WORLD FIREFLY DAY

 
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July 7-8, 2018

Theme: “We’re tiny and bright, please don’t forget us!”

Click here to read a message from our chair, Dr. Sara Lewis!

Celebrating the wonder of fireflies may be common in some parts of the world, but many people never have the opportunity to experience these remarkable creatures, and even more people already have forgotten their childhood memories of watching fireflies flash back and forth in the dark. And so, the Fireflyers International Network has designated the first weekend of July as an annual World Firefly Day for people to remember, get to know, and celebrate the firefly.

Please mark your calendars for this annual event, and share it around! This year will be the inaugural World Firefly Day (WffD 2018), with events held around the world to celebrate firefly beauty, acknowledge their ecological and socio-economic importance, and highlight the many challenges that fireflies face today. In many parts of the world, fireflies are being threatened by habitat loss, light pollution, pesticides, and overharvesting. We hope that this annual event will be able to raise awareness about these tiny insects and spark interest in their conservation.

For information about how to set up an event, please take a look at our pamphlet.

PENNSYLVANIA FIREFLY FESTIVAL, USA
Allegheny National Forest, Kellettville, PA

Saturday, July 7: Fern Hollow Nature Center (8:00pm)
                        Gateway Lodge, Cook Forest (9:00pm)

6th ANNUAL FIREFLY WALK, USA
Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD

Friday, July 6: Cylburn Arboretum (7:45-9:00pm)
                     Firefly walk led by Dr. Abner Lall

GLOW-WORM TALK AND WALK, SPAIN
Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema, El Bosque (Cádiz)

Saturday, July 7: Jardín Botánico "El Castillejo" (20:00-23:00)
Read more about Spanish glow-worms: "¿Has visto una luciérnaga?"

GLOW-WORM WALK, UK
Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England

Saturday, July 7: Whiteleaf & Brush Hill (9:45-11:00pm)
Read more about UK glow-worms at The Young Darwinian

WORLD FIREFLY DAY, MALAYSIA
Kampung Kuantan Firefly Center
Kuala Selangor District, Selangor

Saturday, July 7: PAKAS Komuniti workshop (10:00-1:00pm)
                        Tree planting, river clean up (2:00-5:00pm)
                        Firefly play by Alami KAWA (6:00pm)
                        Raya dinner (7:00pm)
                        Firefly watching boat ride (8:00-10:30pm)

Sunday, July 8: PAKAS Komuniti workshop (10:00-1:00pm)
                      Closing speech by MNS (5:30pm)
                      Firefly watching boat ride (7:00-10:00pm)

WORLD FIREFLY DAY, THAILAND
Bang Namphueng Floating Market
Phra Pradaeng District, Samut Prakan Province

Saturday, July 7: Registration (9:00-10:00am)
                         Firefly seminar (10:00-12:00pm)
                         Firefly exhibition (12:00-4:00pm)
                         Firefly bike tour (7:00-9:00pm)

Sunday, July 8: Firefly exhibition (9:00am-4:00pm)