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Aquatic entomologist Dr. Corrie Nyquist and the Bugs Below Zero team hosted a live webinar for K12 classrooms and nature centers called Macroinvertebrate Mania. The webinar introduced audience members to aquatic insects from Valley Creek, Minnesota, described the different categories of insects and their different roles in stream food webs, and talked about how bugs can adapt to survive winter temperatures. Dr. Nyquist also answered questions from the audience about entomology careers, winter research, and the importance of studying winter active aquatic insects.
Unlocking the secrets of winter streams
The Bugs Below Zero team partnered with the Minnesota Master Naturalists for a webinar. Dr. Amy Schrank, Dr. Alyssa Anderson, and Dr. Rebecca Swenson discussed the importance of winter active aquatic insects, aquatic insect identification, the connection between insects and trout, and shared more information about the Bugs Below Zero platform and how to use our citizen science protocol to collect data.
On Saturday, December 10th, 2022, the Bugs Below Zero grant team partnered with the Bell Museum to host an interactive Spotlight Science event! Attendees were able to meet Minnesota’s winter aquatic insects in our living stream demonstration, discuss research with University of Minnesota science experts, create a stream life cycle at the winter food web station, learn about different species with crafts, and view multimedia learning content focused on connecting seasons, streams, aquatic insects, and fish. We had an estimated 560+ visitors come through stations and exhibits. Thank you to all the families who visited with us that day!