Sunday, September 6, 2015

Insect-O-Rama shows bugs can be fun

Free event on September 12 highlights insect roles in nature
St. Joseph, Mo. – Take a close look at insects and you’ll see a fascinating world of colors, shapes, sizes and interactive roles with nature and people. What would a world be without butterflies? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host Insect-O-Rama 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the MDC Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive in St. Joseph.
   All activities are free and fun for all ages. Insects and exhibits about them will be on display. Experts will answer questions about bugs that are fun and those that are pesky.
   Insects are a cornerstone in nature’s complex ecology. They are important food for fish and wildlife. But they also pollinate food crops important to people.
   Insect-O-Rama offers participants a chance to learn how they can help provide habitat for desirable insects such as the monarch butterfly. The MDC Northwest Regional Office is on the campus of Missouri Western State University. Visitors can also enjoy other nature exhibits in the office and some nearby hiking trails.
   For information about Insect-O-Rama, call 816-271-3100. To learn about other MDC programs that connect people with nature, visit http://www.mdc.mo.gov.