Volunteer nature enthusiasts can greatly help to monitor the abundance of dragonflies and damselflies, iconic freshwater sentinels and one of the few nonpollinator insect groups appreciated by the public and amenable to citizen science," the scientists wrote in a paper published in the journal BioScience. Researchers propose modeling the volunteer network on a similar collection of projects, organizations and individuals dedicated to butterflies. "The network has improved knowledge of not only butterfly geographical distributions but also their relative population sizes across years and the effects of large-scale environmental change," researchers wrote.#citizenscience #science #floraandfauna https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/09/200916131036.htm