Celebrate the eighth annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project founded in East Brunswick, at East Brunswick Community Park on Saturday, July 20, at 8:30 p.m. The park is located at 350 Dunham’s Corner Road, adjacent to Crystal Springs and Dallenbach Lake.
Sheets and lights will be placed in the woods to attract moths after dark. Kids are invited to arrive after 7:30 p.m. to help “paint” trees with a sweet mixture of fruit and beer that also will attract them.
This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (FriendsEBEC) and East Brunswick Township.
Participants should wear sturdy shoes and bring a camera and flashlight. Long sleeves and pants are recommended; bug spray is optional.
National Moth Week was founded by the FriendsEBEC in 2012 to increase knowledge and appreciation for the beauty and environmental importance of moths, often underappreciated in comparison to their butterfly cousins
It quickly grew into an international event now coordinated by volunteers from East Brunswick and other U.S. states as well as countries around the world. This year, National Moth Week takes place July 20-28.
To date, National Moth Week has been celebrated in all 50 states and over 80 countries on every inhabited continent. Events have included public and private moth nights and educational programs in National Parks, local parks and nature centers, libraries, museums, camps and community gardens in rural, suburban and urban areas.
Participants are invited to submit their moth photos for identification and documentation to National Moth Week partner sites found at nationalmothweek.org. The website also offers tips for watching moths in your backyard.
FriendsEBEC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental education and conservation. Its programs include Freecycling Days, Salamander Protection, Option Green Lecture series, the Community Garden and Plastic Free EB.
For more information, go to friendsebec.com.