Schoolyard ecology at North Temperate Lakes LTER: Dragonfly Species Presence at Stormwater Retention Ponds in July of 2014
This study aims to integrate scientific observations with community involvement, specifically with dragonfly species. The presence and absence of 17 dragonfly species was observed at Stormwater Retention ponds in the Madison area in July of 2014 and made into frequency distributions. This research will continue with community outreach in the area to further involve and educate the community on the biodiversity of their local ponds.
Dragonfly species presence data was collected by walking the perimeter of each pond in all but one. In Northern Lights Road I, data was collected by way of a 10-minute point count. The data was placed on a spreadsheet and frequency distributions were made for the Number of Species by Date and by Pond. They were also divided up into the individual species observed on each date including all four ponds.