California was proud to host the 2003 Annual Meeting
of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas (DSA).
Commemorative DSA '03 shirt with image of Desert Spiketail
The group gathered informally on Thursday, June 19 at Granzella's and field trips began on Friday morning. Field trips were all day Friday and Saturday (see below) with meetings/presentations on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Sunday June 22, those who could attend the post-meeting trip left for Owens Valley.
Click on links to learn what was seen at these sites:
The Biggs brought 2 mini-vans which were available for transportation to field trip locations and used them at Bear Creek/Pope Creek the first day and at Chico area the 2nd.
1. Opportunities to collect and observe Pacific Odonata abound at Pope
and Bear Creek in the rugged coastal mountains of California!
Bear and Pope Creeks:
Bear Creek is west of Williams on Highway 20 (~20 min. drive) - leaders Kathy & Dave Biggs
Pope Creek/Cold Canyon is in the Lake Berryessa State Recreation Area - leader Andy Rehn
2. Retrace C.H. Kennedy's Steps!
Chico area: Cherry Hill/Upper Bidwell Park
These areas are north east of Williams and support a diverse western odonate fauna - leader Tim Manolis
3. Fouts Spring, Goat Mt. Rd:
leaderless side trip
4. Post trip: Owens Valley
leaders: Andy Rehn & Dennis Paulson
5. 'Mini-post trip':
a short trip to find Ischnura gemina (San Francisco Forktail) and Zoniagrion exclamationis Exclamation Damsel.
At least 11 county records were made during the DSA field trips and another 5 during the post-trip!
Granzella's Hotel in Williams was our main meeting place.
The evening meetings were held in their conference room.
Books about CA's Dragonflies (Odonata):
Link for the book: Dragonflies and Damselflies of California by Tim Manolis
Link for the book: Common Dragonflies of California by Kathy Biggs
Click here to go to a list of California species.
Click here to go to Kathy Biggs' California Odonata site with descriptions and photos of all species.
Click here for Ron Lyon's Odonata of California .
View who had signed up to come
Any questions or comments, or send your sightings from the meeting: contact