After Hours: The Last Butterflies with Nick Haddad

July 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bell Museum
2088 Larpenteur Ave W St Paul
MN 55113 USA
Free with gallery admission

Enjoy an evening at the museum, open until 8:30 pm for this After Hours event. Whether you’re sketching, photographing, painting, or coloring, let inspiration be your guide as you curate your evening from a host of activities, including a show in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium or tonight’s special talk. Weather permitting, telescope observation will be offered on the Ruth and John Huss Observation Deck.

Also, join guest makers Jonathan Koffel and Karen Haselmann of UMN Libraries in Solution Studio for an AR/VR playground.

Activities free with gallery admission. Planetarium ticket fees apply.

Special Guests: Ecologist Nick Haddad

Cover of The Last Butterflies and photo of author Nick HaddadNick Haddad will hold a book talk and signing in the Nucleus, beginning at 7 pm.

Most of us have heard of such popular butterflies as the Monarch or Painted Lady. But what about the Fender’s Blue? Or the St. Francis’ Satyr? Because of their extreme rarity, these butterflies are not well-known, yet they are remarkable species with important lessons to teach us. The Last Butterflies spotlights the rarest of these creatures―some numbering no more than what can be held in one hand. Drawing from his own first-hand experiences, Nick Haddad explores the challenges of tracking these vanishing butterflies, why they are disappearing, and why they are worth saving. He also provides startling insights into the effects of human activity and environmental change on the planet’s biodiversity.

Nick Haddad is a professor and senior terrestrial ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology and the W. K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.