One Of The Great Bioindicators: The Dragonfly
Author: Maria Votsis
Nothing beats rowing in a canoe and hearing the slight buzzing of dragonflies in the distance catching mosquitoes. The best ally against biting predators are not only beautiful to watch, but clever to observe because of their swift approach towards prey mid-flight. The province of Alberta is made up of 21% wetlands, a perfect ecosystem where dragonflies thrive and can be found in. Urban sprawl has decreased the amount of wetland coverage in Alberta and conservation efforts will be needed to improve the state of this ecosystem. Dragonflies are inspiring and often welcomed around people due to their ability to decrease mosquito populations.