$1000 Awarded to Sandra Hunt-von Arb in 2014
Dragonflies rely on a variety of clean freshwater habitats, which have been disappearing over the last several decades. Dragonflies are good indicators of aquatic ecosystem health, but have not been studied along the northern CA coast. Sandra Hunt-von Arb began a pilot project to train volunteer community members to “adopt” a local lake, pond, marsh or river and conduct weekly surveys of dragonfly emergence. The citizen-scientists enter data using a collection form on-line, which adds to the national Dragonfly Migration Project database.