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Firefly Watch

Main Project Information
Presented By Museum of Science, Boston
Goal Help scientists track firefly populations.
Task Count male/female fireflies in your backyard, 15 mins/night.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

Firefly Watch combines an annual summer evening ritual with scientific research.

Boston's Museum of Science has teamed up with researchers from Tufts University and Fitchburg State College to track the fate of these amazing insects. With your help, we will monitor population numbers of fireflies and determine what might be affecting their numbers. Participating in this project is also a wonderful way to learn more about these most enchanting and fascinating creatures.

- Join a network of volunteers.
- Observe your own backyard.
- Track your progress online and interact with fellow Citizen Scientists.
- Help scientists track firefly populations in North America.
- No specific scientific training required.

It's easy to participate in Firefly Watch. Basically, we want to know if you have fireflies in your backyard (or in a nearby field if you don't have a backyard) and how their numbers are changing over time.

How to Join Click the "Request to join" button on this page to instantly notify the project leader of your interest!
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We hope that you'll be able to spend ten minutes checking your backyard for fireflies, one evening a week throughout the summer. However, we realize that you lead a busy life and may not be able to collect data every week. Any information you can send us is valuable, as long as you fill out the observations form, and upload the results to us.

For details see our page on How To Participate: http://www.mos.org/fireflywatch/how_to_participate

Project Timing Firefly season
Website https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At night, At home
Training Materials https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/how_to_participate
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags boston, cambridge, fireflies, insects, lightning bugs, museum
Project Updated 01/19/2017