Anusha Vaishi discovered a passion for what some might find to be an unlikely past time. The third-grader from Anne Hutchison spends much of her free time learning and teaching others about insects.
On Earth Day, April 27, she gave a presentation at the Girl Scout Cabin in Eastchester explaining how to make an insect garden following her Living Greenways campaign. Anusha shared the importance of native plants and led other children through an insect hunt.
Anusha said her fascination with insects grew after learning about them in school. “I was curious to know more. I go to different places to save insects because insects are misunderstood.” Each insect, explained Anusha, plays an integral role in the environment.
Westchester County Legislator Damon Maher, Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita and Eastchester Councilman Joseph Dooley joined Anusha at the Earth Day event.
Anusha also started the Little Critters Club at the Eastchester Public Library where about a dozen children to share their knowledge and learn more about insects.
When she grows up, Anusha may become an entomologist, a scientists who studies insects or a doctor.
You can learn more about Anusha’s work here: www.saveinsects.com