At PVAS’s March 10th Monthly Program, Ariel Firebaugh shared a wealth of information and interesting facts during her presentation on ‘Fireflies’.
Fireflies bring magic to our summer evenings, entertaining and bringing joy to all ages. We were eager to have Ariel enlighten and educate us about these amazing creatures. Ariel discussed the following topics (and more!) to the PVAS community on a ‘warm spring-like’ evening:
- How many firefly species are there?
- Why do fireflies flash?
- What do fireflies eat?
- Are firefly populations declining?
Ariel Firebaugh is the Director of Scientific Engagement at Blandy Experimental Farm, a UVA research facility and arboretum located near Winchester, VA. As part of her graduate studies in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UVA, she studied how landscape changes associated with urbanization might impact firefly communication and populations. She enjoys hiking with her opinionated schnauzer Jack.
You can watch her Zoom presentation from the comfort of your own home here.
Thank you again to those who could attend March’s Monthly Program. When you attend the live Zoom event, you have the opportunity to ask our guest speakers questions directly, mingle with other members, plus more added benefits! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to know when we announce the date for the next Monthly Program.