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Festival entices with ‘firecrackers’

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Biologist John Hudson of Juneau, Alaska, talks about the mating habits of the two live flame skimmer dragonflies, sometimes referred to as firecracker dragonflies, on Saturday during the two-day 2018 Dragonfly Festival at the Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Dragonfly tours continue today starting at 9 a.m., although reservations prior to the weekend were recommended. Hudson says he studies dragonflies as a hobby and is volunteering with the festival for his second year, having given presentations in local schools earlier during the week. Saturday events included wildlife lectures, wildlife and dragonfly tours, a butterfly release, fishing and archery areas, telescope viewing, and booths featuring art, photography and informational exhibits and material. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)