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Atlanta Firefly Project

A message from Kelly Ridenhour, PLA, ISA Certified Arborist® "Hello Oakland City Neighbors!

I am reaching out from the Odum School of Ecology. I am a graduate student (MS Conservation Ecology candidate) and an Atlanta resident. I am reaching out to NPUs and neighborhood organizations to seek your help! The Atlanta Firefly Project, the first of its kind, has put out a call for volunteers to participate in a community science opportunity in Atlanta this summer! The project is the Atlanta Firefly Project, a community science initiative that assists researchers in studying firefly conservation in Atlanta. I think this might be of interest to those in the Oakland City neighborhood and I would love to have reports from there! I have only had one report from the neighborhood and I would appreciate anything you can to do get the word out! Please feel forward to forward this to any appropriate parties, but I would be grateful if you can help share this volunteer opportunity on your networks such as social channels, forward the email to your staff, add to it your newsletter, and/or share it with friends, family, and neighbors. Also following @Atlantafireflyproject on Instagram is helpful! Any word that can be spread about this project will greatly contribute to its success. Below is a description of the project and included at the bottom of the email is some social copy drafted, along with a photo for your use, in case that's helpful. Let me know if you need any more information from me!

Project Description: This project is part of the data collection initiative at the Odum School of Ecology and anyone can help, right from their own home. Whether at an apartment, townhome, detached home, or wherever you call home, everyone’s observations are valuable! If you do not see any fireflies, the information is just as valuable to us as if you do see fireflies. Firefly species worldwide face threats such as habitat loss, artificial light at night, pesticide application, overcollection, water pollution, and climate change. This project’s data will help us understand the threat of habitat loss, artificial light at night, and land management practices on our common Eastern Firefly known as the Big Dipper (Photinus pyralis).

By getting involved in this project, your observations will directly influence firefly conservation research and you will have the option to attend a follow-up with a talk where we will present you the outcome of the work. Our goal is to provide individuals with the information needed to make informed decisions about the land we live on. This is a unique project with the hopes that many will contribute! Head to atlantafireflyproject.org for more information about this project and to access a all the training information and data submission form. Now you can also monitor at a Park near you! To monitor a park please email us at info@atlantafireflyproject.org with the park name and we will send you further instructions!


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