Update - Nov Month End

We are at the end of the 2023 Dragonfly season. There may be some additional observations arrive, but the bulk of the data is now in place. Our latest flying adult Ode in the data (so far) is a Nov 27, 2006 Autumn Meadowhawk. Seems hard to believe my season's done - it's just been a week! Already looking forward to 2024.

2023 will be the top year in the Ohio Odonata Society database with over 38,000 observations from more than 1,000 contributors. All 88 Ohio Counties are represented in the data, some more than others. While we did not have March observations, all of our other months (Apr-Nov) were ahead of the 5-year average and five months (Apr, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov) posted new all-time high numbers.

135 species were recorded, short of our 5-year average (138), but 55 species had new all-time annual high observations. It was an especially good year for many Clubtail species. Eight species were documented in all 88 counties (Widow Skimmer, Fragile Forktail, Eastern Pondhawk, Eastern Forktail, Eastern Amberwing, Common Whitetail, Blue Dasher).

The exciting story for the year is our Four-spotted Skimmer irruption in late June, with 247 observations. We had over 100 new County Records (Four-spotted Skimmer accounts for more new County Records than any other species)

There will be 20+ new flight expansions (either new early date or new late date). I'll be reporting on these as the data processing gets completed. We also had some progress on our target counties - both overall numbers and new species.

Thanks everyone that has contributed. If you have any photos not yet posted, please do so.

Posted on 30 de novembro de 2023, 03:40 PM by jimlem jimlem


As always - thanks, Jim for the terrific record keeping and reporting. See you in the field next year. Jim Heflich

Publicado por laureldoc 6 meses antes

Wow! 38,000 records in one year. Compared to roughly 25,000 records for all of the 1991-99 original survey! I'm blown away.
Bob G

Publicado por glotz 6 meses antes

Glad to be a part of this effort. My first full season in Ode observing/finding. Hope to learn a lot more and find more in '24. I am literally counting the weeks till next spring! -Greg C.

Publicado por gcasp60 6 meses antes

I, too, am looking forward to chasing Odes, though I usually only go out in Licking County. Thanks to all for getting me interested in this.

Publicado por susankamps 3 meses antes

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