Schedule of 2017 CALIFORNIA DRAGONFLY and Wildlife Pond EVENTS
by Kathy &/or Dave Biggs; Tim Manolis; Sandra Hunt-von Arb and others
including the DSA annual meeting, and Dragonfly festivals from all around!
Events are free unless otherwise indicated.

Click on Blue Links to learn more!


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Programs are being added as plans get firmed up.

For the most part, any program offered last year will be offered at approximately the same time this year. 

Scroll down past the gray text to find current events.

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Wildlife Ponds and Bay Area Dragonflies 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017  1:00-2:00 pm

The Pinole Garden Club is hosting Kathy Biggs, who with her husband oversees two wildlife ponds that attract butterflies, dragonflies, birds and much more.

 She has written “Building Ponds for Wildlife” and several dragonfly guides which will be offered at a discounted price.

Her and her husband's photographs will be shown during the presentation.

 Alex Clark Room of the Public Safety Building,

880 Tennent Ave.



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California Dragonflies

Thursday, March 16, 2017  1:00-2:00 pm

The Redbud Audubon Society (Lake County, CA) welcomes Kathy and Dave Biggs as they share their passion for dragonflies. 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.

She is the author of California’s and also the Southwest’s first dragonfly guides and  an educational coloring book for kids “of all ages”


Refreshments: 7 pm

Announcements: 7:15 pm

Program: 7:30 pm

Methodist Church Social Hall,

16255 Second St, Lower


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Dragonflies of the Central Valley & Its Foothills


May 11 -- 7 p.m


Yosemite Area Audubon Society -- Oakhurst –

Tim Manolis will supply more details when he knows the exact meeting place.


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Those in black text below are confirmed.



Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:45-3:00
Godwit Days Spring Migration Festival

Event # SU77: Dragonflies Workshop at Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary
Classroom and Field Trip

Sandra Hunt von-Arb
Basic festival registration ($35), event is otherwise free.  Filling up fast.

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Monday, April 18, 7PM

Mendocino County’s Dazzling Dragonflies

Mendocino Audubon


@ the Caspar Community Center, 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar, CA 95420

Kathy & Dave Biggs will give a PowerPoint Presentation

More info to be posted as we get closer to the actual date. Contact Charlene McAlLister


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Saturday, April 23, 2016 12:30-4:30
Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival
Dragonflies of Five Brooks.

Classroom and Field Trip

Sandra Hunt von-Arb
Festival registration ($ TBA in late February) plus $35 trip fee.

Join dragonfly biologist Sandra Hunt-von Arb in exploring Five Brooks Pond in Point Reyes National Seashore for spring examples of our colorful and fascinating dragonflies and damselflies. If the day is warm, the group will see such wonderful creatures as the blue-eyed darner, pacific forktail, western pondhawk and the cardinal meadowhawk! Learn the difference between dragonflies and damselflies, where to go see them, and how to identify individual species. Find out why dragonflies are the Next Big Thing!! Easy walking. This program will begin with an indoor presentation on the area’s dragonflies.
Guide: Sandra Hunt-von Arb


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Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 a.m. to noon

Calaveras’s Dazzling Dragonflies Seminar

for Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA)

in Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Kathy & Dave Biggs will give a PowerPoint Presentation

Weather permitting, a short field trip will follow

More info to be posted as we get closer to the actual date. Contact Vida Kenk  or call Calaveras Big Trees Association at 795-1196 for more information.


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Saturday, May - 2016 info, to be updated

Field Trip along the American River Parkway

Tim Manolis

Sacramento Audubon

Folks can email Tim (ylightfoot at the week before to confirm the location, how and when to meet, etc.


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 Saturday, June 25, 2016  9:00am-3:30PM

        “Messengers of Summer: Sonoma County’s Dazzling Dragonflies”   

Laguna Foundation workshop with Kathy & Dave Biggs AND Kevin Munroe (the new Exec. Dir. and dragonfly enthusiast)

Morning indoor PowerPoint presentation and afternoon field trip to nearby ponds

Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd., 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

·         Minimum 10, maximum 20 participants

Contact Kathy Biggs

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Saturday & Sunday, July 9-10, 2016
Dragonflies of the Siskiyous, a 2-day class

Jim Johnson
Offered thru the Siskiyou Field Institute in Selma
, OR

Day One introduces students to the fascinating world of dragonflies: their biology, life cycles and identification.  An indoor classroom season in the morning is followed by an excursion to a nearby location to practice identifications and behavior observations.
Day Two introd
uces the unusual species. The late morning and afternoon will be spent visiting nearby high mountain lakes, streams and bogs;

This year you must (and will want to) sign up for both the introductory class (day 1) and the intermediate level class (day 2).
(541) 597-8530 ext. 309  - F
ind them on Facebook! THIS IS A FABULOUS PLACE!!
$55 (for either day); $100 if signed up for both days classes

Contact Kathleen Pyle

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July 16, 2016 a Saturday

Bear Creek, Colusa County Field trip

Sacramento Audubon, Tim Manolis leader

Please contact Tim via the email link above if you plan to attend to arrange meeting places, etc.


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June 2017

2017 Annual DSA (Dragonfly Society of the Americas) Meeting


Contact person Paul Bedell <pbedell at>


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August 19-21, 2016
Plumas Grebe Festival
Dragonflies and Damselflies of Plumas County

Sandra Hunt-von Arb
Classroom session on Friday and Field Trip to Willow Lake Saturday
Specific times, registration, and website TBA


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Dragonflies of the Central Valley & Its Foothills

Sept. 20 -- 7 p.m.


Central Sierra Audubon Society -- Sonora

Tim Manolis will supply more details when he knows the exact meeting place.


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September 10, 2016

15th Annual Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge Dragonfly Festival

Info to be updated. Here’s last year’s:

view 2015's Dragonfly Festival

All Activities are Free for the entire family!

The Dragonfly Festival at Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Roswell, NM is held annually on the Saturday after Labor Day which will be Sep 10, 2016. 

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October 13, 2016

6:30 – 7:30

Dragonflies of the Sacramento Valley and their Migration

Presented by Kathy & Dave Biggs

Tuleyome - Deep Home Place

Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library

315 East 14th Street, Davis, CA


Phone: 530-350-2599

Cell: 916-717-9411

On the web:


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November 9, 2016

Napa County Resource Conservation District

The Wild Dragonflies of Napa

Kathy & Dave Biggs

Contact Jemma Williams, Conservation Program Assistant

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Nov. 16, 2013
RedlandsSan Bernardino Museum, 7 PM
There Be Dragons
Ror beginning Ode-watchers but it might be fun for more
experienced folks, too. The speaker (David Bell) has developed an
identification app for odes, along with several popular apps for
birders. It's put on by the San Bernardino Audubon group.



 IF you know of an event not listed here, please let me know: Contact Kathy Biggs 

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All the programs listed are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. If you are interested in attending any of these programs and need more information, including location & directions, please contact the group giving the program, or email Kathy.

If you know of a dragonfly or wildlife pond related event not listed above,
please email Kathy to have it included here.