The WDA is a worldwide community of nature lovers, citizen scientists, students, academics and professionals who support research and conservation of the dragonflies and damselflies and their habitats. These fascinating insects are found everywhere in the world, except in the Antarctic, from forests to deserts. Since their life history is intimately tied with water, they are important indicators of water quality and global climate change. Both larvae and adults are predators of a variety of insects such as mosquitoes and flies and thus play an important role in the prevention of vector borne diseases. In addition, their ancient lineage and ecological diversity, as well as their superb vision and flight capabilities, make them important subjects of scientific study.
The WDA disseminates information on dragonflies and damselflies through its two publications: the International Journal of Odonatology, a peer-reviewed journal that presents the latest research from across the world, in print and on-line, and Agrion, our bi-yearly online newsletter with association information as well as reports and observations from around the world (and great photographs!).
The WDA also sponsors the International Congress of Odonatology (ICO), a unique event that brings together researchers, citizen scientists, students and professionals, from all parts of the world, for 5 days of fellowship, presentations and field trips, in an unparalleled opportunity to learn and to develop research and social relationships. The WDA provides financial support to a WDA student member to attend the ICO through the Richard Rowe Congress Grant. The WDA also supports research and conservation initiatives worldwide through the Philip Corbet Conservation and Research Grant.
We invite those interested in dragonflies and damselflies to sign up for membership: reduced fees are available for students, for those who do not wish to receive the journal, or for those from developing nations. Sponsored Memberships are also available to those who are unable to afford a subscription.
We welcome you to join us and to browse our site for information on all things odonatological!
Nancy van der Poorten
President 2017 – 2019
email: nmgvdp [at] netscape.net