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.

Meeting agenda*:

  • 12:00  Social time (refreshments, silent auction, live dragonfly nymphs, & merchandise/membership sales)
  • 12:30  Business meeting: MDS 2023 overview
  • 1:00  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ami Thompson, “Tracking Dragonflies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
  • 1:40  Break/silent auction
  • 2:00  SpeakersMadie Cloutier, Lou Hoff, & Dr. Emily Schilling, "Tracking the Emergence Phenology and Migration Pathway of Canada Darner Dragonflies: an update from Itasca State Park"
  • 2:30  Break/auction close
  • 2:45  Speaker: Ron Lawrenz, "2023 Odonata Research"
  • 3:30  Final comments, mingling, and auction cash-out  
*This is a mostly 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, please email before the end of the day on Wednesday, January 17th. 

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! 

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