Reporting Steps

Send Us Your Observations

  1. Log in to your Museum account, or, if you're a new user, sign up.
  2. Identify the habitat where you'll be observing fireflies. You'll only have to do this once. We'll ask for some details about lawn care, lighting, and proximity to water, so it may be helpful to print out a copy of this form (PDF) and bring with you as you note these characteristics of your habitat.
  3. Take a look at the submit my observations form. You'll be answering these questions after you observe your habitat for fireflies. You might want to try bringing a copy of this form (PDF) into the field, too.
  4. Try to set aside ten minutes, one evening a week, for firefly watching.
  5. After you have observed your habitat for the week, come back to this site, log in, and go to submit my observations to enter your data.
  6. As the weeks go by, your data will accumulate in my observation history. You can also view your observations on the map and see those of fellow volunteers.
  7. Keep an eye on your email inbox for periodic updates from our firefly experts.

We've made our full data set available online, and you're invited to interpret it.
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Observing fireflies is a great summer activity. Join our network of volunteers and track your sightings throughout the season.
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Pick a location, observe it weekly, and use our online tools to follow your progress.
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