b-fly releases at events

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Thu Sep 23 16:05:52 EDT 1999

Although the Bobwhite is not a butterfly, it is noteworthy that it is
essentially gone from most of New Jersey.  Any Bobwhites I do see are
pathologically tame. The number of Bobwhite released for hunting was
phenomenal and apparently hardly regulated. 

I rather liked hearing the whistle of Bobwhites.

Mike Gochfeld

"Rob (Robert) Hilton" wrote:
> At 12:08 AM 09/23/1999 -0400, Mark Berman wrote:
> >
> >
> >There are plenty of examples of introductions of non-native species
> >resulting in major ecological challenges. I'm sure many of you are quite
> >familiar with most. The impact of these events extends far beyond the
> >relative value of monitoring programs, sometimes resulting in public health
> >hazards or serious challenges to populations of valuable native organisms.
> I would like to point out that the Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus)
> population of New York has been irreparably altered by sportsmen
> introducing birds from the southern USA.  These non-hardy birds interbred
> with the cold-hardy native birds to the extent that the resulting Bobwhite
> population can not survive New York winters any more.
> Best,
> Rob Hilton
> robert at csa.com
> Bethesda, MD, USA

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