens and cranberry bogs of the Northeast – as well as aquatic
entomology and ecology and beekeeping. Jennifer
has traveled through
, where she has truly gained an
appreciation for the tools and effectiveness of local conservation, as well as
the diversity of life.
Contact Info: Jennifer Loose,
Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program,
1 Rabbit Hill Road
. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org