NOT the collecting debate :-)
DR. JAMES ADAMS
JADAMS at em.daltonstate.edu
Tue Jun 22 10:05:06 EDT 1999
Dear Anne, Mike, and listers,
A second rereading of my message made me realize that I
may have come across a little too strongly. Hey, it was late at
night when I wrote the message about collecting/non-collecting. I
doubt there's anyone who hasn't had an occasional emotional
outburst, and I also agree with Anne that we all probably have our
own little hypocritical idiosyncracies (what a mouthful!).
I want you all to realize that I do not condone irresponsible
collecting anymore than I condone ignorant laws that overrestrict. I
was simply trying to state that collecting done in a responsible
manner is microscopically consumptive when compared with
everyday life, and certainly when compared to habitat manipulation.
This is especially true when dealing with the organisms near and
dear to our heart, which have such high reproductive and fast
turnover capabilities. I basically don't collect butterflies at all
anymore -- it is not because I think it shouldn't be done, but I have
no need to collect them because I have studied what I feel I need to
study about them. I am working very hard on establishing an
extensive slide collection of as many species as I possibly can.
That isn't to say that if I'm in a new area for me that I wouldn't
swing a net at some butterfly I haven't seen before.
I also agree with both Anne and Mike Quinn, whose approach
to all of this is very similar to mine -- we all have a role to play, with
the most important being education and outreach. There is no need
to step on someone elses toes -- both responsible collecting and
well documented "watching" (with photographs) can contribute
significantly to our understanding of organisms. What leads to
problems is when someone starts trying to force their ideas on
someone else, giving the impression that their way is the only
"right" way. Let's stop now!
Dr. James K. Adams
Dept. of Natural Science and Math
Dalton State College
213 N. College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (706)272-4427; fax: (706)272-2533
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