Sonje Bols is an interpreter and naturalist with Ontario Parks, and coordinates the Discovery Drop-in program at a number of parks in Northeastern Ontario. She loves dragonflies: watching them, catching and identifying their species, and pretty much everything else about them.
As soon as it’s warm enough to be outside in a t-shirt and shorts, chances are you’ll find me out “odeing.”
Odeing? Is that a typo?
The root of the word – ode – is the short form many naturalists use for Odonate, the scientific family name for a group of insects made up of dragonflies and damselflies.
To go “odeing” is to venture outside to catch and identify these insects.