Thursday, December 29, 2005

ENV: The Odonata Survey of Texas

John Abbott's new group The Odonata Survey of Texas now has an online presence and a new journal. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas is hot off the press today! Here's his note to the list-serves with all the details:

I would like to let everyone know that I have followed the lead of several other states and officially formed the Odonata Survey of Texas (OST). The primary goal of the OST is to solicit, catalog, and make available the most up-to-date and definitive information on the dragonflies and damselflies of Texas. I've included a more complete synopsis of the survey and its goals below.

The website contains a list of participants, available publications, and a Rare Odonate Alert for the state.

The first official publication of the survey is already in print. It is the Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata) of Texas, volume 1. It contains a complete up-to-date synopsis of the species known to occur in Texas with maps, county lists, seasonal graphs, and much more. It also includes a number of contributed articles specific to Texas Odonata. The table of contents is as follows:

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Collection Guidelines for the Odonata Survey of Texas, J.C. Abbott -- 1
The Dragonfly Society of the Americas Guidelines for Collecting -- 2
Specific Collecting & Preservation Instructions, J.C. Abbott -- 4
Guidelines for Field Notes & Data Recording, J.C. Abbott -- 6
OdonataCentral.com: A model for the Web-based Delivery of Natural History Information and
Citizen Science, J.C. Abbott & D. Broglie -- 8
Hornsby Bend -- It's Not Just Birds, G.W. Lasley -- 13
Turquoise-tipped Darner (Rhionaeschna psilus): Backyard Surprise, D. Hardy -- 16
The Odonata of Kerr County and the Guadalupe River System of Texas, T. Gallucci -- 18
History of Odonata Study in the South-central U.S., J.C. Abbott -- 23
Odonata Field Guides, Resources, Societies, & Suppliers -- 28
Life History & Morphology of Odonata, J.C. Abbott -- 30
Seasonality of Odonata in Texas, J.C. Abbott -- 37
Statistical Summary of Odonata in Texas -- 53
Abundance & Distribution of Texas Odonata, J.C. Abbott -- 54
Diversity of Texas Odonata by County -- 55
Checklist of Dragonflies & Damselflies of Texas, J.C. Abbott -- 56
Dragonflies & Damselflies of Texas Listed by County -- 59
Distribution Maps of Texas Odonata -- 94
Glossary of Terms Relating to Odonata, J.C. Abbott -- 317
Index Index to Maps -- 319

You can order this publication through Lulu.com for $30 plus shipping and handling. It will soon be available through other vendors like Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

I encourage anyone interested in Texas Odonata to register on the website. I would also encourage everyone else with an interest in Odonata to include their name in the OdonataCentral directory of Odonatologists.

The Odonata Survey of Texas

What is the Odonata Survey of Texas (OST)?
The OST, centered at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), includes a group of people with a shared interest in the study of the distribution, biology, behavior, and enjoyment of dragonflies and damselflies occurring in Texas. The purpose of the OST is to act as an official organization whose job it will be to encourage, solicit, and maintain the Texas database for dragonfly and damselfly distributional information. The OST is chaired by John C. Abbott of the University of Texas and Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

How to join the OST?
Membership is free and the OST is a volunteer organization. We need as many volunteers to assist in the documentation of the state fauna as possible. Primarily we are in need of field assistants; individuals who can assist in the discovery, collection, and otherwise documentation of species. We welcome collaborators from other institutions and agencies who are interested in sharing biological and environmental data, as well as specimens from sampling activities.

Goals of the OST
The primary goal of the OST is to solicit, catalog, and make available the most up-to-date and definitive information on the dragonflies and damselflies of Texas. Additional goals and priorities of the OST include:

1. Promotion of the study and appreciation of Odonata at various levels of understanding.

2. Survey the state of Texas as thoroughly as possible and practical to document the current status of all Odonata species occurring in the state.

3. Provide an organized clearinghouse for odonatological information pertaining to Texas.

4. Recognize and critically examine habitats where

species of limited distribution or threatened status are found.

5. Increase our knowledge of poorly known species.

6. Provide an internet-based source of information including, website, listserv, and printed materials.

7. Cooperate with agencies and groups where common goals are shared.

Contacts for Additional Information
Odonata Survey of Texas
c/o John C. Abbott, Ph.D.
Section of Integrative Biology
1 University Station #L7000
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712 USA

Official Website
Offical ListServ

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