After 17 years in rehab, the cicadas are coming BACK! At some point this month, when the finally soil warms to a steady 64° F, the mysterious Magicicada Brood II cicadas will burst forth for the first time since 1996 in Long Island City. Billions and billions are expected to surface, mate, and die, and the fine folks at Radiolabwant you to help make sense of it all. So they’ve started this interactive cicada tracking map.
If/when you see a cicada, research scientist John Cooley and professor Chris Simon at the University of Connecticut Ecology & Evolutionary Biology are asking you to fill out a report form so they can compile a study tracking their reemergence.