On Friday, June 16, from 10:00 pm -11:00 pm, the public is invited to take a summer walk on the prairie to view the enchanted blinking lights of fireflies a.k.a. lightning bugs. Search for different colors, patterns, and behaviors. Examine a firefly and its lantern up close. Try your skill at imitating its flashing pattern. “Some people have noticed fewer fireflies than in the past. This walk is also a chance to find out why and what people are doing to learn more about these flashy, mysterious insects,” stated Molly Stoddard, educator at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Visitors will meet at the visitor center on the deck. After a brief introduction, they will take a walk and explore the prairie and wetlands for glowing fireflies. Both fireflies and mosquitoes live in damp places. Visitors should bring their own mosquito repellent and apply it at the parking lot before approaching the visitor center (due to allergies that some people have to DEET and other ingredients). Better yet, wear long sleeves and long pants and skip the spray since it repels fireflies as well. Other materials and flashlights with red acetate coverings will be provided. (Bringing or using other artificial lights is discouraged as they are more harmful to the night vision of fireflies and people.) This is a rain or shine event. A rain coat and rain pants are recommended instead of umbrellas for safety reasons due to travelling in the dark as a group. In the event of heavy rain, high winds, and/or lightning, everyone will meet inside for a presentation on fireflies (and hope the conditions improve in the meantime so we can go outside for a shortened period of time). This event is free and open to the public. All ages and abilities are welcome. Register by calling the PWLC visitor center at 218-998-4480. The visitor center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. It is closed Federal holidays. The Prairie Wetland Learning Center (PWLC) is comprised of 330 acres of wetlands and prairies and includes a visitor center with classrooms, exhibit hall, and dining area, plus four miles of trails and 28 wetlands. It is located on State Highway 210 East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94. For more information, call (218) 998-4480, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd or find the PWLC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrairieWetlands. The PWLC is part of the Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). The Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the over 568-million-acres, which encompasses over 560 National Wildlife Refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations. For more information, visit www.fws.gov.