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August 19, 2013

Bug Out at the Burke!

September is Bug Month at the Burke Museum
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – This September, the Burke is buzzing with a variety of buggy events.

Bug Blast
Sunday, September 22, 10 am – 4 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, hop, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual family event. Get eye-to-eye with giant walking sticks, examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, and more!

Additional Bug Blast highlights:

  • Check out an ant cam
  • Look into a honeycomb with live bees
  • Make a fun bug craft
  • Touch live bugs – if you dare!
  • Learn about bug-eating plants

Special this year: taste a buggy treat! David George Gordon, aka The Bug Chef, returns to Bug Blast with brand new recipes from his book, The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin. The Bug Chef will cook up tasty treats on the outdoor stage and sign his cookbook at the gift shop. Can you eat his curious cuisine? Of course you can!

This event is presented in partnership with SCARABS: The Bug Society.

Weekend Activities @ the Burke: Insects and Arachnids
Saturdays and Sundays in September, 11 am – 3 pm
Starting Saturday, September 7
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

As part of the museum’s ongoing weekend activities, visitors can see and even touch objects not normally on display, take part in “Best of the Burke” guided exhibit tours (every Saturday at 1 pm), and do hands-on activities with crafts to take home. This month, examine bugs from the Burke’s collection, and take part in the “Look-Alike Bugs: Spot the Differences” activity. Explore look-alike insects and arachnids, and learn ways to spot what makes each unique. Make your own “flip it” bug duo and take part of your experience home.

"Eat a Bug" Book Talk and Edible Insect Buffet
Wednesday, September 18, 7 pm
Pre-registration recommended at burkemuseum.org

Author and naturalist David George Gordon, aka The Bug Chef, gives an up-close and personal introduction to what many are calling the Food of the Future—edible insects. Following a 45-minute presentation where Gordon discusses the environmental and health benefits of a bug-based diet, The Bug Chef will host an edible insect buffet with delicacies such as cricket kabobs, wax moth flan, and patanga (grasshopper) pizza prepared by Seattle’s Café Racer.

Admission to the talk is $5 at the door (FREE to members of the Burke Museum and SCARABS: The Bug Society). The buffet may be enjoyed for free with the purchase of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin, or with a $10 donation to Café Racer Love (a memorial fund for the victims of the Cafe Racer shooting in May 2012).

For high resolution photos or interviews with the Burke’s own spider expert, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an Alliance of American Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

A Bug Blast visitor gets a close encounter with a walking stick.
Photo by Lora Shinn