My Interest in Understanding the Ecology of Wildlife
I love outdoor activities because of the fun and adventure that I get from participating in various activities. Mostly, I love hiking and I also practice wildlife photography. However, during winter, I rarely participate in any outdoor activities. I’m not a fun of skiing or other activities which take place during winter. I usually stay indoors and mostly love watching geographical documentaries. This year during winter, I watched one documentary which featured the beauty of dragonflies and damselflies, and I was really fascinated by the creatures.
Therefore after a break in the dismal weather, it was time to go out and get first-hand information about the creatures. During spring, there are usually many dragonflies and damselflies and this is the best opportunity to watch and study them. It was long since I had gone out and I knew that the experience would be awesome.
An Outdoor Tour to watch various Species of Dragonflies
One a beautiful Saturday morning, I took my camera, a pair of binoculars and some personal effects and headed to Ditchford Lakes, which I had researched as one of the best places where I could watch the dragonflies and damselflies.
And true to my research, there were there in hundreds. I really enjoyed the view of the dragonflies and Red-eyed damselflies, many just newly emerged and others which were still emerging. Several of them were already with mature coloration. I also noticed a small population of others which I later came to learn are called Common Blue, Azure & Blue-tailed.
They were all amazing. I took several pictures of them. And I realized that there were different species of the creatures. I didn’t know most of them, although other visitors in the regions who had more knowledge helped me in identifying them. As I came to learn the names of the various species, my interest in dragonflies, damselflies and darters became more intense. I spent the entire day there.
The Need to Conserve and Protect Various Species of Dragonflies and their Habitats
When I went back home that evening, I knew that in order to get more knowledge about my new hobby, I needed to get in touch with a group of people who loved the creatures. This way, I would have an opportunity to be with them when they visited various places to see the creatures, and also I could learn more about them in seminars and workshops.
I searched for a local group and found one, although its members were quiet few. Nevertheless, still I had the chance to learn more about the anatomy, life-cycle and behavior of the various species of the creatures.
We made various visits to various places each weekend just to sight-see and learn. One particular member of the group seemed to have more information about dragonflies having worked at a volunteer in Suffolk Wildlife Trust. This was the lady who would later become my wife. She always saw my curiosity of learning more about dragonflies, and she was always ready to offer me any information about them. She was too well-versed with the different habitats that different species exist as well as the best times when we could visit different places to see them. Also in those places, she always knew the best spots where one would have the best views of the creatures.
We became closer a few months after we had met when she started working on a research projects in which she sought to address on various ways in which sustainable habitats of dragonflies would be created. The project which took several months of observations and studies as we visited various locations brought us closer to each other.
I too did study more biology and ecology of the various species of dragonflies, but the happiest moment is when we realized that we were attracted to each other and finally we fell in love. We finally got married, but that has never deterred our efforts in supporting various dragonflies’ conservation projects or going to various locations to see the creatures.