Online Workshops

Workshops are open to anyone interested in the Firefly Atlas and provide instruction on how to participate in the project, as well as an overview of firefly ecology and conservation.

Field Days

In addition to online workshops, we offer outdoor field days where participants can gain hands-on experience with firefly survey techniques and learn from project leaders in-person. Field days (and evenings) are a great way to get practice observing and recording firefly flash patterns, catching fireflies with aerial insect nets, photographing fireflies, identifying fireflies to genus or species, and collecting quality data for the Firefly Atlas.

Field days will take place at locations in priority regions that are within the known or suspected distribution of focal species. These regions include the southeast (southern Appalachian piedmont and Florida in particular), the Mid-Atlantic (in particular the Delmarva Peninsula), and the southwest (southern Arizona and mountains of west Texas).

Please attend a Firefly Atlas online workshop if you want to attend a field day. Field day attendance is limited in size and registration will be online after the online workshop.

Upcoming Events

Check back for soon for dates of 2023 workshops and field days! An online firefly identification course will be taught by Dr. Oliver Keller over three sessions from May 1-3 (1-4pm EST each day; will also be recorded), and we anticipate field days taking place in the following regions and months:

  • Florida- April
  • Indiana- June
  • Arizona- June and July
  • New Jersey- July
  • Texas- August


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