|Banded Pennant, by Rick Cantu|
Odonata will be the order of the day when Omar Bocanegra comes to Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge for Second Saturday on July 12. The program, Dragonflies and Damselflies, will begin at 10 am in the Visitor Center meeting room at the Refuge. Second Saturday nature programs are free of charge and open to the public.
According to Texas Parks & Wildlife's "Introduction to Dragonfly and Damselfly Watching", by Mark Klym and Mike Quinn:
"Approximately 212 species of odonates have been taken in Texas. Theand further:
color and behavior of these beautiful creatures excites many people, both
amateur and professional, to study them more. Their gossamer jeweled
wings, and spectacular aerial displays are entrancing.
"North American damselfly diversity has been estimated at 128 species of
which 70 have been found in Texas.
Second Saturday will present the opportunity to learn about the many species of dragonflies and damselflies found in N. Texas and at Hagerman, from Bocanegra, who is a US Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Coordinator. He is based in the Arlington Field Office for US Fish and Wildlife. He completed a Master’s thesis on the reproductive ecology of the Desert Firetail Damselfly. Following a photo presentation and talk, Bocanegra will lead a short field trip on the Refuge. Participants are advised to dress for walking through grass, and are welcome to bring cameras.
In addition, the Friends of Hagerman Nature Photo Club will meet at 12:30 pm on July 12 in the Audio Visual Classroom. The club is open to anyone interested in nature photography. Visitors may attend at no charge; there are nominal dues for membership. There will be a program on re-sizing images for various applications and photo sharing; the theme for July is Butterflies. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hagerman NWR is located at 6465 Refuge Road, Sherman. For more information see www.friendsofhagerman.com or call the Refuge, 903 786 2826.