b-fly releases at events

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu
Wed Sep 22 14:09:39 EDT 1999

	Linda Scott, after noting that 'permits are required in order to   
PREVENT non-native species from being released', queried:
> So, please tell me how releases are detrimental and who determined this
> from what proven facts.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, schools are raising Painted Ladies (_V. cardui_) and
then releasing the adults outdoors, since the children can't bear the idea
of killing them. However, there are historical records of _V. cardui_ having
reached Alaska under its own power. Now that the species (which is not
native to Alaska as far as being a breeding resident goes) is regularly
being released within the state, it is no longer possible to check for
its natural occurrence here.

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at uaf.edu

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