State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission honored 16-year-old Natasha Permaul and other students and staff of Farnsworth Middle School. Natasha is the author of “Mister Karner Blue,” a children’s book that grew out of the school’s Pine Bush Project, created by Dr. Alan Fiero.
Recently published by the Commission, the book tells the story of the endangered Karner blue butterfly from the butterfly’s perspective. Natasha wrote it when she was just 12 years old and other students, teachers and Commission staff and volunteers contributed to the final product.
Dr. Fiero’s Pine Bush Project has involved middle-school students in scientific study in collaboration with the Commission for the past 15 years. Dr. Fiero was also honored at the event.