b-fly releases at events

Mike Soukup mikayak at ix.netcom.com
Mon Sep 20 21:09:50 EDT 1999

Let me preface this by saying that I don't have enough knowledge to
actually have a valid opinion on the subject of releases.  But, I do
condsider myself a "die-hard realist".  And, in this case, I think there
is a large gap between knowledge, and critical knowledge.  I'm SURE the
survey is of GREAT value as Alaska is a massive, unique, multi-faceted
ecosystem.  However, I can't imagine that knowing how many Painted
Ladies (V. cardui) strayed in on any given year has any earth-shaking
ecological or scientific value.  If you are "into" that sort of
thing....it might be nice to know.  But, how much actual ecological
policy is going to be dictated in Alaska based  on the numbers of a
globally distributed, migratory species.  This, to me, makes the releses
more of an "annoyance" than an actual problem.

Mike Soukup
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