Kathy Biggs Biography
Kathy Biggs has been a nature lover all her life. When she built a wildlife pond in the backyard, dragonflies arrived and she found her true passion.
Wanting to share her passion, she developed websites for her wildlife ponds, California Dragonflies
and Southwest Dragonflies.
The websites matured and grew into Kathy's becoming the author of California’s first Dragonfly Guide, Common Dragonflies of California, the Southwest’s first dragonfly guide, Common Dragonflies of Southwest, a dragonfly color and learn book and her latest publication, Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest.
Kathy surveys for dragonflies in California and the greater southwest. She manages the Yahoo Groups CalOdes and SoWestOdes. She is a member of several other Odonate groups and she tracks flight data and distribution for California and the greater southwest. Kathy is a member and vetter for Odonata Central and the Western Odonata Facebook page. She has organized annual CalOdes Dragonfly Blitzes since the first one in 2005. She teaches a 2-day workshop for the Siskiyou Field Institute, and has taught other workshops and seminars for the Point Reyes Field Institute, the Laguna Foundation, Footloose Forays, Pepperwood Preserve, Salmon Festivals in Sacramento and Happy Camp and several state and national parks. She often presents and/or leads field trips on dragonflies and wildlife ponds at numerous Audubon Society and CNPS Chapters and Gardening clubs throughout the state.
Kathy has worked with the BLM in particular in protecting habitat for the rare Black Petaltail dragonfly and has discovered new breeding areas for the rarest dragonfly in North America: the San Francisco Forktail. She hopes she can inspire you to get to know the dragonflies and the wetlands that support them.