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Letter: Efforts made for dragonflies seem misdirected

Published: Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The Hines Emerald Dragonfly has been described as the canary in the coal mine for the health of the Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

Well, canaries don’t live in coal mines as dragonflies don’t spend their time in prairies like buffalo roaming the range.

But almost their entire life, years, are spent in ponds as a larva and emerge for a few days or a week to fly around. If you look in the right place, you will find many more dragonflies, perhaps the Des Plaines River or the canal.

So removing telephone poles from the nature preserve to improve habitat is meaningless.

It’s like saying we need to improve the prairie nature preserve for fish. So just buy a tiffany style lampshade if you want to really observe and preserve dragonflies.

Jacques Cousteau, where are you? We need your help.

Thomas Cechner


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