Antoine van der Heijden (1976) became involved with study of dragonflies and damselflies through a dragonfly project by the Nederlandse Jeugdbond voor Natuurstudie (NJN), mid 1990’s. This project kindled a fascination for these spectacular insects that never faded away.
In 1996, Antoine created a website about the European dragonfly species, which he maintained until 2005. By then, the quality of pictures made by digital cameras had surpassed that of scanned slide films. The website was taken offline and an effort was made to re-photograph as many species as possible, with digital SLR cameras. Feeling the collection was complete enough to share with anyone interested, a new site was finally made and launched in spring of 2019.
- Conservation and protection
- Distribution of species
- Recognition of species
- Ecology and behaviour
- Chairman of the Dutch dragonfly society NVL (from 2016)
- Validation of observation data at waarneming.nl and observation.org
- Presentations, guided field trips
Some publications (co)authored by Antoine van der Heijden can be found on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Antoine-Van-Der-Heijden
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