Florida Traps

wanda be496 at lafn.org
Wed May 24 13:41:46 EDT 2000

Thanks Jeff, for representing us so graciously.   

I'll certainly vouch that traps of all kinds get damaged, removed, etc.
and don't mean just by the weather!   There has been a big push for
bringing bluebirds back to the area and numerous birdhouses have been
built and placed in parks toward that end.  If a birdhouse makes it
through the year, it is amazing! 

Wanda Dameron
LA-NABA, Lep Soc, Xerces, Lorquin, ATL
Flutterby Press, San Fernando Valley, Ca.

> NABA wrote:
> Earlier today, the following message was intended to be copied to this
> address,  but  an  empty   message  was  inadvertantly  sent  instead.
> Dear Mr. Koehn,
> Alana Edwards  forwarded to me your email in  which you state that you
> have  received  telephone  calls  informing  you that  a  NABA  member
> destroyed  a trap  and removed  others that  you had placed  near Port
> Mayaca.
> Please be  assured that if such  actions did in fact  take place, they
> were in  no way encouraged nor  condoned by NABA. I  have seen some of
> the same second and third hand information that you have seen, stating
> that a  NABA member  did interfere with  one of your traps.  If you do
> have  convincing information  that  a particular  individual destroyed
> your trap, I encourage  you to take this matter up with them directly,
> if you so desire. If a NABA member participating on one of these field
> trips did  destroy or take a  trap belonging to you,  then I sincerely
> apologize on behalf of NABA for their behavior.
> A few  groups of  NABA members did  visit an area near  Port Mayaca in
> conjunction with  the NABA  Members Meeting being held  in nearby West
> Palm Beach, Florida. I, myself led the first group of approximately 16
> people to this area on Friday, May 18. You mention that you had placed
> a  number of  traps in  this area,  but I  noticed only a  single trap
> placed in  a tree. Since my group was the  first NABA field trip group
> to visit the site, it is entirely possible that other, non-NABA people
> removed some of them. As you probably know, bait traps can attract all
> sorts of attention. The first traps that Bob Robbins and I placed near
> the Amazon River in 1970 were cut down and stolen the first day out.
> Very  few  of the  people  in my  group  remarked about  the trap  and
> certainly none  did anything to disturb it.  Personally, I had no idea
> as to  whom the trap belonged  or for what purpose  it were there, but
> assumed  (apparently  not  entirely  correctly) that  any  butterflies
> trapped would  be released. A  few other groups visited  the same area
> when I was not present.
> To reiterate,  NABA does not condone  the destruction of others’
> property and if a  NABA member was involved in such destruction during
> a NABA-led  field trip, then we  apologize for that individual’s
> unwarranted, unauthorized and unacceptable behavior.
> Sincerely,
> Jeffrey Glassberg
> President: NABA

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