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2021 Bug Fair Connected

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Time flies! It’s been 35 years since the first Bug Fair, and we want to celebrate bug, errr big, errr both!

This May we’re taking you on a virtual trip around the world. We’ll share local stories from our own L.A. backyard, show off the most unique specimens in our collection, highlight entomologists from all over the globe and more. All aboard for a bugtastic weekend you won’t want to miss!

#BugFair #NHMLA

Donate today and ensure that beloved programs like Bug Fair can continue to introduce future scientists to the weird and wonderful world of insects.

Schedule of Live Events

9AM

A Ponding We Will Go!
30-40min | All ages


10AM

Sing Move Play!
30min | Pre K-Grade 1


11AM

Eating Bugs 101!
30min | For all ages


12PM

Instagram Live with Invertebrate Paleontology
20min | For all ages


2PM

Inside the Insect Collection
45min | All ages


4PM

Encouraging Diversity in Entomology
60min | Adults and bug enthusiasts


6PM

Family Trivia Night: Time to Buzz in!
Members only | Email members@nhm.org to RSVP


Live Event Details

9AM

A Ponding We Will Go!
30-40min | All ages

Watch our Museum Educators demonstrate the best practices for ponding and see what little critters live below the water in our Nature Gardens pond!


10AM

Sing Move Play!
30min | Pre K-Grade 1

Come sing, move, and play with NHMLAC! As a special treat for Bug Fair weekend, we’re sharing our Members-only program, Sing Move Play!, with all of you! Join us to learn original songs and movement with NHM's very own Performing Artists! We hope you can come play with us! 

We want to see how you are all singing, moving and playing at home–tag us on Instagram @NHMLA with #SingMovePlay! Become a Member today to have access to all Member-exclusive programs! 


11AM

Eating Bugs 101!
30min | For all ages

Enter the alternative world of critter cuisine with your hosts Aly Moore (of Bugible) and Dustin Growick (of Dino 101) in a bugtastic livestream experience. This educational and interactive show explores entomophagy (the practice of eating bugs), how culture and critters intersect, and concludes with a live taste test!

How can I make cookies with crickets? What does a grasshopper taste like? Why do ants have a zesty lemon flavor? Bring all your questions to the table as we dive in together. 

Bugible has a mission: To open minds and mouths to a healthier, yummier, more diverse future. Bugs aren’t the only solution to our global food challenges, but they’re a BIG part of it. And they’re certainly a provocative way to steer the conversation back to the facts: what we eat impacts our bodies and the environment. Some fun food framing will help us transform fear of the unknown into excitement for the unexplored. Join the adventures in the wonderful world of bug-eating. To have a big impact on the future… it's time to think smaller.

Dustin Growick

Dustin Growick - Host
Dustin Growick is a science communicator and museum consultant who designs world-class interactive learning experiences. Dustin's main speciality is dinosaurs—he teamed with DK Books to write two dinosaur encyclopedias, and is the creator and host of Atlas Obscura’s Dino 101, a weekly Zoom party replete with expert interviews, paleo art drawing games, interactive challenges, and much more. Check Dustin out on Twitter or at www.dustingrowick.com.

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Aly Moore - Insect Agriculture Expert | Bug-Eater & Educator @ Bugible
After studying public health at Yale, Aly started blogging about the nascent ‘insect industry’ on Bugible.com. Over the years, Bugible’s work has evolved to include advocacy, education, event hosting (like bug & wine pairings!), public speaking, strategic consulting, and working with companies and investors to direct more funding toward regenerative, climate-critical technology. She’s here to replace fear of the unknown with curiosity to explore - to open minds and mouths to a more sustainable, nutritious, delicious, and biodiverse future. See Aly's press list and full bio here.


12PM

Instagram Live with Invertebrate Paleontology
20min | For all ages

Join us on Instagram for a live, behind the scenes look at NHM's Invertebrate Paleontology collection! Journey back in time with Assistant Curator Dr. Austin Hendy and Collections Manager Lindsay Walker - together we will discover what ancient arthropods, molluscs, and echinoderms looked like! Hosted as a fundraiser, we invite you to tune in for free and to make a donation in support of our active research if it makes sense for your family at this time. 

Need a reminder? Follow us on Instagram @NHMLA and enable notifications!


2PM

Inside the Insect Collection
45min | All ages

Get a bug’s eye view of our Entomology Research Collection! Lisa Gonzalez, Collections Manager, will give us a rare peek at incredible insect specimens that you won’t want to miss!

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Lisa Gonzalez, Assistant Collections Manager, Entomology
Lisa, who joined the BioSCAN project in 2012 as an Assistant Collections Manager, received a B.S. in Entomology from UC Riverside. She considers the museum her second home in L.A.; she first started here as a volunteer back in 2001 in the Museum's Insect Zoo. These days, she spends much of her time driving around Los Angeles visiting the BioSCAN sites, checking in with the lovely folks who volunteer their time and space in their yards for the project, and gets to peek inside the samples that are chock full of wondrous microscopic little creatures. A day spent with eyes glued to her microscope is a day of blissful Zen. 

She gets great pleasure out of studying the insects that live in the backyards of her fellow Angelenos, a habit that began in her own suburban yard as a small child. Lisa’s second passion after insects is cult, horror and B movies. Lucky for her, L.A. is a great place for both bugs and independent theaters.


4PM

Encouraging Diversity in Entomology
60min | Adults and bug enthusiasts

Hear the founding members of Entomologists of Color (EntoPOC) share their efforts towards diversifying the field of entomology through recruitment, retention, and activism/advocacy. The session will also highlight several EntoPOC-supported students sharing their research, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

Entomologists of Color (EntoPOC) was formed during the June 2020 #Strike4BlackLives and #ShutdownSTEM, and has a three-pronged mission: recruitment, retention, and activism/advocacy in the field of entomology. Come hear some of the founding members discuss the challenges that entomologists of color have faced, and how the group strives to close this gap by funding free memberships for BIPOC students to professional societies, retaining students through mentorship programs and skill building workshops, and conducting scientific studies to identify best practices for diversifying the field. The session will also highlight several EntoPOC-supported students sharing their research, and conclude with an audience Q&A.

EntoPOC Founding Member Panelists: 

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Moderator - Melissa Sanchez Herrera is a postdoctoral researcher at La Universidad del Rosario in Colombia. She works mainly on damselflies and dragonflies, neotropical insect biodiversity and evolution. She is currently the president of the Dragonfly Society of Americas. 

 

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Lauren Esposito is a curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. She is also the founder of 500 Queer Scientists, and the co-founder of a conservation non-profit, Islands & Seas. Her research is focused on the evolution of arachnids, particularly scorpions. 
 

Sallqa in a forest

Sallqa-Tuwa Mafla BondocGawa Mafla is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University working at the American Museum of Natural History. Sallqa-Tuwa studies island biogeography, morphology, and conservation of tropical dragonflies and damselflies, particularly endemic species to Ecuador and the Philippine Islands. She is equally focused on Indigenizing Entomology, and Biology as a whole, by strengthening the network of Native and Indigenous Biologists traditionally excluded from the field.

EntoPOC Research Presenters: 

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Christian Liriano - I’m an undergraduate student at Brooklyn College in New York City. My future pursuit is a PhD in ecology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. 
Talk Title: What effect does the environment have on insect species?

 

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Vivian Amelia Peralta Santana - I am an undergraduate biology student at Rutgers University- Newark. After I graduate, I will be joining a PhD program in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at Texas A&M University.
Talk Title: The interesting life of the Jewel bug.

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Stefanie Steele - I am a Master’s student at Portland State University in Oregon, graduating this spring. My research at PSU investigated what solitary nesting bees are found in the greater Portland, Oregon area, but particularly which nest in wooden cavities.
Talk Title: Portland’s cavity nesting bees: What do we really know?

 


6PM

Family Trivia Night: Time to Buzz in!
Members only | Email members@nhm.org to RSVP

Are you an expert on bugs? Think you know all things arachnid? Put your knowledge to the test and celebrate the 35th annual Bug Fair at our Members-only Family Trivia Night: Time to Buzz in!

Get your popcorn, snacks and drinks ready and join us for a bug-tastic night. In partnership with TrivaHub, we are hosting a three-round, one-hour trivia night filled with insect themed questions.The winners take home bragging rights and their very own NHMLAC swag bag. We hope you can bee there!