Cricket Crawl - Evening Sound Census of Singing Insects - Herring Run Park

Listen for insects in Herring Run Park with Park Steward Sam Lippincott.

On this night fellow Citizen Scientists from across the Baltimore/DC area will participate in 2013 Cricket Crawl, an evening sound census of the late summer crickets and katydids.  The observations from the evening will help us understand these insects better. 

If you’ve ever listened to crickets singing on a summer night, then you’re qualified to participate in Cricket Crawl 2013.                       

RSVP here, and call Sam if you plan to attend: [masked]

 

Directions: The address to the park entrance is 4100 Harford Road, 21214. If you are headed south on Harford Road, toward the city: make a right after the light at Argonne and Harford Road. If you are headed north on Harford Road, toward Parkville, it's a left before the light at Argonne and Harford Road.

Meetup: Once you have turned into the park, continue down the road until you see a comfort station on your left. Park nearby and we will all meet up there at 7:45, leaving for the crawl at 8:00. Feel free to bring flashlights, headlamps, refreshments, night vision goggles, etc., etc.

Sam Lippincott works for the Department of Recreation and Parks in Baltimore City.  He graduated from Towson University, with a degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology.

He absolutely loves animals of all shapes and sizes, except mosquitoes, and he's very passionate about working with them for a living and learning as much as possible about them without harming them in the process.

He is the park steward at Hall Springs, Herring Run. His duties include pruning, trash removal, trail maintenance, some environmental education, fishing activities on Sundays, keeping bathrooms clean for the weekends, and general park maintenance.

If you want to participate in the Cricket Crawl in your own backyard, neighborhood, or park, just follow the steps below:

 1.  Go outside: Walk outside—in the city, your backyard, or at a local park—between 8:15 pm and midnight on August 23rd.  Bring along your family, friends and neighbors—the more the merrier!  Make note of your general location (street address, intersection, latitude/longitude). 

2.  Listen:  Once you’ve picked a location, listen for one minute.

3.  Identify: Did you hear one of our 8 target species? Each one has a unique call.  You can learn the calls by going to our website (http://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC) or attending a “Songs of Insects” walk (www.meetup.com/marylandnature) prior to the event. You only need to write down which species you heard; you don’t need to count how many you think are out there.

4.  Contact us:  Send in your results immediately by calling:[masked] and leaving a voice message. You can text your observations:[masked]-7732. You can email your results, photos, sound files, etc.: [masked].  Or send us a tweet: @speciesobs 

5.  Include this information:  Your name; the location of your count (be specific: address or nearest intersection); list of species you detected; start time of the Count; a story or observation that you think people might like to know about.

6.  Visit our website to see the data as it’s mapped in real time as you do your count.  We hope to have the results go live during the night:

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/CricketCrawlDCBaltimore and

http://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC/

Enjoy the sounds of summer and make a difference!

Visit our website (http://www.discoverlife.org/cricket/DC/) for details and to see the data as it’s mapped in real time as you do your count.  We hope to have the results go live during the night. 

Cricket Crawl 2013 is a collaborative partnership of the Natural History Society of Maryland, the Audubon Naturalist Society, DiscoverLife.org, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Photographs courtesy of Wil Hershberger and Lang Elliott.

(Fork-tailed katydid - Scudderia furcata) 

Photo courtesy of  Wil Hershberger Nature Images and Sounds, LLC

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  • Theresa

    Great, I love the "woods" at night and having a guide, good company and the chance to id crickets... awsome!

    August 24, 2013

  • Kaitlin M.

    Yay Sam!

    July 26, 2013

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