The 6th Annual
Great Lakes Odonata Meeting
June 22-25, 2006
"Bringing experts and amateurs together to discover
dragonflies and damselflies"
| Wisconsin State Endangered
St. Croix Snaketail
What is GLOM?
The Great Lakes Odonata Meeting
(GLOM) is not a club, a society or an organization. There is no
membership, and no dues to pay. It is just an annual international event
that happens somewhere near the Great Lakes. The first GLOM was held
Laurentian Lodge near the Mississagi Provincial
eastern Ontario in 2001. In years
Michigan (2002); Finland, Minnesota (2003); Northeast Ohio (2004); and the
Rainy River District, Ontario (2005) have also hosted GLOM.
watching itself is a
fast-growing hobby, drawing on many of the same skills used in birding. To
encourage the hobby and facilitate the study and conservation of odonates (dragonflies
and damselflies), a
group of enthusiasts started GLOM. In addition
to providing an informal gathering for people who are interested in odonates and
the habitats and resources that support them, GLOM also provides an opportunity
to survey the host location for rare and sensitive populations of odonates.
St. Croix River
Who comes to GLOM?
a very open and welcoming event. In past years, the experience levels of
participants have ranged from PhD level scientists to people who have never seen
a dragonfly up close. It is an event that has become well known as a great
place for beginners to get their feet wet, so to speak, under the informal
tutelage of some of the best and most experienced Odonatologists of North
America. There have never been scientific papers or technical reports presented
at GLOM, but in the evenings it is not uncommon for people to share their slides
of Odonata-based vacations or of the interesting bugs of their own regions.
Children of all ages are welcome!
Little Kid Netting Dragonflies
Big Kids Netting Dragonflies
Where was GLOM 2006? This year's GLOM was held at the
Meadows Education Center
in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. This
area was chosen because of its close proximity to the
St. Croix River
where the St. Croix Snaketail Dragonfly (Ophiogomphus susbehcha) was
discovered in 1989. The St. Croix and its tributaries are also home to
many other rare riverine clubtails including the Extra-striped Snaketail (O.
anomalus), the Pygmy Snaketail (O. howei) and the also recently
discovered Sioux Snaketail (O. smithi).
Although little studied in Burnett Co., it is also likely that bog pools in the
area hold many rare emerald species such as the Ebony Boghaunter (Williamsonia
fletcheri), and several members of the
Striped Emerald genus including Brush-tipped Emeralds (Somatochlora walshii),
Delicate Emerald (Somatachlora franklini), Kennedy's Emerald (Somatachlora
kennedyi), and Williamson's Emerald (Somatochlora williamsoni).
In addition to these rarities,
Meadows Wildlife Area features vast remnant brush prairie, four
natural lakes, scores of beaver ponds, natural sedge marsh openings, and
hundreds of constructed potholes creating habitat for our state's more common
lake and pond species. All total, there is the potential to see more than
80 dragonfly and damselfly species at the end of June.
What Species are
found in the St. Croix River Watershed? To date, over 80 species of
dragonflies have been recorded in the counties surrounding the St. Croix River
and its tributaries. A
species list for GLOM 2006 is available
as well as a
species list for the St. Croix National Riverway
and its tributaries with accompanying pictures of adults, exuviae and life
history reports for select species.
Participants Identify a
| GLOM 2006 | GLOM