Two months ago, Firefly Watch Update brought you news of a firefly festival in Kelletville, Pennsylvania. Today I would like to call your attention to two more firefly happenings.
On Friday, July 11, Duke Farms in Hillsborough, New Jersey, will hold their second Firefly Festival. The festival includes a 1.5-mile trail of firefly activities. Last year’s festival was rained out, but 400 people still showed up on the rain date. This year, if the weather cooperates, they expect up to 1,500 visitors. Firefly programs are certainly becoming popular! For more information, visit dukefarms.org or contact Duke Farmsdirectly.
The 2014 International Firefly Symposium will take place in Gainesville, Florida, August 11 – 15. The Symposium brings together the leading firefly researchers from around the world to share their knowledge, but this event isn’t just for researchers! The Symposium’s website not only invites physiologists, ethologists, and systematists to attend, but also educators, artists, naturalists, and conservationists—in other words, anyone with an interest in fireflies is welcome. I will be at the Symposium to talk about Firefly Watch and all of the wonderful work our volunteers have done for the sake of fireflies. I’d love the opportunity to meet you, so if you will be attending, please stop by and say hello.