"Nature On Tap" Discussion Series

December 12, 2018

6:30–7:30 pm

$10 Members • $15 Nonmembers

Join us at Jack’s Abby Brewery (102 Clinton Street, Framingham, MA 01702) for food, locally-brewed beer, and thought-provoking discussions with various experts about their work in the natural world. 

Admission includes choice of one appetizer.

Swirling cluster of fireflies © Jonathan McElvery
Fireflies © Jonathan McElvery

December 12

Strangers in the Night: Has Light Pollution Led to Firefly Declines?

Avalon C.S. Owens, PhD candidate

Why do fireflies flash? Because they want to be seen! But their unique bioluminescent courtship signals can be obscured by street lamps, house lights, and other sources of nighttime light pollution—and if we’re not careful, our lights might extinguish theirs forever. Learn more about the total impact of light pollution on firefly reproduction, and some methods whereby fireflies, moths, and other essential members of the nocturnal ecosystem can continue to coexist with humans on this increasingly urbanized planet.

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Avalon C.S. Owens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Tufts University, where she studies the impact of light pollution on North American fireflies. Learn more >

This event series is hosted by Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary and Mass Audubon's Conservation Science department, and co-sponsored by Jack's Abby Brewing.

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