Many birders are clamoring to learn about other things they see when birding, and prominent among these are dragonflies and damselflies, which together comprise the insect order Odonata. These raptors of the insect world are important in both terrestrial and aquatic food webs, and food for a number of bird species. The adults’ beautiful colors and easily observable habits have spawned an increasing interest among birders and other naturalists. In this workshop you’ll hear about how dragonflies and damselflies make their livings. You’ll learn intimate details of Odonate sex, including how an individual male best ensures that he is the father of the progeny of the female with which he mates. And you’ll find out answers to such questions as: Is it possible to breathe and poop via the same orifice? Can dragonflies prey on birds? And what is the killer lip? (We also offer a Butterfly Study Workshop in which you’ll learn about other beautiful and important insects.) This workshop is best when paired with the Butterflies, Dragonflies, Birds – Galveston Island State Park Field Trip where you’ll have an opportunity to identify these creatures in the field.