General Meeting – June 25, 2015

General Meeting – June 25, 2015

Presentation by Margaret Pickles on Monarch Butterfly Migration

Margaret Pickles: The “Bug Lady”

Margaret Pickles is a science professor at Niagara College and is known as the
“Bug Lady” because of her enthusiasm for sharing with others all things interesting
about insects. She loves to tell people just how “cool” bugs are. Margaret’s interest in
bugs began at the age of seven when she started her first butterfly and moth
collection. Much of her youth was spent studying insects and often rearing Monarch
caterpillars into butterflies. She went on to do a bachelor degree in biology with a
specialty in entomology (that is bugs) at the University of Guelph and later completed a
Master of Science and Teaching at MacMaster University. She worked for several years
at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, before starting her own business visiting
schools with her “Science is Alive” program: Discover Dinosaurs, and Bugs Are Cool.
In 1996, Margaret and her husband moved to Niagara Falls so she could fill the
position of Assistant Curator at the newly opened Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
During her time at the Parks she also taught Entomology at the School of Horticulture.
She now teaches chemistry, biology, and nature at Niagara College. Two year ago she
introduced a new course, Bugs Among Us, an overview of insects in society.
Margaret is an avid member and, until recently, the newsletter editor of the Niagara Falls
Nature Club. She also loves travelling, photography, kayaking, and tri-cycling.

Margaret Pickles is a science professor at Niagara College and is known as the
“Bug Lady” because of her enthusiasm for sharing with others all things interesting
about insects. She loves to tell people just how “cool” bugs are. Margaret’s interest in bugs began at the age of seven when she started her first butterfly and moth
collection. Much of her youth was spent studying insects and often rearing Monarch
caterpillars into butterflies. She went on to do a bachelor degree in biology with a
specialty in entomology (that is bugs) at the University of Guelph and later completed a Master of Science and Teaching at MacMaster University.

Margaret is going to share with us the story of the Monarch Butterfly and its
amazing migration. She has followed this story as it unfolded over the years and has
traveled to California and Mexico to see the overwintering sites. She hopes that you too will be amazed by this Majestic Butterfly.