Migratory Dragonfly Partnership

Dragonfly migration is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world, but also one of the least-known. This is even more surprising when you consider that dragonfly migration occurs on every continent except Antarctica. To better understand and conserve North America’s dragonfly migration, dragonfly experts, nongovernmental programs, academic institutions, and federal agencies from the United States, Mexico, and Canada have formed the collaborative Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP). The MDP is combining research, citizen science, and education and outreach to better understand North America’s migrating dragonflies, and to promote conservation of the wetlands on which they rely. Read more about the partnership and project on the MDP website.
Common Green Darner by Walter Chadwick.

Common Green Darner by Walter Chadwick, MDP Citizen Scientist.

Take Action

The MDP needs your help to contribute to the study of dragonfly migration! Click below to learn more about participating in MDP citizen science projects and joining our network of dedicated volunteers across North America.

Dragonfly Pond Watch

Collect seasonal information at local ponds to increase our knowledge of the timing and location of dragonfly migration across North America. These investigations will expand our understanding of the local life histories of migrant and resident populations. Learn more.

Migration Monitoring

Contribute your migration observations to advance our understanding about the frequency and timing of migratory flights and the behaviors exhibited by dragonflies during their epic journey. Track the fall and spring movement of the five focal species and submit data. Learn more.

Backyard Ponds

Attract dragonflies and damselflies to your backyard! Environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. Building backyard ponds creates oases for dragonflies and damselflies as well as other wildlife, and provides critical aquatic resources in urban landscapes where huge acreages of wetlands have been lost or degraded. Learn more.


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MDP Observations Map

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Aquatic Conservation
Take Action!
Dragonfly Pond Watch

Contribute your local dragonfly sightings to this Migratory Dragonfly Partnership (MDP) citizen science project. Learn more.

Identification Guides
Field Guide for Migratory Dragonflies

Download the MDP field guide and view additional Xerces guides to identify stream and wetland invertebrates. Click here.