Dragonflies and damselflies roamed the earth for more than 300 million years before the first human was born. In our short time together, these swift and mysterious insects have often eluded the odonatologists who have come to specialize in their peculiar life cycles, adaptations, and behaviors. But in recent decades in North America, nobody has deepened and broadened the public awareness of these ancient insects more than Dennis Paulson. Since his landmark dissertation inventorying south Florida’s dragonfly diversity in 1966, Paulson’s nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles and popular field guides have offered a language to appreciate the remarkable complexity and evolutionary persistence of these creatures. He even helped bestow the common names we now find so exact and endearing, including the twelve-spotted skimmer, lyre-tipped spreadwing, chalk-fronted corporal, and cherry-faced meadowhawk. As a teacher in university and adult-education settings, his versatility as a field-based naturalist has inspired countless learners to connect with dragonflies through camera lenses, binoculars, and bug nets. As a longtime resident of Seattle who is currently Director Emeritus for Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound, Dennis Paulson will surely kindle your curiosity for the dragons and damsels of our region.
Whatcom Land Trust is proud to present Dennis Paulson, in partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, as a special guest in the monthly Conservation Conversations series. Please join us!
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