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Join the Firefly Watch to help scientists collect important lightning bug data

Warm weather means fireflies should soon appear in our area. They’re amazing to watch, and for budding young scientists, they can be an opportunity to take part in a vast, nationwide study of the firefly population.

With the Museum of Science Firefly Watch, you and your kids can work as research scientists. And you don’t need any special training. If you can count lightning bugs, you can provide data that will help researchers evaluate how firefly populations are changing. It’s not a huge time commitment, either — just 10 minutes one evening a week during firefly season. You report your observations online, and you can see what data others have collected.

My kids and I participated last year, and it was easy and fun. Sign up now so you’ll be ready when the lightning bugs make their debut!

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