Learn all about moths at BRWC July 20

Learn all about moths at BRWC July 20

LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council celebrates National Moth Week with a Moth Mingle on Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m., at the Friends of the Blackstone River Environmental Center, 100 New River Road.

Learn about moths and other nocturnal insects with David Gregg, director of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey. They will set out special moth lights and fermented moth bait to attract moths and identify common species. Gregg will give a brief talk and discuss the various species of moths, as they are attracted to the baits.

There are more than 800 species of moths in Rhode Island. Moths are beautiful and important indicators of environmental health, a release states. Moth species are numerous where the plant community is diverse and healthy and where there is limited pesticide use. Moths (and their caterpillars) are important food for many species of birds so a healthy moth population helps bring birds of all types.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants should wear close-toed shoes and socks because of uneven terrain and plant growth. It is also recommended to wear long sleeves and pants or bring insect repellant for mosquitos and a flashlight.

Rhode Island Natural History Survey connects people knowledgeable about Rhode Island’s animals, plants, and natural systems with each other and with those who can use that knowledge for research, education, and conservation.

For more information, contact Judy Hadley at treelady@cox.net .