Eastman Nature Center Prepares for Dragonfly Festival
Did you know dragonflies are found on every continent except Antarctica? There are more than 5,000 different species of dragonflies. This Saturday at Eastman Nature center there is an entire festival dedicated to the dragonfly.
Three Rivers Parks Outdoor Education Supervisor at Eastman Nature Center, Kim Nowicki, said, “We’ll be collecting dragonflies, teaching folks how to do that. Catch them out of the air. We’ll be going down to the pond to look for their young nymph stage there will be volunteers to help with that. We’ll have a big tent you can go inside and have dragonflies fly around you. You can learn to identify them learn why they’re important to help us understand the water quality in Minnesota.”
Dragonflies have been the subject of myth and lore. The English term, dragonfly, is believed to come from the Romanian language where the word for dragonfly translates to Devil’s Horse, or Devil’s Fly. Dragonflies will neither sting nor bite you.
“If you get bitten by a dragonfly you were working hard to get bitten by a dragonfly. You got to be poking them in the mouth. They are harmless,” said Nowicki.
Dragonfly Fest runs from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. this Saturday at Eastman Nature Center. No registration is needed and the cost is five dollars.
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