What happens when you mix local beers and a fascinating expert bug lecturer? You get the Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium’s evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”! Every month we will have a new expert lecturer discuss a fascinating topic relating to bugs. Some of our past talks have been on Animal Weapons, Pests, Native Bees, Sea Spiders and more! We want to give a huge THANK YOU to our primary sponsor of our unique lecture series: Draught Works!

This event usually sells out in advance, so be sure to purchase your tickets online ahead of time!

February: Monarch Butterflies in the Bitterroot Valley

Join us as we welcome Maggie Hirschauer, a wildlife biologist coordinating the Bitterroot Monarch Project through the MPG Ranch. Come learn the latest on the western monarch population status and hear about Maggie’s recent trip to overwintering sites in California. Maggie will talk also about her findings from the Bitterroot Monarch Project’s first year of milkweed surveys in the Bitterroot Valley, as well as her captive rearing and tagging efforts last summer.

Maggie first realized her passion for animals while working on a llama farm in her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. She spent several years volunteering at wildlife rehabilitation facilities to return injured owls and eagles to the wild. Most of her 20’s were spent traveling in Africa. She lived in East Africa for several years habituating and researching chimpanzees in a remote part of Uganda and blue monkeys in Kenya. She obtained her Masters’ degree in Zoology while working in South Africa with VulPro’s Endangered Cape vulture captive breeding and reintroduction program. She now works part-time at a veterinary clinic with small and large animals while working seasonally at the MPG Ranch, contributing to winter mountain lion tracking and summer butterfly conservation research.

Please note that this event is taking place at our temporary location, the Montana Natural History Center. You’ll be able to find us there at 120 Hickory Street, down near Currents and the baseball stadium. 

Date: Wednesday, February 26th
Doors: 6:30
Lecture: 7:05

Cost: $8, $5 for members. Two complementary drinks are included with your admission.
Tickets: HERE

Must be 21 or over for alcohol.

Location: Montana Natural History Center (120. Hickory St.)
Contact: 406-317-1211