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Wisconsin's butterflies to be focus of 'Thursdays @ the U'

With 153 documented species of butterflies in the state of Wisconsin, there is a lot to discover about these beautiful insects.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon-1 p.m., Nikki Janisin will present "Butterflies of Wisconsin" for UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays @ the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Participants will get an overview of a butterfly’s life cycle, learn to distinguish moths from butterflies, see some of their incredible adaptations and learn to identify some of our more common local species.

Janisin, executive director of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary near Sarona, also is a Student Conservation Association naturalist and science teacher. She has spent her adult life sharing the wonders of nature with all ages. Janisin holds an associate degree from UW-Eau Claire – Barron County and a bachelor’s degree in biology education from UW-Eau Claire.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.