12th annual BugFest is an educational celebration of the insects around us
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Cody Hefner (513) 287-7054, firstname.lastname@example.org
CINCINNATI – Bugs. Some creep, others crawl, some even fly. With over one million separate species, they represent more than half of all known living organisms and can be found in almost every environment on earth. They benefit humans in several ways and are vital to the environment. Yet so many people are afraid of them. At Cincinnati Museum Center, however, we’re celebrating them at BugFest with a day of activities and programming that will not only educate you about insects but leave you fascinated with these amazing creatures. Celebrate the 12th annual BugFest on Saturday, June 6 at Cincinnati Museum Center.
Learn more about the bugs that share the world around us and the important roles they play in our ecosystem. Join experts from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and University of Cincinnati Department of Biological Sciences as they showcase some of the world’s most amazing insects, including those used in criminal investigations. Museum Center’s own experts will let you meet and even hold insects, including Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Pick your favorite cockroach and cheer it on as it races other cockroaches to the finish line in the Museum of Natural History & Science. Visit the Buckeye United Fly Fishers program for a crash course in fly fishing using real equipment.
Experts will also educate you on the insects and bugs that pester us. The Cincinnati Health Department will use live specimens to provide information on mosquitoes and bed bugs and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will have a display of non-native invasive insects that are causing a nuisance and how the Ohio Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program is working to solve the problem. Museum Center experts will also show how bats provide natural pest control by feeding on insects and regulating insect populations.
All that learning is sure to make you hungry so stop by the Bug Bistro between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to sample delicious brownies, chili and more, all with a common ingredient: bugs! Commonly eaten all over the world, bugs can provide an excellent source of protein and calories in a variety of forms. Snack on grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms or dip them in chocolate if you’re a little less adventurous. You can also meet Laura D’Asaro, the co-founder of Six Foods, a company that is showing the country that insects are healthy, delicious and sustainable by introducing Chirps, tortilla chips made from cricket flour.
Insects are all around us and are critical to a healthy environment. Join experts from Cincinnati Museum Center and beyond to learn more about the bugs that share the dirt and fly in the skies around us. Additional programming will be provided by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Meddling with Nature, Usbourne Books & More, Cincinnati Parks, U.S. Department of Energy, Great Parks of Hamilton County, Grubco, Ohio Virtual Academy and the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.
BugFest is included with admission to the Museum of Natural History & Science and is free to Cincinnati Museum Center Members. Join us Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit www.cincymuseum.org/events/bugfest.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.