citizen monitors
Help increase our understanding of dragonfly migration.
Become a Pond Watch monitor!
Dragonfly Pond Watch is a volunteer-based program
of the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) to investigate the annual movements of two major migratory dragonfly species in North America: common green darner (Anax junius) and black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata). No prior experience with dragonflies is needed to participate!
green darner
By visiting the same wetland or pond site on a regular basis, participants will be able to note the arrival of migrant dragonflies moving south in the fall or north in the spring, as well as to record when the first resident adults of these species emerge in the spring.

Why monitor ponds?
Collecting seasonal information at local ponds will increase our knowledge of the timing and location of dragonfly migration across North America, and expand our understanding of the relationship between migrant and resident populations within the same species.

Who can participate?
Anyone with regular access to a large pond or wetland who has an interest in dragonflies and would like to contribute to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America.
black saddlebags
For those new to citizen monitoring, recognizing these two species is easy to learn! Visit the photo gallery at OdonataCentral to see an array of photos of common green darner and black saddlebags.

How can I get involved?
Please visit the Pond Watch homepage for information on how to register a pond of your choice and for detailed monitoring protocol instructions.

We will provide regular feedback and reports to participants, so you can see how you are making a difference!

For more information on the Migratory Dragonfly Partnership and Xerces' other aquatic programs, please visit our website,
We need your support in order to protect invertebrates and their habitat.
Dennis Paulson's eastern and western dragonfly field guides are both available in our store.

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Common green darner (Anax junius) by John Abbott     


Black saddlebags (Tramea lacerata) by Dennis Paulson

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