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Fireflie hovering above a hand

Watching fireflies has always been a fun activity enjoyed by children and adults during the summer. Their lights sparkled and twinkled in the dark and they communicated with each other through light signals. But lately, their numbers are dwindling.

Fireflies are seldom seen at the Trout Lake Nature Center but can be found in other areas of Florida. Are firefly populations growing or shrinking? What could be leading to changes in their population.

Little is known about fireflies and their life cycle but Firefly Watch if working to track the fate of these amazing insects. Help them learn about the geographic distribution and what environmental factors impact their abundance.

Anyone in North America can participate in the Firefly Watch Science Project. All you need to do is spend at least 10 minutes once a week observing fireflies in one location (your backyard or a nearby field). All firefly sightings or lack are valuable data.

Go to to learn more about how and what to observe, how to record data and submit your data. You can help learn more about why fireflies are disappearing and where they can be found. Photo credit:  Farmer's Almanac and other websites.

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