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Work
  • Monitoring, implementing, documenting and photogrraphing for future publishing2000 to presentSaratoga Springs, New York
    Mary Ellen is creating a Wild Butterfly Habitat on 1 acre of meadow, in the woods, of private land, owned by her family.
    • Writing a field guide for Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Shell Lake,WI.
      2012 to present
      We formed a publishing house www.butterfly-woman-publishing.com to address the creative flow of our collaboration. At the same time the Web (Blog) grows organically with other writers, visual artists, editors, interviewers and publishers.
    • Monarch Butterfly Coloring Book
      Sold on Amazon and eBay. The book is also available at Northwind Book and Fiber, Spooner, WI, and The Little Gift House, Solon Springs, WI
  • OwnerFitchburg, Massachusetts
    Writing and photography for butterfly gardens and children's books.
Education
  • Class of 2003Ethnobotany, Natural Resources, Tribal CultureFood Safety EducatorHayward, Wisconsin
    • Mushrooms 101
      Learning to identify six edible mushrooms by first identifying trees they fruit on or near. Best mushroom class I ever learned from.
    • English language
      English writing classes. I have been writing and studying people, culture, butterflies, food, herbalogy, native plants and pollinators for most of my adult life.
    • Ethnobotany
      By far my favorite class out of all the field study classes.
  • Class of 1963Saratoga Springs, New York
Current City and Hometown
About Mary Ellen
  • I have relocated to Fitchburg MA to a protected watershed area. Fitchburg is the second hilliest city in the country. Started to implement another habitat. This one will be a Wild Butterfly Habitat and Wildlife Sanctuary. Later these images and words turn to published photography & writings. In turn this leads to future inspired books.

    An Ojibwe elder, Margarent Lynk, once told me, "Let nature teach you."

    Retired Executive Director of Happy Tonics, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c) (3) environmental education organization and public charity. Mission: Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly and Food Safety Issues.

    Presently as of 2013, I am a Board Member.
Favorite Quotes
  • "Nothing lasts forever," by grandmother Anna Cunningham. "Never a dull moment," by Margaret Harrington, "Bless your heart," by Mary Ellen Ryall. "Lead them down the garden path" by Larry Northcutt.

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