Firefly season has ended. In a few short months, volunteer citizen scientists (folks like us), recorded 11,800 fireflies on behalf of researchers. The data collected will help scientists better understand these critters and shed light on how nature and human actions impact their fate.
Through this program, FireFly Watch, citizens help scientists while learning a good deal about science in the process.
“Firefly researchers have been saying for years that a site like this is needed, but [until now] nobody has taken the time and effort to put one in place,” says Don Salvatore, director of FireFly Watch at the Boston Museum of Science.
It’s one of many so-call Citizen Science projects. Expect to see more popping up as researchers’ budgets are slashed and more of the DIY (do-it-yourself) population seizes the opportunity to make a difference in the world.