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Bug Season Arrives

May 16, 2014 - 3:00 pm

You’ve seen the t-shirts. The ones with a picture of a mosquito with the caption “Alaska state bird.” Mosquito season is upon us. Join host Annie Feidt and two entomologists to talk about what’s biting us. We’ll also learn about the ecological role the buzzers and biters play in Alaska’s ecosystem.

To get a feel for the season, here’s a video from the Arctic tundra that went viral last summer:

HOST: Annie Feidt

GUESTS: 

  • Derek Sikes, curator of insects, University of Alaska Museum; entomology professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Janice Chumley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service

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BROADCAST: Thursday, May 22, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, May 22, 2014, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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shannan, field work

Columbia University PhD candidate Shannan Sweet spends three months of the year in the Alaska tundra researching the effects of climate change on plant life. The bugs are a reality of the field season. Photo courtesy of Shannan Sweet.

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