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Botanic Garden to Celebrate Dragonflies on July 20

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Festival highlights the importance and protection of aquatic insects.

Botanic Garden to Celebrate Dragonflies on July 20

A twelve-spotted skimmer at the Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond. Photo courtesy of Beth Nichols.

July 16, 2013

New Mexico has well over 100 species of dragonflies, and dozens of them can be seen at the Botanic Garden's annual Dragonfly Festival on July 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us to find out about this buzzing beast's life cycle, habitat, food and impact on humans. See wild dragonflies up close, make a craft or just hang out by the U.S.'s only Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond.

Visit discovery stations near the Dragonfly Sanctuary Pond to learn about a dragonfly's lifecycle, understand the difference between a dragonfly and damselfly, and more. Come hear guest speaker David Kilpatrick from the Rio Grande Nature Center talk about identifying different types of dragonflies and damselflies and learn techniques for photographing these insects. See how many dragonflies and other "bugs" you can spot in the stunning glass mosaic by Laura Robbins.

"Mid-summer is a great time to watch dragonflies," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "Dragonflies and damselflies are especially active now. These fascinating insects are very important because of the key role that they play in freshwater ecosystems."

The Dragonfly Festival is just one of the Summer Discovery Days at the BioPark this season. On select Saturdays and Sundays, visit the Zoo, Aquarium or Botanic Garden to learn more about the plants and animals on exhibit. Each day has a different theme, so you can keep on learning all summer long.

The Dragonfly Festival is included with regular Botanic Garden admission, which is 50% off on Saturday because it is also Half-Price Weekend. For more information, email [email protected] or dial 311 locally (505-768-2000).

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