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Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens

Registration and the schedule for the 12th annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens on March 28th 2020 and other activities is now online:

If you are unfamiliar with DOI, the day is filled with presentations from professionals, academics, advocates, and enthusiasts covering a range of insect related topics. From beginners to seasoned veterans, DOI has something for anyone interested in or involved with insects.

Again this year for individuals that are in town early the night before we will have an opening reception. Come be casual, enjoy dinner, get to know other insect enthusiasts, there’s more of us than you think. Anyone attending DOI can sign up to attend the reception and there will be some slots made available for individuals unable to attend DOI so they can participate as well. Registration for the reception can be completed on the link listed above as well. The reception will include a keynote by Doug Taron, The Chicago Academy of Science / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

There will be three workshops on Friday afternoon on invertebrate related topics for those interested in attending. Be sure to check times as there is overlap and you will not be able to attend all of them. Individuals can participate in the workshops regardless if they are attending any of the other DOI activities.

WORKSHOPS (Friday, March 27)

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. - "Mountain Midges to Muscoids: Diversity and identification of Diptera" Presented by Greg Courtney, Iowa State University

This will be a 5-hour short course / workshop on the diversity, ecology, morphology, and identification of true flies (Diptera), with emphasis on adults and taxa from the Upper Midwest. The workshop will include examination of preserved specimens and maybe a few live ones. Bringing a copy of Steve Marshall’s book Flies: The Natural History and Diversity of Diptera. (2012. Firefly Press) as a reference is highly recommended.

12:45- 2:45 p.m. - "Adventurous Eating: Spreading The Love of Eating Bugs" Presented by Tad Yankoski, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Spread your wings and then eat them! Participants will learn beginner-friendly recipes and techniques that include cooking crickets, caterpillars and more!

3:00-5:00 p.m. - "Picture This: Insect Photography in a Whole New Light" Presented by Nathan Brockman, Reiman Gardens

Bring your camera or cell phone with you for this workshop. This workshop will look at staging insect photos and different photo styles to spice up your six-legged portfolio. There will be several stations where you will get the opportunity to take your own photos.

OPENING RECEPTION – (Friday, March 27)

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner, Keynote presentation and behind the scenes Reiman Gardens entomology tour.

Keynote: “Counting Butterflies: How Community Scientists Have Informed the Science of Monarch Migration, the Windshield Effect, and the Insect Apocalypse” presented by Doug Taron, The Chicago Academy of Science / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

2020 PRESENTATIONS (Saturday, March 28)

9:10-9:30 a.m. - "Life in a Little Known Prairie (Thank you Howard Ensign Evans)" presented by M.J. Hatfield, Coldwater Creek Biological Field Station

9:30-9:50 a.m. - "Urban Habitat Development For Pollinators In Muscatine" presented by Jon Koch

9:50-10:10 a.m. - "What Did I See and Where? Low-Cost GPS Data Capture of Field Observations" presented by Leland Searles

10:10-10:30 a.m. - "Charismatic Flies" presented by Harlan Ratcliff

11:00-11:20 a.m. - "Using photography to survey pollinators on natural areas" presented by Angella Moorehouse, Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

11:20-11:40 a.m. - "For the Bugs: A Basis for Surveying Glacier Creek's Insects" presented by Brad Carlson

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - "Tracking migration of Red Admiral and Painted Lady Butterflies: Weekly surveys, flight direction monitoring, citizen science, and stable isotope analysis" presented by Royce Bitzer, Iowa State University

12:00-12:20 p.m. - "Minnesota Wild Bee Survey – Lessons Learned After Six Years" presented by Jessica Petersen, Minnesota DNR

1:20-1:40 p.m. - "Communicating knowledge and respect for spiders and their functions in ecosystems for audiences such as elementary students" presented by Mary Stark, Central College

1:40-2:00 p.m. - "Ants and bees of a novel nano-prairie (in Pella, Iowa)" presented by Stephen Johnson

2:00-2:20 p.m. - "So what's in Your Back Yard" presented by Frank Hitchell

2:20-2:40 p.m. - "Native bees in the Conservation Reserve Program--Are we planting the right prairie plants?" presented by Ai Wen, University of Nothern Iowa

3:10-3:30 p.m. - "Lepidoptera of Wisconsin: Highlights of 50 years in the field." presented by Les Ferge

3:30-3:50 p.m. - "Beetle Banks" presented by Sarah Nizzi, Xerces Society

3:50-4:10 p.m. - "Beetles in the Bush: A Bioblitz in Africa" presented by Marlin Rice

Silent Auction to support the North American Prairie Conference

During DOI, we will be holding a silent auction for participants at DOI to bid on. If you would like to participate in the auction you can bring an item/s for the auction. These items can be dropped off at registration in the morning of DOI. This year all proceeds from the auction will go to supporting the North American Prairie Conference.