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Victor DeMasi

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Victor DeMasi

Curatorial Affiliate
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Victor DeMasi is an extremely active member of The Pollinator Pathway. He was a wetland conservation officer in his hometown of Redding for 20 years and is presently a curatorial affiliate at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. He busies himself with preserving open space in town and preserving butterflies in the museum. His field work with butterflies contributed almost a thousand citations to the recently published Connecticut Butterfly Atlas. He has contributed articles to scientific publications and his mark-recapture studies with Swallowtail butterflies was recently cited in the book Swallowtails of the Americas. During the Pandemic he is doing a pollinator survey of two meadows in Redding CT.

Recent butterfly study trips with his spouse Roanna, a photographer have been several times to Amazon forest in Guyana, Nicaragua, and yearly studies in montane California assessing the impact of climate change on that fauna. His work in south America was recently featured in The Yale Environmental News.

Victor DeMasi is also 40 year owner of Monarch Painting, a decorative painting firm in Redding, Connecticut, which specializes, in faux finishes and trompe l’oeil. His murals often feature natural history subjects such as native wild flowers and butterflies. Clients delight to a Monarch butterfly painted sitting on top of a window frame in an unlikely corner of their house. Metamorphosis is my business.