Kathy Biggs has been a nature lover all her life. As a child she traipsed through the fields and hills around her homes in the Bay Area, enjoyed camping outings, collected insects, and tried unsuccessfully to catch birds by shaking salt on their tails. After she married she and her husband became birders, first joining Mt. Diablo Audubon and then after they moved, Madrone Audubon in Santa Rosa. But it was when she and Dave built their wildlife garden pond using mostly native plants in Sebastopol, that the dragonflies arrived and became her passion.
When she discovered that there were no guides available for the dragonflies, she began collecting her own data which, as an educator, she decided to first 'publish' on the Internet to share with others. The web site eventually evolved into her first book, Common Dragonflies of California, A Beginner's Pocket Guide.
Kathy worked as an educator in her hometown of Sebastopol, CA in the Gravenstein School district for 18 years before becoming an author/publisher/dragonfly/wildlife pond spokesperson. She and Dave enjoy excursions to many areas both to see the dragonflies and to teach people about them and about wildlife ponds.
Kathy's second book, Common Dragonflies of the Southwest, A Beginner's Pocket Guide was published in 2004. This book includes the common dragonflies and damselflies of the GREATER SW, inc. CA, NV, UT, CO, AZ and NM and not only includes more dragonfly species, but also expands the area where she and Dave can `teach' dragonflies. This book is now out of print.
In 2007, Kathy and Tim Manolis (author of Dragonflies and Damselflies of California, UCPress) corroborated and produced the first ever dragonfly coloring book: Dragonflies of North America, A Color and Learn Book with Activities. This book is also available on a CD.
In 2009, Kathy totally revised and updated the out-of-print Common Dragonflies of California, A Beginner's Pocket Guide. The new revised edition has more species, better photos, and all updated accounts. She has now sold over 15,000 of her Beginner's guide series books.
2015 found Kathy creating the first full-sized guide to the Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest, Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah. She also organized a Dragonfly Blitz in New Mexico which was attended by 35 people from all over the United States. She is so happy to see this passion of hers becoming main-stream! Even the hawk watch groups are now counting migrating dragonflies.
Learn more about the Dragonflies in CA at her CA Dragonfly website (http://www.sonic.net/dragonfly/)
or about Southwestern dragonflies at her SW Dragonfly website (http://southwestdragonflies.net/)
Learn more about her love of wildlife ponds (http://bigsnestpond.net/Pond/PLEASURE_OF.html) &/or pay a virtual visit to her wildlife pond (http://bigsnestpond.net/Pond/)
Learn more about dragonflies, Earth's very first fliers, at her CA Dragonfly website
Learn more about her love of wildlife ponds &/or visit their wildlife pond.