2:00 p.m. Sun. June 4 Hear about the Amazing Life of Dragonflies at Durand-Hedden

Dragonflies and Damselflies of New Jersey, June 4 from 2pm to 3:30 pm

A talk with Rutgers evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware

June 2017 – Calling all gardeners, wildlife watchers and the just plain curious! On Sunday, June 4 from 2pm to 3:30 pm at Durand-Hedden House & Garden, we’ll spend an afternoon with evolutionary biologist Dr. Jessica Ware of Rutgers Newark as she shares her knowledge about the amazing life history of one of her favorite subjects -- the dragonfly.

Have you noticed how dragonflies congregate around our ponds, lakes, rivers, and even birdbaths all summer. Ever fascinating, they are voracious predators as larvae in freshwater habitats and as adults where they consume flies and other insects. Dragonflies hunt their prey, mate and lay eggs in mid-air. They have eyes that wrap around their head, giving them great visibility. They can fly straight up, straight down, hover like helicopters and disappear in a blur. Here in New Jersey we have an abundance of dragonfly and damselfly species and Dr. Ware will tell us where to find them across the Garden State.

Dr. Ware is professor of evolutionary biology at Rutgers Newark and past president for the Systematics section of the Entomological Society of America and the current secretary for the World Dragonfly Association. 

Last chance to view the College Hill exhibit!

1:00 to 4:00 p.m. see the exhibit on the history of the College Hill neighborhood From Farm to Suburb: The Birth of College Hill. This popular exhibit closes in June.

Country Shopping

Also check out our Country Store’s historic-themed treasures: early American games, books, and toys; facsimile documents; quill pens and ink; historic cookbooks; cookie molds; tin lanterns; and reproductive decorative items and ceramics. You’ll also discover the hard-to-find original Doors of Maplewood poster, Smile: A Pictorial History of Olympic Park 1887-1965, and the new acid-free reproduction of the charming 1931 Map of Maplewood.

About Durand-Hedden House and Garden

Durand-Hedden House is dedicated to telling the social and natural history of the development of Maplewood and the surrounding area in new and engaging ways. It is located in Grasmere Park at 523 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood. For more information or to arrange group tours call 973-763-7712. You can also visit our website at durandhedden.org and find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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