Sumary of In the Great Smoky Mountains, fireflies have become a source of tourism —and solace:
- I’ve been in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for less than an hour when I’m mistaken for a woodland fairy.
- The firefly event in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles this section of Tennessee and my home state of North Carolina, draws seekers from across the continent.
- Years ago, the National Park Service instituted a lottery for people to secure passes, since the species’ growing popularity raised concerns about conservation.
- According to the International Dark-Sky Association, 99 percent of people in the United States don’t have access to natural night anymore, the blinking sun-and-moon patterns with which we evolved.
- Internationally, artificial light pollution is growing at a rate of 2 percent a year with no signs of slowing.
- Firefly habitat is so specific, so mercurial, that it’s possible to see a great show from one section of the trail while another remains relatively dark.