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We love hearing from firefly fans, scientific researchers, members of the press, conservation organizations, and more. Get in touch with us regarding:

Speaking engagements. Our founder, Ben Pfeiffer, travels throughout Texas to educate volunteers, families, Master Naturalist chapters, and the general public regarding firefly conservation. See below for full list of future scheduled talks. If you’d like to request a speaking engagement, please get in touch.

Research inquiries. Ben’s research spans categorization of firefly taxa, water table decline, light pollution, and native plants that encourage fireflies. If you are a scientist with a research question or collaboration idea, let us know how we can help.

Press inquiries. Writing a story about fireflies? Ben has served as an expert source for numerous nationwide publications, including Texas Monthly, USA Today, Smithsonian, Farmers Almanac, Examiner.com, Washington Post, and many more.

Firefly questions. Tell us about your firefly sightings—this data helps us map the distribution of species. And if you have a firefly question we haven’t answered on this site, feel free to ask! We love answering questions.

Charitable donations. Please consider making a donation to Firefly.org. Your tax-exempt charitable donation funds our research, supports our speaking engagements, and keeps this website going. We thank you deeply for all your help.

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Speaking Schedule

Ben Pfeiffer will be speaking at the following events this coming year. More dates will be added as they are scheduled. Ben will be presenting his research on Texas firefly taxa, conducting research in the field for both firefly seasons (spring & fall for Texas), educating volunteers, TPWD staff, children, and Master Naturalist chapters. If you have the chance to see him at one of the presentations, please be sure to say hello before or after the presentation. All presentations open to the public unless noted.

Current Events

  • September 1, 2021 @ 6pm – Fireflies of Texas Zoom Presentation – Heartwood Chapter – Texas Master Naturalists
  • July 26, 2021 @ 6:45pm – Fireflies of Texas Zoom Presentation – Indian Trail Chapter – Texas Master Naturalists – Waxahachie, Texas.
  • February 16, 2021 @ 7pm – Firefly Zoom Talk – Where is Texas Now w/ Firefly Conservation? Discussion on Texas species and advice on protecting habitat.
  • June 18, 2020 @ 6pm – Firefly Talk @ 6pm with Firefly Cocktails for adults. Bring the kids! Followed by Firefly Walk & Advanced Field ID on Cibolo Creek. Meet at 6pm at Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX, hike to creek will begin 30min prior to dusk.

Archived Events

Interview on KGNB/KNBT 92.1 with John Rayborn – Common Sense Gardening – May 30, 2020. Ben discusses why fireflies are so fascinating, how they glow, and ways people can help them from declining. He also discusses how Gardeners specifically are some of their best allies. Fast forward to 10:30min to hear the interview in Part 1.

Past Events

  • May 2, 2020 @ 7pm – Cresent Bend Nature Park in Schertz, TX. Firefly talk at 7pm on the park grounds, followed by a firefly field ID on Cibolo Creek right afterward. Open to public, adults and children welcome. Bring a butterfly net if you have one and a chair.
  • April 28, 2020 @ 6:30pm – Native Plant Society of Texas – San Antonio. Talk will be about fireflies of Texas and native plants important to them. Open to Public. Location: Lions Field, 2809 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209. More information on their NPSOT website.
  • March 11, 2020 @ 6-8pm – Wimberley Village Library series called Attracting Wildlife to Your Backyard. Talk will be on Texas Fireflies & Attracting Fireflies to Your Land. Open to Public. Location: 400 FM 2325 Wimberley, TX 78676
  • Jan 27, 2020 @ 7-8pm – Fireflies of South & Central Texas – Guadalupe County Master Naturalists. AgriLife Building, 210 E Live Oak St, Seguin, TX 78155.
  • October 19, 2019 @ 1pmTexas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting in Rockwall, Texas. Speaking in Room: Bell Harbor C.
  • October 12, 2019 @ 10am – Wild Birds Unlimited in New Braunfels, next to HEB off Hwy 46 – Presenting on fireflies in the Edwards Plateau region of Texas.
  • October 6, 2019 @ 3-6pm – New Braunfels Science Fest – New Braunfels Farmers Market Ground. STEM education event for kids and adults.
  • July 15, 2019 @ 6:30pm – Gardening for Fireflies – Comal County Master Gardeners. Meet at GVTC Auditorium.
  • June 20, 2019 @ 7pm – Fireflies of Central Texas – Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne, TX. A firefly walk and field ID at center will follow directly afterward.
  • May 17, 2019 @ 7:30pm – Advanced Texas Firefly Field Identification & Survey. Guadalupe River State Park at Honey Creek. Meet at Rust House at 7:30. Call park headquarters to RSVP.
  • May 16, 2019 @ 6pm – “Central Texas Fireflies – Advanced Training” – Lindheimer Chapter Master Naturalist Meeting. Tye Preston Memorial Library.
  • March 23, 2019 @ 2:10pm – “Fireflies of Texas & Native Plant for Fireflies” – NPSOT Spring Symposium at Lady Bird Johnson Center. Main auditorium. Register for event at NPSOT.org or get location information at Wildflower.org
  • October 20, 2018 @ 2:15pm – NPSOT Annual Symposium – More info here: https://npsot.org/wp/symposium2018/
  • October 27, 2018 @ 2:15pm – Texas Master Naturalists Annual Meeting – More info here: https://txmn.org/2018-annual-meeting/
  • May 3, 2018 @ 7pm – Presenting on Central Texas Fireflies – River Chase Clubhouse @ River Chase Subdivision, New Braunfels, Texas
  • March 4, 2017 @ 2pm – Kerr Wildlife Management Center. Advanced training for TPWD Park Rangers & Volunteers working in Gillespie & Kerr Counties.
  • April 22, 2017 @ 9-3pm – Earth Day – Firefly educational table at Tye Preston Memorial Library, Canyon Lake, Texas. Open to the public all day.
  • April 25, 2017 @ 7pm – Texas Outdoor Womens Network
  • May 5-7, 2017 – Texas Pollinator Powwow – Speaker & Exhibitor – Fireflies of East Texas and other regions. See more here: TexasPollinatorPowwow.org
  • June 22, 2017 @ 7pm – Hays Co. Master Naturalists at Freeman Ranch, San Marcos, Texas
  • June 28, 2017 @ 7pm – Capital Area Master Naturalists (CAMN) at Austin Nature Center, Austin, Texas
  • September 9, 2017 @ 7pm – Native Plant Society of Texas, Wildscapes Workshop, Houston, Texas
  • July 25, 2016 @ 7pm – Austin Butterfly Forum. Fireflies of Texas – Glowing, Glowing, Gone.