Enjoy a rare opportunity to experience the magic of the South’s most impressive population of synchronous “Snappy Sync” fireflies along Mississippi’s historic Natchez Trace Parkway in Ridgeland. The viewing event will be held at the Bill Waller Craft Center on May 15-17, 2020. Witnessing the beautiful display of thousands of twinkling fireflies flashing together among the pines and hardwoods inspires incredible awe for the simple wonders that surround us every day.
To allow for social-distancing, guests will be required to pre-register for a 20-minute viewing time. Only 10 guests will be allowed per viewing time. Please wear bug spray, bring a flashlight, and park at the park at the Bill Waller Craft Center. You will be directed to the check-in table for more information on how to spot Snappy Syncs!
Family friendly. No pets please. You must have a ticket to attend. Tickets available on Eventbrite. The event will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. each evening with six available time slots each evening.
Photuris frontalis, aka Snappy Syncs are only around for a sort period of time each year from late May to early June. These rare fireflies call Mississippi home, along with a few other places in the world. These fireflies, or you may call them lightning bugs, flash off and on in a synchronous pattern as part of their mating process. Males will flash for several seconds and then go dark, then the females respond in kind. This show lights up the ground, sparking and twinkling like a forest full of fairies or fallen stars – it’s a beautiful symphony of light.
Additional details about the Snappy Sync Viewing Event:
- Only allow 10 visitors at a time to access the Brashear’s Stand / Old Trace pull-off.
- Visitors will be required to register for a 20-minute time slot in advance to attend this event. There will be six available slots each evening.
- Each group of visitors will be charged $5 to reserve their spot. These funds will primarily be used to cover the time of the NPS ranger. Any funds in excess of this cost will be donated to the Craft Center.
- Parking will be at the Craft Center parking lot.
- Visitors will be guided down to the check-in station located at the entrance to the boardwalk from the Craft Center parking area.
- The Craft Center will also be open for restroom use.
- There will be three volunteers staffing the event at all times:
- 1) One will be located at the check in table at the entrance to the boardwalk.
- 2) One will be located in the Brashear’s Stand / Old Trace pull off area.
- 3) One will be located outside the Craft Center and will guide visitors down to the boardwalk area as they arrive.
- The check-in station will serve as the designated area for people to report at their designated time, apply bug spray, and pick up red cellophane and rubber bands to cover their flashlights.
- Hand sanitizer will also be available here.
- The volunteer at the check-in table will wear a mask.
- The station will be located at the entrance to the boardwalk from the Craft Center.
- People will be allowed to bring chairs and sit in the grassy areas of Brashear’s Creek.
- Visitors will be asked to practice social distancing at all times by maintaining 6 feet between individuals not from the same home.
- In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for a later date.