March 2014: Statewide Citizen Data Collection: NH Dragonfly Survey

The New Hampshire Dragonfly Survey was a citizen science project conducted in 2007-2011 as a partnership between NH Audubon and the NH Fish and Game Department. Its three main goals were to: 1) Collect data on species of conservation concern, 2) Improve coverage of poorly-surveyed parts of the state, and 3) Educate people on the conservation and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies. Over the course of the survey, over 200 volunteers were trained in dragonfly identification and survey methodology, and over 100 people eventually submitted data. Their collected efforts yielded over 18,000 records of 157 species and generated roughly $150,000 dollars of in-kind match. New Hampshire now has a solid baseline against which future changes can be measured, and a wealth of information with which to access conservation priorities for this group of insects. In this presentation, project coordinator Dr. Pamela Hunt will provide an overview of the project and its results, but focus on the training, management, and retention of the volunteers who made the NHDS possible.

Join Pam Hunt, New Hampshire Audubon, and Lisa Brush, The Stewardship Network as they present on this important stewardship topic.

Dr. Pamela Hunt - Senior Conservation Biologist, New Hampshire Audubon. Pam has been interested in birds since the tender age of 12, when an uncle took her to Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge in NJ. She went on to earn a B.S. in biology from Cornell University, M.A. in zoology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1995. Pam came to NH Audubon in 2000 after five years as adjunct faculty at Colby-Sawyer College in New London. In her current position as Senior Conservation Biologist, she works closely with NH Fish and Game to coordinate and prioritize bird research and monitoring in the state, and most recently authored NH's "State of the Birds" report. Specific areas of interest include habitat use by early successional birds, particularly whip-poor-wills, and the effects of events outside the breeding season on long-distance migrants. Pam also coordinated the recently completed "NH Dragonfly Survey," a five-year project that mapped distributions of these insects throughout the state.

Lisa Brush - Executive Director, The Stewardship Network. Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University.

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
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