Singing Insect Walk
Singing Insect Walk
Friday, July 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trip Leader: Wil Hershberger
Registration is required and will be limited to 14 participants, ages 14 years and older. Please register below.
PMVN Continuing Education Eligible
Join Wil Hershberger, local insect expert, for an evening insect walk at Cool Spring Preserve. Listen and learn about all the various insects we hear in the summer and early fall months.
Mr. Hershberger is co-author of “The Songs of Insects”, a book and audio CD published by Houghton-Mifflin Company. He is also the instructor of our very popular Birding 101 class. Mr. Hershberger has been photographing and recording the natural world for more than a decade and his work has been published in magazines, calendars, and books. His recordings of birds, frogs and insects are archived at the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. His website can be found at natureimagesandsounds.com.
The walking group will assemble at 7:45 p.m. at the parking lot of Cool Spring Preserve, the walk will start at 8 p.m.
From the parking lot, Mr. Hershberger will lead an exploration along the trails of Cool Spring Preserve, passing through meadow, woodland and marsh. Insects likely to be encountered include tree crickets, several species of meadow katydids, one or two species of round-winged katydids, northern true katydids, oblong-wing katydids, and perhaps some bush katydids. In 2017, this very walk found the first documented occurrence of Long-spurred Meadow Katydid in Jefferson Co., WV. Hopefully, we will see them again, and who knows what else may be found.
Those who wish to participate should bring a flashlight and be prepared (if you choose) to walk through high grass, weeds and marsh. Tucking pants legs into socks and spraying them with a DEET-based insect repellent is recommended.
The walk will not take place if it is raining. All fees are nonrefundable.
Please contact Krista Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cool Spring Preserve Nature Center at 681-252–1387 with any questions you may have.