There are several ways to help the conservation of odonates and the wetland habitats; document the odonate diversity and wetland resources in your neighbourhood, educate your neighbours about the importance of conserving them, participate and conduct studies, sponsoring or funding our activities are some among them.

Document and share

Nowadays, most of the scientific information is gathered through citizen science. Such information can be processed to produce various reports which will help to improve the quality of knowledge and decision-making.

In order to capture all the important features of a species, and to make identification as easy as possible, try to get at least two photos: one taken from directly above (dorsal view) and one from the side (lateral view). Taking closeups of head and anal appendages are good for difficult to identify species.

Please post your observations at Dragonflies of Kerala Facebook group with accompanying information (metadata) including location and date of observation. There are plenty of volunteers willing to help if the identity of the species is uncertain. This will help to improve your knowledge and boost your thirst to learn more!

Please post your well identified observations at Wikimedia Commons, India Biodiversity Portal or Odonata of India with a license to reuse. This will provide others with access to the data and enable their use for education, research, decision-making and other public-benefit purposes.