Tuesday, October 2, 7-8:30PM. Local Butterflies & What to Plant to Attract Them. Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum, Redding Wetland Conservation Officer, and NRWA Advisory Board member, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977. He will introduce area species, discuss what factors have led to declines in their populations, and what native plants and growing practices are critical to improving their survival rates. In-store class hosted by NRWA and REI at the REI Norwalk Store, 189 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk. Register here.
DeMasi’s field work with butterflies contributed almost a thousand citations to the recently published Connecticut Butterfly Atlas. He has contributed articles to scientific publications and his mark-recapture studies with Swallowtail butterflies was recently cited in the book Swallowtails of the Americas. His work in south America was recently featured in The Yale Environmental News.
Monarch Painting, Demasi’s business, is a decorative painting firm which specializes, in faux finishes and tromple l’oeil. His murals often feature natural history subjects such as native wild flowers and butterflies. He has done historical painting-restoration projects for Yale University, the National Park Service, and the State of Washington. He has worked in over 1000 residences, and his name appears on the referral list maintained by the Connecticut Historical Trust. DeMasi is author of Designer Faux Finishing, Rockport publications, and his work has appeared in several publications including House and Garden, The New York Times, Yankee Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.