For all the insect lovers out there, the Montana Audobon center in Billings is hosting a fun and educational event for adults ages 21+ called Bugs & Brews. The event starts on Aug.12 and runs from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. 

Registered guests can enjoy a locally made microbrew from Gally’s Brewing Company while learning about the macroinvertebrates that come out at night. Entomologist Marian Kirst will lead the event providing knowledge about insects. Registrants use different collecting methods to examine the insects like spiders and their prey, then safely place them back in their natural environment. 

The event is a fantastic way to learn about insects and their pinnacle importance to the environment. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight or headlamp; the center also has a few for those who do not have either. Spacing is limited, so those interested in the event should register early.

The Montana Audobon Center has been a conservation organization serving the Treasure State since the late 1970s. The center promotes the conservation and appreciation of birds, insects, and wildlife native to Montana. Staff members at the Montana Audobon spread this appreciation to the public by providing knowledge and education on wildlife and nature. They educate the public by hosting fun and educational events. 

The overall mission at Montana Audobon is to conserve birds and other wildlife populations so they may stay healthy and sustain populations to prevent becoming an endangered species. Sustaining populations is one way to ensure that wildlife will be around for future generations to learn about and enjoy. 

Montana has nine other Audubon chapters scattered across the state: Five Valleys, Bitterroot, Flathead, Last chance, Mission Mountain, Pintler, Upper Missouri, and Yellowstone Valley.