Northern Exposure

Postscript (Added 20 July 2017): During the 2017 Northeast gathering of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, we did indeed accomplish our major objective — to encounter the charismatic, the striped emeralds, dragonflies in the genus Somatochlora. In total, we found 10 Somatochlora species, affirming this region’s claim to the some of the highest Somatochlora diversity on the continent. You can download our final species list — 70 species in total — in the Resources section below. Next year, we hope to meet in June at the coastal plain of Massachusetts.

By the way, the Northeast chapter of the DSA runs NymphFest every now and then.

Northern Somatochlora (Striped Emeralds) and other boreal species are among our objectives for the 2017 regional meeting of the Northeast chapter of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas from July 13-16 in New Hampshire and Vermont. Our target species include Somatochlora albicincta (Ringed Emerald), S. cingulata (Lake Emerald) and S. incurvata (Incurvate Emerald). Reaching some of these species may require a bit of mountain climbing. But other lowland sites will offer opportunities for the Somatochlora, as well as  crowd-pleasers like Calopteryx amata (Superb Jewelwing) and Stylurus scudderi (Zebra Clubtail).

Our base for the meeting will be Lancaster, New Hampshire, at the foot of the White Mountains and not far from Vermont’s Green Mountains. Wherever we go, wetlands, ponds and rivers will be at our doorstep.

I want to:

Send an email to Bryan Pfeiffer and let him know the state in which you live. That’s it. You can pay at the door. The meeting fee is $25 for the weekend, $15 per day, and free for students. Your fee helps us bring you food and maps and other goodies.
We’re welcoming short presentations on research or relevant work. Contact Mike Blust about all this.
  • Bryan Pfeiffer – VT
  • Michael Blust – VT
  • Pam Hunt – NH
  • Linda “Stick” LaPan – NY
  • Josh Lincoln – VT
  • Wally Jenkins – VT
  • Kevin Hemeon – NY
  • Paul Guris – PA
  • Anita Guris – PA
  • Steven Daniel – NY
  • Mike Moore – DE
  • Larry Potter – NH
  • Ken Lebo – PA
  • Lane Loya – PA
  • Lisa Shannon – DC
  • Ted Mack – NY
  • Hal White – DE
  • Rick Cheicante – MD
  • Jim White – DE
  • Sue Gregoire – NY
  • John Gregoire – NY
  • Greg Sargeant – RI
  • Mike Hannisian – NH
  • Jason Forbes – MA
  • John Gillespie – MD
  • Cheryl Miller “Sherry Stone Miller” – MA
  • James Condon – MA
  • Nan Wilson – NY

Group Photo

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Primary Lodging

  • Lancaster Motor Inn — The motel is holding a block of only 20 rooms for us at a discounted rate of $69 per night plus tax. You must reserve your room before June 13. Call (603-788-4921) and tell them that you’re with the “DSA.” All rooms have a small fridge and a microwave, and the motel serves a continental breakfast. Lodging is somewhat limited in Lancaster.
  • We’ll add other (more expensive) lodging options soon.




Each morning will begin with a short meeting before field excursions. We’ll schedule two hours or so indoors for brief presentations. And we’ll most likely have a barbecue supper Friday or Saturday night.

Thursday evening, July 13

  • We’ll gather informally on Thursday evening, July 13, and then disperse for supper in Lancaster.

Friday, July 14

  • 8AM – Short morning meeting, then field excursions. More details to follow.
  • Brief presentations, time to be determined (based in part on weather)

Saturday, July 15

  • 8AM – Group photo, then field excursions. More details to follow.
  • 6PM – Picnic supper at Bretzfelder Memorial Park in Bethlehem, NH.

Sunday, July 16

  • 8AM – Short meeting at the motel, then field excursions. More details to follow.





  • Collecting Permit for Conte-Nulhegan
  • Collecting Permit for White Mountain National Forest




  • Collecting Permit for Conte-Nulhegan
  • Collecting Permit for White Mountain National Forest