Ellis Bird Farm takes some time to play with bugs 0
They may not be everyone's favourite, but bugs are an important part of any ecosystem. And Ellis Bird Farm has just the event to teach even the most afraid person why these little creatures are so valuable.
"It's a day where entomologists share their love and passion for insects with children and their parents," said Myrna Pearman, biologist and site services manager at the Ellis Bird Farm.
The farm is hosting their seventh annual Bug Jamboree Aug. 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. with special guests John Acorn and six other entomologists. There will be five education stations for children to visit, as well as entertainment.
"There's no charge, people can just show up and just enjoy the day," said Pearman.
New to the jamboree this year is the garden tour. CBC's Dr. Ken Fry will be at the farm leading the tours that will show the different insects that can be found in local gardens.
"He and our head gardener, Cynthia Pohl, will do the garden tours, so it's a hands-on way to learn about what we can do in our own gardens to promote pollinators and control insects without using insecticides," said Pearman.
There will also be a butterfly count at 3 p.m. with John Acorn and Dr. Charley Bird. On top of all the free education, kids will also have to the chance to paint bumblebee nests, for a fee.
Turnout is rarely a concern for the folks at Ellis Bird Farm. The jamboree typically brings in more than one hundred guests each year, and this year Pearman doesn't expect any less.
"If the weather is good I would expect two to three hundred people," she said.
Even if you're a tad squeamish when it comes to most six legged critters, have no fear, said Pearman.
"Insects are the underpinning of the ecosystem and so it is in our best interest to learn about insects and to respect insects and to admire them."