Adeline Murthy was out in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains identifying frogs when she spotted a single glowing firefly floating by.

“My first reaction was like, ‘Oh look a firefly, how pretty,’ ” Murthy, Santa Fe County’s Open Space and Trails senior planner, said in a phone interview.

It wasn’t until her colleague Peggy Darr, who was out with her that night, told her that fireflies are a rare sight in New Mexico that Murthy realized she had stumbled upon something special.

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