A dragonfly field trip is planned for this Saturday, July 7, in Anacortes – weather permitting. The trip starts at Smiley's Bottom at 11:00 a.m., and will wrap up by about 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Here are directions to Smiley's Bottom:
1. Enter Anacortes at the traffic circle and go North on Commercial Avenue.
2. Turn left at 12th Street (Safeway).
3. Turn left at G Street.
4. Go one block South to the parking lot at the baseball fields.
After dragonflying at Smiley's Bottom, we'll take a brief break there for lunch. Then we'll proceed to Cranberry Lake in Anacortes. Below is a map showing the route to both Smiley's Bottom and Cranberry Lake.
Note that the ground may be a bit soggy at Smiley's Bottom, it is "bottom land" after all, but it probably won't be muddy. The footing is fine at Cranberry Lake.
Bring binoculars, spotting scope, and a camera if you like. There should be lots of opportunities to look at and photograph perched dragonflies.
Here's a list of the species we're likely to encounter on our trip:
A later blog will give pictures and field marks for these species.