‘Butterflies of the Ad’ks’ at Nov. 15 Library Lunch program

SARANAC LAKE – Sue Grimm Hanley will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Nov. 15 Library Lunch program at the Saranac Lake Free Library from noon to 1 p.m.

Her presentation, “Monarchs and More: Butterflies of the Adirondacks” will explore the different species of butterflies who inhabit The Adirondack Park — both the native butterflies who have evolved to survive the winters, and the butterflies who only spend part of the year kicakkt (migrators, and partial migrators.)

Hanley was the manager of the Native Species Butterfly House at the Paul Smiths College Visitor’s Interpretive Center for 15 years. She explains that the effects of climate change are already apparent to those who watch the weather with butterfly well-being in mind. She says that some of the questions we need to think about are these: What do butterflies need to survive, and to thrive? Will they continue to be able to live here? How do their interactions with humans affect their quality of life? Do people need butterflies, or are they “just pretty”? Perhaps most importantly, what can concerned people do, to help these insects?

In addition to her love for butterflies, Hanley also has a passion for singing, playing and teaching music in our area. She also spends hours online doing research on nutrition and alternative healing methods, and on ways to “live lightly” on the planet.

All presentations of the Library Lunch Series are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring soup or a sandwich, and desserts and beverages will be served, compliments of the excellent bakers on the Refreshment Committee.