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Forest preserve program explores lives of fireflies

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By Bonnie Olszewski
DuPage Forest Preserve District

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites visitors to learn all about fireflies during a free evening program next month at the McKee Marsh in Blackwell Forest Preserve near Warrenville.

Participants will join a district naturalist to learn about the lives of DuPage County's luminous insects during the program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13. They'll find out how and why fireflies create summer evening lightshows, and they'll learn how to identify and replicate the signals of three species of these insects. A traditional American Indian story will round out this interpretive talk.

"Fireflies" is open to ages 6 and older, but participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors should bring lawn chairs and flashlights and should wear insect repellent. Registration is not required. Participants should meet at the McKee Marsh parking lot on the north side of Mack Road about one-quarter mile east of Route 59. For information, call (630) 206-9581.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County owns and manages 25,000 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Each year more than 4 million visitors enjoy 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs.

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