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Beyond Birding: The Fun and Importance of 'Bugwatching'

Two girls looking at an insect through a magnifying glass
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If birds are everywhere, insects are everywhere-er-er. In this age of insect decline, it is more urgent than ever to make observations of insects, share them with scientists, and act to reduce the impacts causing a reduction in biodiversity. Doing so can be challenging, but highly educational, entertaining, and even social. Come along for a fascinating primer on what it means to be a "bugwatcher."

Western Prairie Audubon Society is excited to host Eric R. Eaton on Zoom, October 10, beginning at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting will be hosted by University of Illinois Extension. Please contact Chris Enroth with registration and Zoom connection questions., 309-837-3939 

Eric R. Eaton is a writer, author of Insectpedia: A Brief Compendium of Insect Lore, and Wasps: The Astonishing Diversity of a Misunderstood Insect. He is also lead author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, and co-author of Insects Did It First, with Gregory S. Paulson. Eric has also published articles in Natural HistoryRanger RickBirds & BloomsMissouri Conservationist, and other popular magazines. He has worked as an entomologist on contract with the Smithsonian, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and University of Colorado (Boulder). He runs the blogs Bug Eric and Sense of Misplaced. He currently lives in Leavenworth, Kansas, with his partner, Heidi.

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