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SELAWIK: Dragonfly Research and Outreach Expand to the Northwest Arctic
Alaska Region, July 1, 2010
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Refuge staff search for dragonflies on a warm summer day on the Selawik Refuge, June 2010. Photo by Brandon Saito.
Refuge staff search for dragonflies on a warm summer day on the Selawik Refuge, June 2010. Photo by Brandon Saito. - Photo Credit: n/a
Dragonfly expert John Hudson points out key features in dragonfly identification to local biologists, June 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette.
Dragonfly expert John Hudson points out key features in dragonfly identification to local biologists, June 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette. - Photo Credit: n/a

John Hudson, aquatic biologist and coauthor of Dragonflies of Alaska, awed a Kotzebue audience in late June with a fascinating presentation on the natural history of dragonflies. Few in attendance had any idea of the intricacies of this creature, known as niulgiq in Iñupiaq. A day earlier John shepherded local biologists through an identification session on dragonflies, pulling out neatly packaged specimens and a hand lens to examine the details of each species.

 

John’s stop in Kotzebue was at the tail end of a dragonfly collecting excursion organized by Kanuti Refuge that ranged from Alaska’s interior westward to the arctic coast. Selawik Refuge staff joined the latter portion of the fieldwork. This was the first time dragonfly species have been systematically documented on the refuge. Ten species of dragonflies were collected on the Selawik Refuge during the trip, seven of which extended the known range for the species.

 

Kanuti Refuge has been at the vanguard of dragonfly research and public outreach, and Selawik Refuge was delighted to participate in the expanded program this year. The project was supported by a Challenge Cost Share grant awarded to Kanuti Refuge.


Contact Info: Susan Georgette, 907-442-3799 ext 16, susan_georgette@fws.gov



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