We will be camping June 22 to June 24 near Kelletville to observe and document a synchronous species of firefly, Photinus carolinus. Our camp will be just beyond the Kelletville bridge off of Rt 666 in the Allegheny National Forest. We will be at the intersection of FR 127 and FR 145 (Salmon Creek Road).
Link to Outing Location
Link to nearby campground with drive-in sites and bathrooms
Our general plan is to gather in the campsite at the intersection of FR 145 and FR 127 in Kelletville on Friday afternoon and set up our main camp there. We will keep the adjacent site, Camp #11, open if we can for quiet, no-light, observations from Dusk to 2AM. Early Friday eve we will share what we know so far about fireflies and discuss flash patterns for identifying different species. Friday night we will observe the fireflies in Kelletville.
On Saturday we will sleep in (since we will have been up until 1 or 2 am). We will try to get in the water somewhere during the day on Saturday, so bring things that float and a life vest. Saturday night we will be asking for volunteers to go to other places in the forest to look for synchronous displays (that means driving on forest roads after 11pm).
The fireflies are affected by bright light (like car headlights) so we want to try to minimize coming and going after dark. Blue light is apparently less disruptive to their eyes at night, and red is less disruptive to ours.
What to bring:
*Food (consider bringing things to share)
*Water and water filter
*Small flash light or pen light with red light, and blue light capability
*Chair(s) or things to sit on
*Floating things and life vests.
*Firefly Flash Chart
*Forest Map (not absolutely necessary but extremely helpful)--purchase at Forest Service office in Warren, PA, see link:
or Ranger Offices in Bradford, see link: http://www.communitywalk.com/location_info/1513360/9869070
or Ranger Offices Marienville , see link:
Sign Up For ANF Firefly Watch
For last year's report follow this link.