|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|
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.
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||
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|
|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|
|Tags||boston, cambridge, fireflies, insects, lightning bugs, museum|
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