TRNWR: Moth Night Out growing annually in participation

Attendees of Moth Night Out at the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge gather around a collection of moth-covered sheets on Saturday, July 27.

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge hosted its Sixth Annual Moth Night event on Saturday, July 27. More than 50 people were in attendance, well above any previous year, according to Refuge Manager Stuart Marcus.

“Who knew that so many people would have an interest in listening to a 30-minute PowerPoint Presentation and then go out back of the Refuge office to view more than 50 species of moths (and many other bugs) on the lighted sheets?” Marcus said.

With the exception of 2-3 people, all of those in attendance this year were new to the Moth Night Out event.

“Many folks were amazed at the variety they were seeing and snapping photos like crazy,” Marcus said. “It was nice to see kids asking more questions that the adults.”

The Moth Night Out event is held in July every year as part of National Moth Week events occurring across the country.

National Moth Week provides a much-needed spotlight on moths and their ecological importance as well as their incredible biodiversity.  National Moth Week offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. 

Numerous organizations around the world have partnered with National Moth Week and are supporting the event.  Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, National Moth Week participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

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