Caring for Parks

Community Science Programs - Dragonfly Monitoring

Dragonflies are important water quality indicators and provide a direct link between the terrestrial and aquatic environments.  They also play an important role in controlling populations of pest insects including mosquitoes.  Dragonflies are amazing acrobats, display striking colors, and have interesting behaviors which make them a fascinating group of insects to observe.    

Volunteers adopt a pond in a City of Boise park to monitor for dragonfly activity from May to September.  Data gathered by volunteers will be shared with Odonata Central and iNaturalist to help scientists better understand the diversity, abundance, and migration patterns of dragonflies.

Training and monitoring materials will be provided.  The training workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th at the Boise Depot Meeting Station.  Volunteers will have opportunities to collaborate with other participants and join guided group excursions throughout the season.    

Qualifications Required

  • Volunteer Handbook Review Must be Complete
  • Volunteer Waiver Must be Complete