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Spotlight Science: Bugs Below Zero

Saturday | December 10, 2022 | 10:00 am2:00 pm

Recommended for all ages
Spotlight Science is a regular program connecting you to current science conducted at the University of Minnesota and in our community. Join researchers, students, and special guests for conversations and unique interactive experiences.

Did you know that some insects (including stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies and non-biting midges) are active in the winter months? These bugs are able to survive below-zero temperatures and can often be found on snowbanks! They are also a vitally important food for trout. Researchers are increasingly concerned that warming winter temperatures associated with climate change may alter these insects’ life-cycles and harm trout populations.

Meet Minnesota’s winter aquatic insects and learn about their unique life-cycles and adaptations. Connect with researchers associated with the Bugs Below Zero project who are trying to understand how climate change might disrupt stream food webs. Learn how you can participate in the Bugs Below Zero project and help researchers by monitoring insects on stream banks this winter.

Funding for this project was also provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state’s air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.
This is an in-person event at the Bell Museum. Activities and events will be held throughout the museum and are included in the cost of regular admission.


Thank you to our 150th Anniversary Sponsors

A variety of logos for General Mills, AgriGrowth, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and Minnesota Turkey Growers Association


Saturday | December 10, 2022
10:00 am–2:00 pm
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Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

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