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

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Here are 5 reasons why you should consider making a donation to the
Minnesota Dragonfly Society through "give to the MAX" today.

1) Because the MDS is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization your donation today is tax deductible.

2) Your donation today may help to pay for supplies and logistics costs for doing dragonfly surveys around the state.

3) Your donation today may go further because of bonus prizes awarded by "give to the MAX" through out the day. This includes a $10,000 bonus which is randomly chosen.

4) Your donation today can help pay for MDS outreach. MDS participates at events around Minnesota typically free of charge.

5) Your donation today can help pay costs for dragonfly educational programs. Some of these costs include nets and field guides for participants to use, informational had outs and travel costs.

Please consider donating to the Minnesota Dragonfly Society today!
You can find our "give to the MAX" page


Thursday, March 29, 2018

MDS Volunteer Training 2018

Happy spring!  The dragonfly flight season is almost upon us and the Minnesota Dragonfly Society invites you to join us at one of our many upcoming events, surveys, and more!

This year, we’re offering a brand new training for MDS members as well as current and future volunteers.  Find out about the many volunteer opportunities MDS has to offer, learn how you can be more involved with MDS, and learn or refresh your adult dragonfly and damselfly ID skills in both an indoor lab and outdoor field session (weather permitting).   Check out the flyer and detailed schedule below, then please RSVP to reserve your space for this training if you're interested in volunteering with MDS!

It will be a busy field season and there are many great ways to get involved with MDS.  This is your opportunity to learn more and brush up on your skills before your first net swing! We hope to see you at the training or at another MDS event in the near future. Happy ode-ing!
-Leah Darst, MDS Volunteer Coordinator.

Approximate schedule for this training:

  • 10:00- Meet and mingle; light refreshments served
  • 10:30- Welcome!
    • Dragonfly/damselfly biology basics
    • MDS & volunteering overview
    • Event and survey tools overview
  • 11:45- Break*
  • 12:00- Dragonfly & damselfly ID basics
    • Presentation
    • Outdoor field survey (weather permitting)
    • Indoor ID lab
  • 2:00- Wrap-up and optional continuation of field/lab time for those who are interested
  • 3:00- Training end.  Thanks for attending and we hope to see you at our events and surveys!
*We encourage participants to bring their own lunch.

If you have any questions about this training, please e-mail the MDS Volunteer Coordinator.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ocellated Emerald
The Minnesota Dragonfly Society will be hosting the
2018 Annual Meeting of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas.
The event will take place up on the North Shore of Lake Superior
at Wolf Ridge Environmental Leaning Center
from July 11th through the 17th
with a pre-trip in the Twin Cities on July 10th and 11th.