Who makes the Butterfly Show happen?

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The following video takes us behind the scenes of the Butterfly Show with lead organizer Ed Bruggink, Carleton’s Greenhouse Manager.

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Annual Butterfly Show Volunteers

  • Let’s Talk Science

    • The Department of Biology has partnered with Let’s Talk Science to offer tours to school or community groups who are interested in turning their visit to the Butterfly Show into an even more educational experience. All butterfly show tours are presented by Let’s Talk Science volunteers. Let’s Talk Science is a national volunteer organization of graduate and upper year undergraduate students in fields related to science and engineering. The mandate of this organization is to increase literacy and interest in science, engineering, and technology through hands-on activities in classrooms, community groups, and public events. To find out more about Let’s Talk Science, please visit their website at: outreach.letstalkscience/Ottawa.
  • Rick Cavasin

    • Rick is a local photographer and naturalist and an expert on Ontario butterflies. The amazing butterfly wall display in the Nesbitt Biology Building lobby features Rick’s photographs of all local butterfly species. Rick’s work can be seen at www.ontariobutterflies.ca.
  • Kathryn Finter

    • Kathryn is an artist from Ottawa who for over 15 years has volunteered with the Butterfly Show by lending her expertise to the craft table set up in the lobby for visitors. Kathryn’s work can be seen at: www.illuminations.ca.
  • Jen Skanes

    • Jen is a Carleton graduate and a former coordinator for Let’s Talk Science who still comes back every year to educate visitors on butterflies.
  • Carleton University Biology Society

    • The Carleton University Biology Society (CUBS) is a student led organization created to bring together Carleton’s Biology students from first through fourth year. Volunteers from CUBS are essential to the Butterfly Show – they help facilitate the event throughout the week as well as over the weekends.

      Rick Cavasin 2010

  • Special shout-out to Ed Bruggink, event organizer, and his family.

    • Ed Bruggink is the founding father of the Carleton Butterfly Show and has been the lead organizer of the event since the show began 21 years ago. Ed, his wife Joanna, and his family all contribute greatly each year. As the greenhouse manager of the Biology Department, Ed works tirelessly to make sure that everyone has a great time during the show, including the butterflies.
  • Jim Des Rivieres

    • For 19 years, Jim made significant contributions to the Butterfly Show and has changed the lives of everyone here in the Biology department. Jim was a dear friend, local photographer and an expert on Ottawa moths. His large-format prints of local moths were featured in an exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature in 2010. Jim printed all the signs for the Butterfly Show, including the butterfly wall.

Photo by Akintunde Akinleye