A Salute to BDSC Support Staff

We'd like to take a moment to give a shout out to the phenomenal IU support staff without whom the stock center could not function. Those of you who have ordered from us know that we ship in plastic vials, but did you know that we maintain all our stocks in glass vials? Glass vials are re-usable, eco-friendly, and more economical, but are labor-intensive in that they require careful washing between uses. The amazing staff of the dishwashing facility here at IU clean over 330,000 glass vials every month! To fill all those glass vials (plus over 16,000 plastic shipping vials every month), our outstanding fly food kitchen makes and dispenses over 200 gallons of food every WEEK (!). Taking dirty vials and turning them into clean vials filled with fly food is a hard job, especially in these trying times, but these unsung heroes make it happen every day. We send a huge thank you to these incredible members of the extended fly community. We are grateful for all your hard work and your support of fly research around the world!