Guelph Bug Day 2018

Arboretum Centre full of people, BioBus, cricket snacks, blue scorpion
Several members of BiRN were among the 50 undergraduate and graduate student volunteers who organized and ran the second annual Guelph Bug Day held on Sunday August 27, 2018. This free educational event seeks to help foster a fascination for insects, spiders, and the like, and to teach people how important bugs are in maintaining biodiverse and functional ecosystems.

Guelph Bug Day offers a full breadth of bug experiences, ranging from crafts and cricket snacks to guided hikes and educational booths, not to mention face-to-face interactions with insects from the University of Guelph, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, and BioBus collections.

Sarah Dolson, one of the main organizers who recently completed an M.Sc. on tropical beetles, had this to say of the event: “The University of Guelph has a really good entomology community - I was inspired to have the general population of Guelph also be interested in insects”

 The all-day event, now in its second year, attracted over 1000 community members of all ages to the University of Guelph’s Arboretum. Guelph’s Mayor Cam Guthrie, also made an appearance.

 To learn more about Guelph Bug Day, please visit find them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/guelphbugday/posts/?ref=page_internal and twitter @guelphbugday and check out CTV Kitchener’s news coverage https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1471710.