Because of the restrictions on gatherings in the state of Maine and on Monhegan because of the Covid-19 Virus, the annual membership meeting of the Monhegan Associates Inc. will be held as a ZOOM meeting. The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM EDST on August 21, 2020, and will last until about 9:00 PM.
If you are in a household with more than one member attending, please attend together to leave room for everyone.
We will have a number of legal requirements to get through as quickly as possible (committee reports, etc.) But we do want to get time at the end for open discussion of the membership where we will field questions about the Associates and have open discussion. In general we will have everyone muted except those designated to speak and will be taking requests for speaking through the chat window, which we will explain at the meeting when it is time.
Thanks in advance for your patience as we do this online for the first time ever!
Frederick W. Faller, President MAI
Greetings, Monhegan Associates trustees, committee members, and friends:
As many of you know, I’m on the island every fall with a butterfly net discovering more about Monhegan’s biodiversity, and tagging Monarchs in the interest of conservation. This fall, starting in earnest on Friday, a few colleagues and I hope to tag more than 200 Monarchs on the island. It means that you’ll be seeing a few of us netting Monarchs — notably at Lobster Cove, at hotspots on the eastern side, and along roadsides. I’m particularly interested in the fate of late-season Monarchs along the New England coast; this tagging will help us learn.
For the most part, our efforts are welcomed by islanders and visitors. But as I understand it, on a few occasions, a Monarch tagger has been reprimanded in no uncertain terms about catching butterflies on the island. To be sure, none of us have any intention to visit private property for this work without permission. But this activity is perfectly legal in Maine — and most everywhere across the continent. So if you might help spread the word, perhaps we can avoid any awkward confrontations as we go about this wonderful citizen-research over the next couple of weeks.
If anyone has questions, please send them my way. Thanks!
Warm regards,— Bryan Pfeiffer
P.S. An essay and a few other links related to Monhegan Monarchs: https://bryanpfeiffer.com/2018/10/25/butterflies-and-joy/~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ www.bryanpfeiffer.com~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
July 24: Dan Kittridge, executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, will present “Nutrient Rich Food and Soil Health”. This should be of particular of interest to those who support our island farm, work their own gardens, and value nutrition. 7:30 pm at the Schoolhouse
July 31: Corey Nelson, a lifetime summer visitor and astronomy enthusiast returns to present his popular evening of Stargazing: Planets, Stars, and Galaxies. This presentation will start at 8:00 pm, with viewing at 8:30.
Aug. 8: Bryan Pfeiffer will present “The Audacity of Monhegan Migration”, which will focus on three of nature’s creatures: birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.7:30 pm at the Schoolhouse
All presentations are $5 for non-Monhegan Associates members, free for members and for children under 12