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GLIN==> OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION HONORS TOLEDO RESEARCHER



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2003


OHIO LAKE ERIE COMMISSION HONORS TOLEDO RESEARCHER FOR HER WORK WITH 
MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

TOLEDO, OH -- A 30-year commitment to studying and protecting monarch 
butterflies has earned special recognition for Toledo resident Doris Stifel 
from the Ohio Lake Erie Commission.
Stifel, known as "The Butterfly Lady" to many in northern Ohio, is a 
nationally known authority on the monarch butterfly. She has given 
presentations and demonstrations to thousands of teachers, students and 
nature lovers in an effort to increase the public's awareness of the plight 
of these fascinating insects.
Her research efforts have taken her three times to the monarch butterfly's 
wintering-over grounds in the highlands of central Mexico. In fact, she was 
instrumental in the international effort to locate those wintering-over 
areas, personally tagging as many as 4,500 butterflies each fall as they 
migrated south from Canada over Lake Erie. She estimates that she has 
tagged more than 100,000 butterflies in her 30 years of study and research.
Stifel regularly works as a consultant to major monarch rearing and tagging 
operations in the Lake Erie area, including the Kelleys Island Audubon 
Society, Maumee Bay State Park Nature Center, the Butterfly House in 
Whitehouse and the Toledo Naturalists' Association.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has issued a special commendation to Stifel 
for her lifelong work in entomology.
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For Further Information Contact:
Jill Woodyard, Ohio Lake Erie Commission
(419) 245-2514






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