Dragonfly watching (along with damselflies) is a rapidly-growing hobby. And, unlike birds which are best observed in very early morning, dragonflies often aren't active until mid-morning. Dragonfly watchers always have time for a leisurely breakfast and an extra cup of coffee!
But what does one need to get started?
Certain species, however, will have a preference for certain types of habitat. They are also not present all year as adults, but generally dragonfly and damselfly species appear by late April and continue to fly until October. You can find this information for selected species on this website or in field guides.
While these two field guides are designed to cover an area just to our north, there are very few dragonflies and damselflies within our area that won't be in these books. If you prefer buying just one of these books the Kurt Mead book not only has the dragonflies, but also a short introduction to the more common Minnesota damselflies as well.
Representatives of MOSP provide day-long training sessions held around the state. This is a great way to get involved with dragonfly watching and meeting enthusiasts from around the state.
Did You Know?
At Lake Itasca, the elevation of the Mississippi River is 1,475 feet above sea level. It drops to sea level at the Gulf of Mexico. More than half of that drop occurs within the state of Minnesota.