June 27, 7:00 - 8:30pm (remote talk)
July 5, 8:30 - 9:30pm (in person walk) --rain date July 6
Fireflies from Lexington and Beyond: Their magic, mystery and conservation with Chris Cratsley.
One of the great parts about this time of year is looking for fireflies. Depending on where you live in Lexington, or in many places around the world, you may not even have to leave your own yard or neighborhood. The talk will provide an overview of local firefly species, their fascinating biology, questions we continue to explore, and how you can identify and monitor them in the field. Through the Mass. Audubon Society Firefly Watch Community Science Project, you can watch fireflies while also collecting data to help us conserve these beetles in all their amazing diversity. The conclusion of this talk will introduce conservation efforts and briefly discuss the process of entering observation data as part of the Firefly Watch project.
The evening firefly walk will start by the fire rings in Willard's Woods, indicated by the white arrow in the map below. Park in the lot off North Street. Bring a flashlight. Consider wearing long pants and sleeves.
Dr. Christopher Cratsley began researching fireflies as a doctoral student at Tufts University and has continued this research for over 20 years as a Professor of Biology at Fitchburg State University. Dr. Cratsley studies firefly flash signals and the interaction of fireflies and potential predators. He also collaborates with the Massachusetts Audubon Society on Firefly Watch focused on monitoring firefly populations in North America. Both through Firefly Watch, and as a science educator, Dr. Cratsley uses fireflies as an ambassador insect to educate the public about the natural world.
Presented in partnership with Cary Memorial Library. Co-sponsored by Lexington's Conservation Division.
Talk recording viewable here.
Walk registration link here.