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The Mysterious Magicicada: GVC Member Appreciation

April 15 @ 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM

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You’re invited to our GVC Member Appreciation Speaker Series!

Periodical cicadas, Magicicada spp, remain a mystery to biologists. The public becomes aware of their existence only when vast numbers emerge from the ground synchronously, every 13 or 17 years.  While their presence is hard to ignore when they are out and about, what they are doing the rest of their lives and why they are doing it is only partially understood.  Emerging broods consist of more than one species and different broods are emerging in different regions of North American almost every year.  Dr. Jane Wolfson will be discussing periodical cicadas and their development, how they sing, their impact on wildlife and the threats they face.

The presentation will be approx. 30 minutes long and includes a Q&A session afterwards. Let us help you deepen your appreciation of Brood X when it appears in May.

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It’s not too late to become a 2021 GVC member. It’s easy!

  • Make a tax-deductible donation of any amount to GVC. You can donate online or send a check payable to: Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, P.O. Box 9733, Towson, MD 21284.
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 5 hours with GVC. Visit our online calendar of events for upcoming environmental stewardship opportunities.

About the presenter

Jane L. Wolfson, Ph.D., received her B.A. from Cornell University in English and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from SUNY Stony Brook.  Her interest in periodical cicadas began as a graduate student because one of her fellow graduate students, Chris Simon, who is now an acknowledged expert on periodical cicadas, was studying them. Jane is a Professor Emerita at Towson University and was the founding director of the Environmental Science and Studies at Towson.


April 15
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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MD United States