Speaker open to the public
The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County will be hosting a talk on butterfly monitoring on February 19th at 7 p.m. in the Donald Dodge Auditorium of the County Building. The speakers, mother and daughter, Melanie Chandler and Halley Bolt are passionate about this citizen science activity. They will share their experiences and how you too can contribute to the data base of the Michigan Butterfly Network while learning about our beautiful local butterflies.
Halley Bolt is a lifelong lover of the outdoors. From raising her own rabbit (“Clover”) at a young age to bird watching with her father and growing veggies with her mother, there is no part of being outside that she doesn’t want to be a part of. She is equally comfortable with anything having to do with water and loves swimming, sailing, and snorkeling. Discovering nature as she goes along is one of her passions. Her mom did not have to convince her to help with the butterfly monitoring. As soon as the activity was described to her she said, “I’m doing that with you!”
Melanie Chandler is Halley’s mom. She grew up in Ruby and spent most of her childhood outside as well. Living on Mill Creek, there was no part within a one mile distance from her home that she did not know intimately, having spent many a summer (and winter) day down on its banks or directly in it. Melanie taught preschool for many years and strived to pass on her love of nature to all her students. This includes a butterfly garden planted by the children just outside her classroom at the St. Clair City Building. She is now a recreation coordinator for the City of Port Huron and loves integrating nature programming whenever possible for the city residents to enjoy.
Master Gardeners of St. Clair County business meeting will follow at 8:00 pm.