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Clemson needs your help counting fireflies

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Screen grabs of the Firefly Flash Counter App. (Source: Clemson University) Screen grabs of the Firefly Flash Counter App. (Source: Clemson University)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

While many may think of a census as an official count of persons, Clemson University scientists are taking a firefly census - and they need your help.

Researchers have been studying the impact of urban development on fireflies in South Carolina and are holding an official statewide count on Saturday, June 1.

"We need you, the citizen scientists, to participate and help with collecting the data," said biogeochemist Alex Chow, who is working with entomologist Juang-Horng "JC" Chong on Clemson's Vanishing Firefly Project.

The program is collecting data throughout several years from different habitats across South Carolina and other states to examine the population trend of the insect.

To participate in the count, people can go wherever they want and conduct a one-minute survey between 8:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on Saturday. Participants can conduct more than one count during the two-hour timeframe, but they're asked to conduct each one at a different location.

When counting the lightning bugs, participants are asked to keep track of the different types of flashes they see then submit the info using the custom designed Apple app or project's website.

The count is a part of a field day at Hobcaw Barony wildlife refuge in Georgetown on Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.

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