Max Frederick attended his first moth night in East Brunswick, N.J., when he was just 5 or 6 years old and barely waist-high to the adults who crowded around the lighted sheet with him. Now 15, he still remembers it.
“At the very first one, seeing all those moths on the white canvas with the light really fascinated me. Then once we saw this really big one and lot of cool things that showed up and I just thought to myself, wow, this is nature.”
Thanks to his mother, Leah, it would be the first of many moth nights for Max. “My mom heard about it and we just started going and we’ve been going ever since,” he said.
Max’s interest in moths has never waned. After the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission launched National Moth Week in 2012 as a worldwide citizen science project, Max continued to be a moth night regular. Now, he’s also a volunteer.
Lani Wyman is a college student at Rutgers University in New Jersey USA. Lani is studying anthropology and linguistics. She loves to read, travel and spend time with her friends and family. Lani has always been fascinated by maps and geography. Lani has attended many moth nights in East Brunswick, NJ, the birth place of National Moth Week and she is thrilled to become a part of the NMW mapping group.
Nat Birrer is a college student who will be attending Ramapo College starting in the fall. For the past three years he has been taking courses at the County College of Morris in addition to highschool classes. He is interested in nature, science, computers, and mapping, and plans to double major in computer science and environmental science. He has worked as a summer camp counselor at the Schiff Nature Preserve for two years, and has been a member of the stewardship crew there, managing the trails and controlling the spread of invasive plants. He enjoys volunteer work, loves photography, and in his spare time he plays the guitar, flute, and Irish whistle.