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 view the recorded training or attend a Firefly Atlas online workshop if you want to attend a field day.

Upcoming Events

We anticipate carrying out firefly field days in northwest Florida in April 2024, the South Carolina Piedmont in June 2024, and southern Arizona in summer 2024.

Past Events

An online firefly identification course was taught by Dr. Oliver Keller over three sessions from May 1-3, 2023. Recordings of the course modules are available on the Training Videos page.

  • Online Firefly Identification Course
    Monday, May 1st, 20231:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST Tuesday, May 2nd, 20231:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST Wednesday, May 3rd, 20231:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST The Xerces Society is offering a free, online course on identification of fireflies of the U.S. and Canada. This 3-day course will familiarize participants with North American firefly …

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