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They’re creepy, crawly and fascinating!

Join Imagination Station as we learn all about bugs! Throughout the month of June, we're going to find out why insects are important, how they impact our environment and some of the amazing things they can do. We’ll talk to the experts and get you up close and personal with insects that crawl, insects that fly and so many more. Plus, we'll show you how you can get involved in your own neighborhoods and help scientists study and research insects.

Get in on the conversation every Thursday at 6pm!

Log on to Imagination Station's Facebook or YouTube pages for LIVE discussions with two local scientists. Each week, they'll tackle a different topic and uncover the wonderful world of insects.

June 3: What’s an Insect, Anyway?

We'll explore the things that make insects unique in our world.

June 10: Insects – Who Cares?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em - we can’t live without them!

June 17: Insects vs. Plants

A contest that impacts our daily lives in surprising ways.

June 24: Insects are Weird. 

Join us to learn about some of the weirdest insects out there.

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Meet the Scientists!

Dr. Jack Schultz & Dr. Heidi Appel

Heidi Appel and Jack Schultz are researchers who have studied insects in all kinds of places, from jungles to deserts, Midwest prairies to New England forests, and love to share what they've learned. They are currently affiliated with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo.

Become a Citizen Scientist!

Throughout Bug a Scientist month, we'll give you opportunities to become a citizen scientist. Typically not professional scientists, these are people gathering data that will assist a scientist in carrying out their research. Simply by making an observation and recording it on a project’s website, citizen scientists, like you, can help answer scientific questions.

That's the great thing about science - there are always questions to be answered.

Let's get started!

Click on the projects below to find out how you can get involved!

Lost Lady Bug

Over the past twenty years native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. At the same time ladybugs from other parts of the world have greatly increased both their numbers and range. This is happening  quickly and we don’t know how, why or what impact it will have. Help scientists find out where all the ladybugs have gone and try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare.

Beespotter
Researchers at the University of Illinois are trying to better understand bee demographics of bees in the Midwestern states of Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, & Ohio, and they need your help. Your data will become part of a nationwide effort to gather baseline information on the population status of these important pollinators. Get outside with a camera or smartphone and capture quality photos of bees!
Bugs in our Backyard
Students become citizen-scientists in this educational outreach and collaborative research program. Kids in grades K-12 can explore the bugs in your own backyard, schoolyard or neighborhood. How much insect diversity can you find? How does insect diversity vary over time? How does insect diversity vary across geographic and urban scales?
Firefly Watch

Combine an annual summer evening ritual with scientific research. Help researches track the fate of these amazing insects.

With your help, we will monitor population numbers of fireflies and determine what might be affecting their numbers. Participating in this project is also a wonderful way to learn more about these most enchanting and fascinating creatures.