The Odonata over the Oceans is a research project carried out by the University of Algarve, Portugal, since January 2017. Its main purpose is to collect data about Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) which are observed offshore, and that sometimes land on boats.
The generous contributions of fishermen, sailors, cruise tourists and wildlife observers (MMO - Marine Mammal Observers, PSO - Protected Species Observers, and others) are stored in a safe database, managed by the research institution, and displayed online on the project website. Annual reports are to be produced and shared with website visitors.
Odonata migration or dispersion movements have been known to entomologists for a long time. But, as available data remains sparse, the number of unanswered questions is significant. Due to particularities inherent to the data, implementing a research project such as this one is dependent on the generous contributions of people on board. After collections, the records can then be gathered in a singular database. Later, when the amount of data is sufficient, specialists will run a deep analysis which will enable advances in the knowledge and understanding in the Odonata migration or dispersion movements.
How to Participate
Send the following by email:
observation’s geographical coordinates
a few pictures of the observed specimen, if possible taken from different points of view
observation details (such as: the specimen integrated a group of odonates or was alone; the specimen landed and then died, or rested and continued his journey; other details...)
observer name (please, mention if you would like to be listed on the Data Contributors)