Holy, E. Michael (Mike)

Michael Holy has had a lifelong interest in lepidoptera. He started his first butterfly collection at age 11 from specimens collected in a field near his suburban Buffalo, N.Y. home. After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a Biology degree, Mike taught middle school science for three years, first in Norfolk, Va., then Prince Georges Co, Md. He has taught a variety of Biology and Science courses at Hannibal High School, in upstate New York and earned a Masters Degree in Biology Education at SUNY Oswego. He chaired the Hannibal High School Science Department from 1997 until 2004 and retired after 30 years at Hannibal High. Mike Holy has had a long association with the Rice Creek Field Station. He taught basic entomology to youths in the Rice Creek Summer Program from 1985-87 and 1992, and in the Sheldon Institute for four years in the 1990s. For 11 years he was President of the Board of Directors of the Rice Creek Associates, a Field Station support group. Mike has been a member of the Lepidopterists’ Society since 1978 and the North American Butterfly Association since 2008. Since 1999 Mike has been monitoring butterflies, with SUNY Oswego Biology faculty and students, at the Rice Creek Biological Station.

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