|Lindsey Brendel teaching about monarchs.|
Lindsey Brendel will be returning for a third season. If you came to Cape May during the monarch season in 2014 or 2015 it’s likely that you met Lindsey. She has been the passionate mother to monarchs raised in the display at the Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center, and a super-enthusiastic presenter at our tagging demos and the drop-in programs at the Cape May Point Triangle Park. Perhaps you just ran into Lindsey’s smiling face and trusty butterfly net around Cape May Point as she tagged monarchs at the gardens and parks around the community. Behind the scenes Lindsey has done a great job organizing our data and the materials used in our research and education efforts.
|Diane Tassey teaching about monarchs.|
Joining Lindsey this year will be Diane Tassey, who brings a wealth of experience to our project. Diane holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Education and has many years of teaching experience. She has taught about monarchs in the classroom and also taught an in-service course for other teachers titled, “A Cross Curricular Study of Monarch Migrations.” She has studied monarchs at the wintering territory in Mexico, rainforest ecology in Belize, and salmon habitat in Washington state. She lives in northern New Jersey and has visited Cape May often during the fall to observe the monarch migration, and this year she has carved out the time to spend the full migration season working with out team. We’re excited to welcome Diane to “Team Monarch” and imagine we’ll learn as much (or more) from her as she might learn from us.
Perennial members of “Team Monarch” include Founder and Director Emeritus Dick Walton, Field Coordinator Louise Zemaitis, and Director Mark Garland, along with many enthusiastic volunteers.