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Since 2015 Fyke's monthly speaker costs have been funded by a generous grant from the Winifred M. and George P. Pitkin Foundation


April 26, 2024, Friday - Monthly Meeting, 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

The Connection Between Migration & Astronomy, Lisa Fanning

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Many people are familiar with the effects of solar eclipses on animal behavior, but what about the stars or moon phases? What is their link to the bird and animal world? How is migration impacted? Birder, conservationist, and amateur astronomer Lisa Fanning will explore these question and more along with interesting case studies.

Lisa is a longtime member and volunteer for Monmouth County Audubon and other conservation organizations across New Jersey. She is also the compiler for the Ramsey Christmas Bird Count along with her husband, Rob. She is a recipient of the Explore the Moon and Explore the Universe Observing Certificates from the Royal Astronomical S ociety of Canada, editor of the its Halifax Centre’s Nova Notes newsletter, creator of “Lisa’s Look Up!” on Facebook, a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton and contributor to their monthly online newsletter, Sidereal Times.

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May 17, 2024, Friday - Monthly Meeting, 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Bring the Butterflies to You, Sharon and Wade Wander

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Go beyond the catalog descriptions of which plants will attract butterflies (spoiler: they’re often wrong), and learn real-life lessons in gardening for our winged beauties in this colorful and dynamic presentation.

Sharon Wander, along with her husband, Wade, is a self-employed environmental consultant, providing wetland delineation and permitting services and conducting surveys for endangered and threatened species. She has long been an active New Jersey naturalist, interested in birds, herptiles, plants, and butterflies (as well as moths and other insects). Sharon is a past president of the New Jersey Butterfly Club, and served on the 2014 NJDEP committee that evaluated the conservation status of the state’s butterflies. The Wanders especially enjoy their Fredon Township butterfly garden, which has attracted a state-record 85 species.

A link to register for the program will be posted as we get closer to the presentation date.

Please note that this presentation replaces another one originally scheduled and included in the summer newsletter.