Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project
Colorado Dragonfly Monitoring Project (CDMP) is a community science project that harnesses the power of volunteers to understand and conserve Colorado dragonflies. Volunteers observe and count dragonflies in open spaces and parks multiple times per season, gathering essential data that land managers and policy makers can use when making conservation decisions.
Dragonflies are not only beautiful, but they are known indicators of ecosystem health and important predators for nuisance species, like mosquitoes! Knowing which dragonflies are active in our state gives us important information about the health of our local ecosystems. It is a fantastic chance to get outdoors and learn about dragonflies, while having a positive impact on conservation in Colorado.
No experience necessary to participate! Everyone is welcome. The field season runs from May to September, with trainings held April.
How to participate?
Submit a Volunteer Sign-Up Form (linked in website)
Attend a training session (virtual or in-person) before start of monitoring season (4 hours). Returning volunteers attend a refresher session (1-2 hours)
Receive a site assignment from CDMP or establish a new monitoring route near you (pending approval)
Visit your site 6 to 8 times between May to September, conducting a 1-2 hour survey on each field day (6 hours minimum)
Submit your field data online on PollardBase after concluding your monitoring sessions