b-fly releases at events
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).
fnkwp at uaf.edu
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