Target: National Wildlife Federation
Goal: Protect beautiful fireflies from extinction
Recent studies show that the firefly population is declining. Fireflies are most prevalent in the northeastern part of the United States in the months of July and August; however, there is evidence that their numbers are dwindling even in the time of the year when they are most prevalent. Something must be done to save this beautiful species from extinction.
Because these creatures are so beautiful, shining and glittering in the night, people love to catch them, which is one of several ways people like you and me are the biggest contributors to their decline. There are several ways that we can work to protect fireflies, first by poking holes in any container used to catch them, and releasing them within 24 hours. Refraining from trying to catch fireflies at all is even better for protecting the species.
Turning off outdoor lights at night is another important, yet lesser known, way of protecting fireflies. Research shows that fireflies often communicate through light, especially in finding a mate. Artificial light sources can interfere with their ability to communicate, possibly causing a decline in reproduction within the species. Leaving fallen logs, branches and leaves on the ground to decompose naturally also creates the ideal breeding ground for firefly larvae.
Providing a water source, such as a pond or bird bath, in your yard is another way to encourage fireflies to grow. They often live in swampy or marshy areas near standing water. Not using pesticides and fertilizers is another way to avoid killing these insects, in addition to going longer between lawn-mowing. Fireflies tend to stay close to the ground, so over-mowing your lawn can destroy these insects and their habitat. Planting pine trees also creates a preferred habitat for fireflies to live and mate.
Ask the National Wildlife Federation to inform the public of these simple, yet effective, ways to protect and encourage the firefly population in the United States. Request that they create a marketing initiative to spread the word about the firefly decline, and ways people can help to save this beautiful species from extinction.
Dear National Wildlife Federation,
Studies show the firefly population is declining in the U.S. Fireflies are beautiful creatures, inspiring humans in the way they light up the night during the warm summer months. However, humans are most likely largely responsible for their decline, making it imperative that we inform people about protecting fireflies. Please create a marketing initiative to spread the word about protecting the firefly species, and the simple, effective ways people can help to preserve the firefly population.
From refraining from catching fireflies in jars to turning off outdoor lighting, installing a bird bath or planting a pine tree, there are many ways people can facilitate the growth and preservation of fireflies in their own backyards. Use your place of authority and influence to campaign for fireflies to be saved from extinction, letting people know that their actions have a large impact on the species. You can change the future for this intriguing species—do something to save fireflies today!
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Art Farmer via Wikimedia