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Status of endangered butterfly to be discussed during 'Let's Do Lunch!' presentation

RELEASED: May 19, 2010

postcard for Lets Do LunchEAU CLAIRE — Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will discuss the life cycle and necessary habitat of the endangered Karner Blue butterfly and report on the success of the Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation Plan during a May 26 "Let's Do Lunch!" presentation sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association.

Kleintjes Neff will present "Blue Butterfly or Butterfly Blues? Habitat Conservation Matters" from noon-1 p.m. at Sweetwaters Restaurant in Eau Claire. During the presentation she will discuss the wild lupine, the sole larval host plant of the Karner Blue butterfly, as well as the ecology and status of the endangered butterfly.

Kleintjes Neff, a member of the Wisconsin Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Team, studies insect habitat conservation and restoration. Her research uses butterflies as measures of success for various land management practices in locations that range from the mountains of New Mexico to the prairies and agricultural lands of Wisconsin.

She received her bachelor's degree in environmental biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her doctorate in entomology from the University of California at Berkeley.

"Let's Do Lunch!" presentations will not be held in June, July or August, but will resume Sept. 29.

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

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