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Help survey dragonflies!


The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is piloting a Dragonfly Survey project as a part of their growing Community Science program, and they’re looking for participants. No prior experience is required.


Help document the distribution of dragonfly and damselfly species throughout the Johnson Creek watershed. Entomologist extraordinaire Celeste Searles Mazzacano will train volunteers in survey protocols and identification skills.  Volunteers must register and attend both of these sessions:

  • ORIENTATION: Thursday, June 16th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Johnson Creek Watershed Council Office (1900 SE Milport Rd, Suite B, Milwaukie). Please arrive by 5:45pm to be signed in at Orientation.

  • FIELD TRAINING:  Saturday, June 18th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Brookside Wetland (an Environmental Services restoration project site). Parking is available along SE Brookside Drive (just west of SE 110/112th).

How the surveys work: Volunteers will work on a team to conduct weekly surveys of selected sites in the Johnson Creek watershed. A commitment of approximately three surveys (one survey per month) from July through September is required. Surveys take approximately two hours, not including travel time.

Important note:  Surveys require some walking on uneven terrain in warm weather.  Volunteers must be sure-footed and willing to handle live insects, including the use of nets to catch and identify species. 

Johnson Creek Watershed Council LogoFor more information: email or call 503-652-7477 ext.101


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