Southern Research Station Co-Sponsors Nation's Largest Bug-Centric Event
The Southern Research Station (SRS) was a co-sponsor of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 16th annual Bugfest event held September 15 in Raleigh, NC. More than 35,000 participants showed up early and stayed late to enjoy fun-filled "buggy" entertainment, activities, and cuisine. The Station's exhibit, "Bad Bugs in the Forest," and SRS researchers engaged festival-goers in Forest Service research addressing invasive pest concerns, including the hemlock woolly adelgid, Sirex woodwasp, Asian long-horned beetle, and emerald ash borer. Smokey Bear's cameo appearance delighted the young and young-at-heart, sharing his timeless "Only You Can Prevent Wildfires" stance. His message was reinforced through special reusable activity bags designed for school-aged students, including the Forest Service's popular middle school science journal, the Natural Inquirer. Bugfest is the nation's largest family-friendly event that explores the world of insects and other arthropods. Read more about Bugfest in CompassLive.