b-fly releases at events

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu
Wed Sep 22 15:22:34 EDT 1999

	Anthony Cynor commented, with regard to my remark about the re-
leasing of _V. cardui_ in Alaska by schools:

> I don't think this is detrimental, except to your activities which are of
> what use?                                                                  

	Use, I would guess, is always in the eye of the beholder. Mr.
Cynor may have no use for the Alaska Lepidoptera Survey--a project which
has now been running for 30 years, and is building up a picture of the
butterfly fauna of Alaska (and, to some extent, of Beringia as well).
Other lepidopterists, however, have assured me this project is indeed
worthwhile--especially considering the poor state of our knowledge of
the western North American arctic/subarctic butterfly fauna, and the
fact that this large region is still comparatively undisturbed by
human activities (at least compared to much of the lower 48 states).

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at uaf.edu

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