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Dragonflies and Damselflies: The Garden's Frequent Fliers

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Monday, March 11th, 2024
to (Central Time)
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S Cottage Ave, Normal, IL, 61761 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Note: This program will not be live-streamed or recorded.

Discover the fascinating and bizarre lives of these fliers--with plenty of group fun and lively interaction during the presentation. From their unusual life cycle of transformation, mystifying migratory habits, and their struggle for survival, there is plenty to discover and marvel about! Hear their cultural history, including some of the myths and superstitions that surround them. See close-up beautiful photography of some of our dragonflies in Illinois. Then discover how you can garden to attract these remarkable flying creatures.

Presenter Bio:

Cindy Crosby is the author, compiler or contributor to more than 20 books. Her most recent book is “Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Cultural, and Personal History” (Northwestern University Press, 2020). Her full-color book of photographs and essays is “Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit” with co-author Thomas Dean (2019). She is also the author of “The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction” (Northwestern University Press, 2017). Cindy earned her master’s degree in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is a Master Gardener, a steward for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum and at Nachusa Grasslands, a Nature Conservancy site with bison in Franklin Grove, IL.  When she's not out working in her garden, she speaks and teaches on natural history topics in the Chicago region. Cindy blogs each week at Tuesdays in the Tallgrass, and you can find her classes and events at

The following books authored by Cindy Crosby will be available for purchase at this program.  Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted forms of payment.

·    Chasing Dragonflies: A Natural, Personal, and Cultural History (Northwestern University Press) $25 (Sale price at event: $20).  

·    Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit (Ice Cube Press), $25 (Sale price at event: $20).

·     The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction (Northwestern University Press) $20.

·     By Willoway Brook (Paraclete Press) $17.99 (Sale price at event, $15)

·     Waiting for Morning (Baker Book House) $15 

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