Learn about “Insect Songs Through the Seasons” at Walnut Creek Preserve

Published 12:23 pm Monday, June 3, 2024

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MILL SPRING—Conserving Carolina is inviting the public to a free lecture entitled “The Backyard Chorus,” presented by Timothy G. Forrest, Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, UNC Asheville. 

The lecture will take place on Saturday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve in Mill Spring. 

Why do insects make sounds?  How do they make sounds? What are the common sound-producing species in North Carolina and when are they most active? If you are curious about these questions, this is a presentation for you.

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Tim Forrest has been studying insect biology and behavior for over 40 years. This presentation will offer a brief introduction to the most common singing insects with special reference to those in North Carolina. The talk will discuss the function and mechanisms of sound production for crickets, katydids, and cicadas. Along with learning tidbits of natural history and the behavior of singing insects, you’ll hear the species-specific songs that help you identify them, and you will learn how the chorus in your backyard changes during the year.

This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at Walnut Creek Preserve.  Pre-registration is required. To register and for more information, visit Conserving Carolina’s website and “calendar” tab at conservingcarolina.org/calendar.

Walnut Creek Preserve is located at 179 Wood Thrush Lane in Mill Spring. Walnut Creek Preserve is private property, and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation, such as a planned event or scheduled group.

For more information about Walnut Creek Preserve, visit walnutcreekpreserve.com.    


Submitted by Pam Torlina