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Discover Dragonflies: Nature Walk at Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve

June 25, 2014

THOMPSON, PA — With their needle-like, iridescent bodies, four gossamer wings, enormous eyes, and distinctive flight patterns, dragonflies are a familiar sight around ponds and streams at this time of year. Because these swift, beautiful insects lay their eggs under water and feed near it, the Florence Shelly Preserve, a diverse 400-acre protected wetlands area is an ideal place to observe them.

On Saturday, June 28 at 10 a.m., Professor Nick Donnelly, retired professor of geology at SUNY Binghamton and one of the world’s leading experts on dragonflies, will host a walk at the preserve to identify dragonflies and discuss their habits. There are approximately 60 to 70 different species of the insect in the preserve, and participants will learn to distinguish among them, and to recognize dragonfly larvae.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson on Route 171. There is a small parking lot opposite Stack Road. The walk is scheduled to last two hours. Participants are urged to wear waterproof shoes. Note that the trail is uneven, with spots that are rocky and wet. For more information call Trebbe Johnson at 570/396-0293.