Winged Jewels Land at Museum

Dragonfly program set for July 16

On Saturday, July 16, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall will present its popular annual “Dazzling Dragonflies” program at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at its Outdoor Discovery Center on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road. Environmental educators will discuss dragonfly anatomy, behavior, identification and what makes them unique.

A widow skimmer dragonfly (Photo by Pam Golben)

A widow skimmer dragonfly (Photo by Pam Golben)

“Adult dragonflies are sometimes referred to as ‘mosquito hawks’ because they catch and eat up to 300 mosquitoes and other small insects daily,” said educator Sasha Boucher. “Dragonflies use their spiny legs to scoop up mosquitoes right out of the air; they even eat the mosquitoes while in flight.” After the presentation, participants will be invited to guided walk through the fields to collect, identify and release some of the winged jewels.

Admission to the museum is $8 for adults ($6 for members) and $6 for children ($4 for members). For more information visit hhnm.org or call 845-534-5506, ext. 204.

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