Protecting and Restoring Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly
Habitat in Northeast Michigan
BY DAWN MARSH, MARQUETTE BIOLOGICAL STATION
Hine's emerald dragonfly. Credit: David Cuthrell
The project, “Building Local Capacity to Protect and Restore Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly Habitat in Northeast Michigan”, tested an approach of training students and volunteers from the local community to assist in conducting surveys for Hine’s emerald dragonfly while mapping and treating invasive plant species. Due to the limited number of people who can identify HED, the project partners engaged and trained local State Park and Huron Pines staff, local volunteers, and environmental science students in the identification of the dragonfly and its habitat. Volunteers were also trained to identify invasive species and how to map these species if they were observed.
Volunteers conferring over maps. Credit: Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant