Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Synchronous fireflies ready to light up forest

Synchronous fireflies light up the forest in early June (Photo from Great Smoky Mountains Association website)
Although an annual visitor to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I only came to learn a couple years ago of an unusual event.

It usually takes place the first couple weeks of June at the Elkmont Campground which is about six miles from Gatlinburg, TN

Campers have a front row seat. Others who want to experience the event, can put their name into the hat, for the first time this year, through a lottery system.

It is the annual Synchronous Firefly display.

The fireflies, according to the recreation.gov. website are “one of only a few species in the world known to synchronize their flash patterns.”

The Elkmont campground fills us pretty fast early in the year for campers wishing to see the display.

The lottery, for others, begins this year because of the overwhelming response of people wanting to view the event.

Individuals can submit their names for the lottery drawing beginning Friday, April 29 until Monday, May 2.

It is recommended that those who want to enter the lottery to go to the www.recreation.gov website and search for “Firefly Event” and for more information.

Earlier this year I thought I was out of the running as far as being able to view the fireflies.

I guess this is one lottery that I am going to enter.

Next post: May 3, 2016

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