The Fireflies Conservation Project

The Fireflies Conservation Project: A contribution to environmental protection

Osato Laboratories Inc. produces the natural dietary supplement “Immun’Âge®.” The company is dedicated to helping people live better, healthier and more productive lives, and actively supports environmental causes and activities. The Fireflies Conservation Project is one of their contributions to environmental protection.

The goal of Osato Laboratory Inc. is to protect the water and biodiversity of the small brook running on the West side of our Labs. We have created an environment where fireflies can live and reproduce. The absence or presence of fireflies is a clear and useful indicator of water pollution. Since 2009 we have been cleaning the brook once a month and conducting a water quality inspection once a year.”

 

To better understand the importance of fireflies, please check  (firefly.org). Below is a short example of their site’s content.

Disappearing Fireflies (firefly.org)

“Many of us have cherished memories of spotting and catching fireflies during warm summer evenings. Unfortunately our kids may not grow up with the same firefly memories we had. That’s because fireflies are disappearing from marshes, fields, and forests all over the country. And if it continues, fireflies may fade forever, leaving our summer nights less magical.”

Why are Fireflies disappearing?

“Nobody knows for sure. But most researchers blame two main factors: development and light pollution.

Most species of fireflies thrive as larvae in rotting wood and forest litter at the margins of ponds and streams. And as they grow, they more or less stay where they were born. A few are found in more arid areas, but most are found in fields, forests and marshes. Their environment of choice is warm, humid and near standing water ( ponds, streams and rivers ).

The problem is that in America, our open fields and forests are being paved over, and our waterways are seeing more development and noisy boat traffic. As their habitat disappears under housing and commercial developments, firefly numbers dwindle. Logging, pollution and increased use of pesticides may also contribute to destroying firefly habitat and natural prey.

Human traffic is believed to disrupt firefly habitat as well. While scientific studies have only been done for the past few years, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence in areas that were once full of fireflies—and much of it goes back generations. Some areas once had so many fireflies that they profited from running firefly tours in marshes and forests—but since human traffic has increased, firefly populations have gone down.”