Friday, December 29, 2023

MDS Annual Meeting & Gathering 2024

Join us Saturday, January 27th, for the 2024 MN Dragonfly Society Annual Meeting and Gathering!

There are two options to join: in-person or on Zoom.
Please follow the steps below to register and join. 

1) Register using this form.  

  • We will use this information for both in-person (to help us assess food & setup needs) and Zoom (to send the meeting link & password).
  • Please register by noon on Friday, January 26th, to ensure we have enough food &/or you receive the Zoom link.
  • In-person walk-ins will be welcome if space is available.
  • You may want to double-check your email as you enter it into the form to ensure you receive the Zoom link (if applicable).

2) If you're joining in-person

  • After registering, go to the farm entrance of Dodge Nature Center (1701 Charlton Street in West St. Paul).
  • Park in the lot.
  • Walk up the paved trail to the white building on the right.
  • Enter the building using the door on the right/north side of the building, near the clear garage doors.
  • Enjoy socializing, presentations, food, & the chance to support MDS through our silent auction and merchandise/membership purchases.
3) If you're joining us on Zoom:
  • If you registered, you should receive an email with a link and password to join the meeting.  This will likely be emailed on the evening of Friday, January 26th.
  • You may want to add to your safe sender list to ensure this email isn't caught by spam filters.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

MDS Annual Meeting & Gathering 2023

Join the Minnesota Dragonfly Society on Saturday, January 28th for our first-ever *hybrid* Annual Meeting & Gathering!  You have two options to join:
  1. In-person: go to the farm entrance of Dodge Nature Center (1701 Charlton Street in West St. Paul), park in the lot, then walk up the paved trail to the white building on the right, & enter on the right side of the building near the clear garage doors.
  2. Virtually on Zoom: register here.  After registering, you will receive an email with a separate link that can be used to join the meeting.  Registration is required to join us on Zoom.

In-person guests can enjoy socializing, presentations, activities, food, & the chance to support MDS through our silent auction & merchandise purchases.  (Last chance to buy the current t-shirt design before it's retired; limited sizes and colors available!)

If all goes as planned (cross your tarsi!), registered Zoom guests can watch the presentations, socializing, & odonata art gallery slideshow, & can send questions for our speakers through Zoom's chat feature. 


  • 12:00-12:30  Food/mingling
  • 12:30-1:00  Business meeting
  • 1:00-1:40  Virtual Presenter: Steve Valley, “The Art and Science of Dragonfly Photography”
  • 1:40-2:00  Break and silent auction
  • 2:00-2:30  Live Presenters: Kerrie Schaefer and Lily Erickson, Augsburg students studying odonates
  • 2:30- 2:45  Break/ close out auction
  • 2:45-3:30  Live Presenter: Ron Lawrenz, dragonfly research year-in-review
  • 3:30-4:00  Final comments, mingling, and auction cash-out  
*This is an informal gathering; agenda times are approximate.

As always, this gathering is free, but donations are always appreciated.  If you would like to donate items for our silent auction or contribute artwork to our odonata art gallery, please email before the end of the day on Wednesday, January 18th. 

Whether you join us in-person or on Zoom, we look forward to seeing you!   And if you can't join us this time, we hope to see you at a future event or out in the field.  Happy new year! 

Friday, January 7, 2022

MDS Annual Meeting & Gathering 2022!

MDS Annual Meeting & Gathering 2022

Join the Minnesota Dragonfly Society on January 29th at noon (CST) for the 2022 edition of the MDS Annual Meeting and Gathering (virtually, of course)!  Enjoy presentations (see details below), view our odonata art submissions, and test your odonate knowledge with our dragonfly and damselfly-themed trivia. Come laugh, socialize, learn, and be part of our community. Registration is required (see link below). After registering, you will receive an email with a separate link that can be used to join the meeting. 

Zoom Meeting Registration:


12:00-12:10  Welcome and Introduction

12:10-12:40  Business meeting (election of board, treasurer’s report, committee updates)

12:40-1:20  Keynote speech Dr. Melissa Sanchez Herrera (with Q&A)

1:20-1:30 Break (art show entries slideshow)

1:30-2:00  Bill Mauffray speech (with Q&A)

2:00-2:10 Break (art show entries slideshow)

2:10-3:00 Trivia

3:00 End Meeting

We look forward to seeing you!

Dragonfly Art Show

Our second virtual annual meeting wouldn't be complete without our second dragonfly art submission and contest!  Create your own dragonfly- or damselfly-inspired artwork and submit it to our (virtual) show.  Express yourself in any medium you prefer; whether it be a drawing, painting, poem, or even interpretive dance!  All ages and skill levels are welcome to submit art.  There will also be a contest for ages 3-20, with the chance to win an aerial net or Dragonflies of the Northwoods ID book.  Submissions will be shared during the annual meeting and on the MDS Facebook group.  All dragonfly artwork must be submitted before the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20th.

Submissions can be made at:

2022 Meeting Presenters

In line with the Odolympics this year that encouraged folks from North, Central, and South America to survey dragonflies and damselflies throughout the Americas, our two main speakers for our 2022 Annual Meeting are focusing on work outside of Minnesota.  

Dr. Melissa Sanchez is the President of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas and will speak about the damselflies of Colombia.

Dr. Bill Mauffray is the Managing Director of the International Odonata Research Institute and will speak about the odonata collection in Gainsville, Florida.

A big thanks to Drs. Sanchez and Mauffray for being willing to speak with us!

Thursday, March 18, 2021


We are in the process of developing our first formal strategic plan, and we could really use your help!  Please complete the survey linked below to help MDS plan how to best meet the expectations of our audience and fulfill our mission “To ensure the conservation of Minnesota's dragonflies and damselflies through research and education".  Every survey response will be reviewed and will have a direct impact in our future planning.


This survey will be open from now until March 31st and should take you approximately 15-25 minutes to complete.  You can take this survey via PC or mobile device.  A summary of our results will be posted on our website,  Thank you for your participation!


Thursday, December 17, 2020

MDS Annual Meeting & Gathering goes virtual with presentations, trivia, and an art contest!

MDS *Virtual* Annual Meeting and Gathering

Saturday, January 30th, 2021

    Join us on Zoom on Saturday, January 30th for our 2021 MDS Annual Meeting and Gathering!  All are invited to attend.  Starting at 1:00pm, we will have presentations, trivia, MDS updates, and a chance to win a dragonfly book or sweep net!  (See contest details below.)  This will also be a great opportunity to buy or renew your membership, check out our MDS swag, ask questions, and find out what's going on in the world of odonates and MDS.  The meeting will be held on Zoom, so get comfy, grab a mug of something warm, and tune in!  
   Limited space is available- please register to ensure your spot and get the link to join the meeting.  (Note- registration is required but can be done day-of as long as spaces are still available.)


12:45 Zoom room opens/art submissions slideshow

1:00 MDS membership meeting & 2020 overview

1:15 Dragonfly Nymph Form and Function (presentation/Q&A), by Marla Garrison 

-art submissions slideshow in 5 minute break between speakers-

2:15 Canada Darner Migration (presentation/Q&A), by Emily Schilling 

-art submissions slideshow in any free time between speakers-

3:00 2020 Odonate Research Review (presentation/Q&A), by Ron Lawrenz

3:30 Dragonfly & Damselfly Group Trivia

4:00 Wrap-up (Dragonfly Nymph Award, how to buy MDS swag/memberships, & good bye)

*Please note- start times are approximate and may take place ~10-15 minutes before or after the listed time. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding! This event is free, but donations are always welcome to help us ensure the conservation of Minnesota's dragonflies and damselflies through research and education. Click on the 'donate' link or become a member at the bottom of the home page.

Dragonfly Dazzle Art Submissions & Contest
    Why do you love dragonflies and damselflies, and why do you think they're important?  Answer these questions via your own original artwork in the form of your choice: drawing, painting, writing, video, photograph, sculpture, interpretive dance; however you want to express yourself!  All skill levels are welcome to participate.
    Submit a photo, video, or document of your artistic answer by filling out this form with your name, age, and submission description before the end of the day Wednesday, January 20th.  Time allowing, your submission(s) will be shared during our annual meeting on January 30th and on our MDS Facebook group page.
Dragonfly Nymph AwardIf you are between the ages of 4-20, you can also choose to have your submission considered to win an aerial sweep net and/or a Dragonflies of the North Woods (3rd edition) dragonfly identification book, by MDS founder, Kurt Mead.  Prizes will be awarded based on creativity, originality, and age group.  Only ages 4-20 will be considered for the prizes, but all submissions are welcome.

  • Can I submit someone else's artwork?  No, you should only submit your own original artwork.
  • How many submissions can I enter?  There is no limit to the number of art submissions you enter, but only one prize will be given to each contest winner (ages 4-20) and we may not be able to display all of the submissions during our annual meeting.
  • What if I don't want my artwork shared?  If you fill out the submission form, you can choose where you give permission for us to share your artwork.
  • What is the deadline for submissions?  All submissions should be entered via the Google form before the end of the day on Wednesday, January 20th.  (This deadline was extended from the 18th.)  This will give the MDS Board time to vote on Dragonfly Nymph Award winners & post submissions into a Powerpoint for the meeting.
  • Do I need to attend the meeting to win a prize?  While we would love to have everyone join us for our virtual annual meeting/gathering, no, you do not need to attend the meeting on January 30th to win a prize.
  • Do I need to live in Minnesota to win a prize?  You do not need to live in Minnesota but do need to be able to arrange pick-up in the south metro area of the twin cities in order to win a prize.  (Sorry; shipping can be quite expensive!)

Monday, May 6, 2019

Save the Dates!

June 7th - 9th go Clubbing with the MDS

Join the MDS for the 2019 Minnesota Dragonfly Gathering.

This year we will join the Wisconsin Dragonfly Society for a combined event at Interstate Park on the shores of the 
St Croix River

The event begins Friday June 7th at 5pm at the 
St Croix Falls Public Library

A pre-event trip will meet at the parking lot of the
Minnesota side of Interstate Park
on Friday at 10am

Free space is available for tent camping at the group campgrounds.  

Space is limited so email to reserve a spot

Species that we hope to find include:
Midland Clubtail
Rapids Clubtail
Green-faced Clubtail
St Croix Snaketail
Rusty Snaketail
Ebony Jewelwing
River Jewelwing
and more

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Minnesota Dragonfly Society would like to thank everyone that donated during the "give to the MAX event.

A special thanks goes to:

Jill Jacoby
Mark Citsay
Duane Mann
Kim Nowicki
Clinton Nienhaus
Gretchen Mehmel
Kurt Mead
David Doyle
Andy Birkey
Shawn Goodchild
Heather Hundt
Jeff Fischer
Vera Wong
Curt Oien
Peg Furshong
Sandy Irish-Oien

Your support will help MDS to continue its mission of

Ensuring the Conservation of Minnesota’s Dragonflies 

and Damselflies through Research and Education