"A Girl of the Limberlost"
MWalker at gensym.com
Tue Jun 22 07:24:54 EDT 1999
Mike Quinn wrote:
> She had been trying for some time to find out what her specimen was. I
> don't even know if she knows of the existence of the Lepidopterists'
> Society, I doubt she would have ever joined it! But when she
> heard that
> there was going to be a local butterfly festival, she brought
> her specimen
> and now her record will documented. Our local festival is
> co-sponsored by
> the South Texas Chapter of NABA. To me NABA is about reaching out to
> people, not about taking their nets away from them.
Well, I gotta admit that NABA definitely does a better job of reaching out
to _plain_ folks than the typical Ento Soc. This is a pretty good example.
Still, I agree with Guy VdP - popularization is not always a good thing.
Education is the key, but admittedly you have to be able to get a persons
attention first. I guess I can't fault NABA on the quality of the education
that they provide, either, although I do still resent the guilt trips I've
been given when talking about my experiences to NABA folks. When I haven't
been accused of being a murderer, I've been treated as an ignorant dinosaur
- and often by people who don't know much about butterflies other than that
I'll never forget my first conversation with a NABA member at a booth at the
L.A. Insect Fair. I was attracted by the materials they had available, and
began to inquire of their association. Somehow, my interest in collecting
came up and I received a very condescending 'tsk tsk tsk' and 'shame on
you'. "We (with the emphasis on being above such behavior) encourage
OBSERVING only". Hence my decision NOT to join NABA that day.
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