Fireworks and Symphonies: Conservation of Singing Insects & Lightning Bugs

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Sunday, November 19th, 2023
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Please join us for "Fireworks and Symphonies:Conservation of Singing Insects and Lightning Bugs" with Negin Almassi of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

Scientists can decipher the songs of insects and the flashes of lightning bugs using non-invasive methods of monitoring insects. What do these songs and light dances tell us? Learn about the ecology of singing insects such as crickets, katydids, and cicadas and about the ecology of lightning bugs, and what they tell us about our nocturnal environments. Almassi will also introduce some commonly heard and seen species of the region and outline conservation practices relevant to these insects.

Speaker Bio

Negin Almassi has worked for the Forest Preserves of Cook County for over a decade, first as a naturalist and now as the Resource Management Training Specialist. In this role she coordinates in-house trainings in support of FPCC staff, Conservation Corps, and partner organizations. Negin also monitors Odonates and bumble bees, curates an entomology collection at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, and leads trainings for the Singing Insect Monitoring Program (

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