On Friday, June 27, the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a field trip to see these synchronous fireflies.
Synchronous fireflies were only recently discovered in Western New York and only come out after 10 p.m. Participants will meet at 9 p.m. at the center to travel in Audubon's van to a hot spot in Allegany State Park where thousands of synchronous fireflies have been seen in past years. These insects were once thought to be only in the Great Smoky Mountains, where tens of thousands of people make the trip to see them each year. They were discovered in Western New York for the first time only a few years ago.
Participants are reminded to wear warm, comfortable clothing, as even in June it may be chilly at night. Bring a flashlight, but be prepared to use it sparingly.
As a “bucket list” opportunity, the Jamestown Audubon Center and Sanctuary is offering a field trip to see “synchronous” fireflies — that is, newly discovered fireflies that all blink on and off at the same time. The trip on Friday, June 27, is to Allegany State Park. Pictured above is a photo taken after dark but has been lightened here to better see the fireflies.
Photo by Jeremy Martin
Return is planned for 11:30 p.m.
The trip will be led by Jeff Tome, senior naturalist at Audubon. Tome fell in love with fireflies while staying late at night at Audubon doing Frogwatch projects 10 years ago. He was amazed to find synchronous fireflies while camping last summer.
Participation is limited. Cost for the outing is $24, $18 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations with payment are required by Monday, June 23, by calling 569-2345, in person at the Nature Center or using the online form by clicking through "Bucket List: Synchronous Firefly Field Trip" at www.jamestownaudubon.org. There is a minimum participation requirement for this program.
Audubon education programs are paid for with support from the Carnahan Jackson Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Johnson Foundation, and Reg and Betty Lenna Fund of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, a quarter-mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The trails and eagle viewing are open daily from dawn till dusk.
For more information on this and all Audubon programs, call 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.