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A Random Act of Kindness for North Bay teen making a difference for monarch butterflies

Helping animals in need sparks joy for Megan, who successfully cares for and releases dozens of monarch butterflies each year

Megan Bouffard is a caring local high school graduate who is making a difference for the natural environment here in North Bay.

Megan has been caring for endangered monarch butterflies for the last few years. She houses them, grows their food and cares for them as they turn into butterflies. Each year, she successfully releases approximately 50 to 60 butterflies.

“Being able to rehabilitate caterpillars, saving them from predators and releasing them into the environment as fully grown monarch butterflies has been one of my favourite summer hobbies over the last couple of years,” Megan explained. “The monarch species is slowly declining as the years go by and being able to help the population survive and flourish allows me to live up to who I want to be one day as a veterinarian.”

Megan will be attending the University of Guelph this September to pursue her dream of becoming a vet.

When our BayToday team heard about the amazing work Megan has done to help protect our natural environment, we partnered with our friends at Leon’s North Bay to help Megan buy some new furniture and household necessities before her big move to Guelph.

“I was not expecting any type of gift for my hobby,” Megan told BayToday. “I would like to thank Leon’s North Bay for their donation as I was able to purchase some items for my living space.”

Thank you to our generous co-sponsor, Leon’s North Bay, for helping to make this Random Act of Kindness possible.

Our nomination form is always open to nominate someone in the community who selflessly gives of themselves despite challenges or hardships, is positive in the face of adversity, or is just plain extraordinary and deserves a special surprise.

If you would like to support our Random Acts of Kindness program, please email [email protected].

BayToday is proud to make a difference in our community by highlighting extraordinary individuals and organizations with our Random Acts of Kindness, a foundational piece of our BayToday Cares program

The BayToday Cares team's mission is to create meaningful change in North Bay - and inspire others to do the same.