By: Donna Macalle-Holly
Discover the enchanting world of monarch butterflies in our upcoming program, "The monarch butterfly: from caterpillar to conservation." Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, September 14, at the LHF Environmental & Cultural Center, 125 Landing Road, Landing, as we explore various facets of these iconic pollinators, from their identification and characteristics, to their habitat and migration patterns. Uncover the secrets of their lifecycle and lifespan, and gain insights into the challenges they face from predators and pathogens. Finally, we will learn about vital conservation strategies including the art of raising and releasing healthy monarchs.
Jefferson Township resident Rosemary Lipala is an accomplished laboratory specialist with a 25-year tenure at Montclair State University. Passionate about Monarch butterflies, Rosemary's unique background includes raising monarchs from eggs found on milkweed plants and conducting vital research by testing adult butterflies for O.E. (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha) Spores, contributing to our understanding of their health and population dynamics. Rosemary received a master’s degree in science and a bachelor's degree with a specialization in marine science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.