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Science Talk & Book Signing with Dr. Nick Haddad: The Last Butterflies

Dr. Nick Haddad tells the fascinating, personal stories of six of the world's rarest butterflies and the scientists who are fighting to protect them.

Read More about the book here! 

Get the book before everyone else (it publishes on June 25!) and get a super discount. The book retails for $24.95 - get it at the event for just $20 and get it signed by the author!

June 7th | 6-7: 30 pm -  Doors will open at 5:00pm with access to our tropical conservatory to see the butterflies before the talk begins.


  • Members: $8
  • Non-Members: $10
  • Book: $20

“In this book, Haddad captures the beauty of butterflies, the science of conservation, and the stories of the people surrounding these rare creatures—collectors, gardeners, historians, students, scientists, and those who just have an avid love for butterflies. The Last Butterflies is a pleasure to read.”—Cheryl Schultz, Washington State University

What to Expect

The Last Butterflies: A Scientists Quest to Save a Rare and Vanishing Creature

In this talk, conservation biologist Nick Haddad will recount his search for the rarest butterfly in the world. He describes his distress while watching the rarest butterflies, numbering in the hundreds or thousands, as they declined toward possible extinction. As Dr. Haddad tracked these butterflies, he was surprised to learn that some of his conservation efforts were actually harming their populations. Even more surprising: he found that you have to kill some butterflies in order to bring them back from the brink of extinction.

Nick Haddad is an ecologist at the Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University. He has worked with butterflies, including very rare butterflies, for three decades. He specializes in large experiments that bring scientific principles to conservation actions, including restoration for rare butterflies. He has lived and worked in rare butterfly hotspots that include south Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, and the Bay Area of California. He has a broad interest in conservation, and for three decades has studied the role of landscape corridors in connecting and sustaining ecological systems. He and his family love wilderness camping and canoeing. He lives in a house built in 1840, and somehow became an amateur electrician and plumber to keep the place functional.

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