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Went on two hikes this week with students, Monday up to Dorothy Lake, off
the Money Creek Rd. Saw Bluets galore at the lake and one lone Blue eyed
Darner, lovely powder blue color. On Tuesday we went up to Lake Twenty-two
off the Mountain Loop highway. Again Bluets were common and saw several
four-spotted skimmers and one unidentified Darner, yellow stripes on thorax,
blue and black abdomen. It zigzagged all around us, but never perched. It
was a good lesson on how alert and fast dragonflies are as 4 students tried
really hard to catch it without success. It would zip up close to the net,
as if to tease us, then when a kid tried to swing on it, it would nimbly
just hop over the swinging net.

Rob Sandelin
South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek
Sky Valley Environments  <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm>
Field skills training for student naturalists
Floriferous@msn.com


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