Kepley BioSystems Presents Sustainable Crayfish Biology at BugFest 2018

Kepley BioSystems (KBI) is pleased to have been selected as a BugFest 2018 presenter and attendee. BugFest, hosted annually by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, attracts over 35,000 visitors to experience exhibits, crafts, games and activities. The event brings together scientists and the public to learn and experience the remarkable world of bugs! The festival will take place on Saturday October 20, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The presentation will take place at 10:30 am in the SECU Daily Planet Theater in the Nature Research Center. 

The BugFest theme this year is “Arthropods – Crayfish and Other Crustaceans”, which will highlight the crayfish and other arthopods, including insects, arachnids, and myriapods. KBI President, Dr. Anthony Dellinger, will kick off the presentations with a talk entitled “Who’s Your Crawdaddy? Capturing Crayfish While Saving the World’s Baitfish”. A story of science and nature, highlighting how a tiny crayfish is helping advance sustainable research to restore the ocean’s most vital resource — forage fish.

Members of the KBI team will be on hand to meet with visitors at the exhibit “Cammie the Crawfish Presents: Sustainable Science and Technologies” (Nature Research Center - 3rd Floor, Booth #104). Where Cammie the Crawfish will be the featured guest and visitors can learn about how she is helping to protect the environment and preserve vital ocean species. “Kepley BioSystems is honored to be a part of BugFest this year, particularly as the 2018 theme is arthropods. We are looking forward to sharing our technologies - and to introduce our ten-legged team member, Cammie, to the public!” says KBI research scientist Lee Robertson.

The 2018 BugFest “Arthropods – Crayfish and Other Crustaceans” is a free, one day event that will feature Café Insecta where patrons will be introduced to the practice of eating bugs prepared by local chefs. As well, over 100 exhibits featuring entomology-based education, craft, games, and more will be sure to entertain even the most entophobic of visitors. 

The BugFest event will be held on October 20, 2018, at The North Carolina Museum of Natural History located at:

11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Parking is available in six different lots nearby. Free street parking is also available throughout downtown the day of the event. Since this event draws more than 30,000 people each year we encourage visitors to consider alternative transit options (Detailed Travel Instructions).

About The North Carolina Museum of Natural History

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Mon.– Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sun., noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at Emlyn Koster, PhD, Museum Director. BugFest is the largest bug-centric event in the country.