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Cricket Crawl 2014 - Evening Census of Singing Insects - Baltimore Free Farm

One of the sweetest sounds of summer is the nighttime chirping and singing of crickets and katydids. But the songs could gently fall away from one year to another and we may hardly notice. As ubiquitous as that summer sound is, there is little information on how widespread the cricket population is and whether it’s increasing or decreasing.

Enter the “Cricket Crawl” – a sound census of the singing insects of the night: crickets and katydids. Every year people across the Eastern US learn the sounds of 8 crickets and katydids by listening to downloaded audio snippets. Then on August 22nd after dark we listen for one minute to see what species we can hear. The information is mapped live!

This year Baltimore Free Farm is hosting its very own Cricket Crawl 2014! Come to 3510 Ash St on August 22nd at 9pm to participate. You can learn the sounds of the 8 species we'll be listening for ahead of time at  or at

Cost: FREE!

Photo: Fork-tailed katydid - Scudderia furcata  - courtesy ofWil Hershberger

Nature Images and Sounds, LLC Hedgesville, WV The Songs of Insects

Enjoy the sounds of summer and make a difference!

Cricket Crawl 2014 is a collaborative partnership of the Natural History Society of Maryland, the Audubon Naturalist Society,, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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  • el d.

    9PM too late for me..

    July 31, 2014

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