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ELS Book Club Event: Bicycling with Butterflies by Sara Dykman with Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson

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June 30, 2022 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Butterflies, honey bees, lightening bugs and ladybugs are all part of summer. But so are spiders and mosquitoes. Are bugs good? Are they bad? What do we really know about these amazing creatures? Join us as we discuss two important and lively reads about insects we love and those we love to hate. 

In Bicycling with ButterfliesNevada City resident Sara Dykman “made history when she became the first person to bicycle alongside monarch butterflies on their storied annual migration—a round-trip adventure that included three countries and more than 10,000 miles. Equally remarkable, she did it solo, on a bike cobbled together from used parts. Her panniers were recycled buckets. In Bicycling with Butterflies, Dykman recounts her incredible journey and the dramatic ups and downs of the nearly nine-month odyssey. We’re beside her as she navigates unmapped roads in foreign countries, checks roadside milkweed for monarch eggs, and shares her passion with eager schoolchildren, skeptical bar patrons, and unimpressed border officials. We also meet some of the ardent monarch stewards who supported her efforts, from citizen scientists and researchers to farmers and high-rise city dwellers.”

An  unexpected international bestseller by Norwegian ecologist  Sverdrup-Thygeson, in Buzz, Sting, Bite: Why We Need Insects we learn that life as we know it depends on these small creatures and the more you learn about them, the more fascinating they become. Professor Sverdrup-Thygeson explains the many ecological functions insects perform, the threat that human activity poses to insects and what we can do to help. 

Reduce your carbon footprint by checking these titles out from your local library, purchasing a used copy, listening to an audio book which supports local booksellers or by purchasing a physical copy from a local bookstore

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