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Every 17 years, billions of buzzing cicadas emerge from their hiding spots under the ground and climb into trees, where they shed their outer shells and try to mate. One of the first scientists to observe and document the dramatic 17-year cicada cycle was Benjamin Banneker, a free Black man living in Maryland in the 1700s. Banneker recorded cicada patterns and behaviors for over 50 years, but until recently, has not been recognized for his work. Listen to learn more about the unsung naturalist Benjamin Banneker.
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