Metro Parks program studies central Ohio dragonflies

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We know Metro Parks are a great place to enjoy the outdoors. It's their mission to conserve open spaces.

But it’s also to encourage people to discover and experience nature. At Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, one experience is counting dragonflies.

Surveys are done to figure out the health of the waterways.

Their goal is to make sure our parks, waterways and the creatures that live in them are healthy and happy.

“If we come in one year and we find very few problems and we come in next year and we have a lot that's a good thing. It’s not so much the species, it's the numbers we are looking for,” Forest ecologist Andrew Boose said.

For visitors, the best places to see dragonflies are at the edges of ponds, creeks, wetlands and rivers.

You can see a big variety there- a green darner, a whitetail or a pondhawk dragonfly.

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