Ph.D harassment or accountability?

Joel Lyons jrlyons at
Thu Mar 21 22:18:23 EST 2002

I don't remember being frightened and worried a month ago.
I guess lawyers are immune to anxiety attacks as a result of
speculation or something.

Paul Cherubini wrote:

> Monarchs began leaving the overwintering sites in Mexico about
> 12 days ago.  Mike Quinn has received numerous reports
> suggesting the butterflies have already reached southern Texas.
> The size of the migration looks to be pretty good. For example,
> Mike Quinn received the following two reports of hundreds of
> monarchs sighted;
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> Texbutterfliers,
> Benton Basham ,myself, and others saw hundreds of Monarchs
> on March 15 and March 16, 2002 in the Gomez Farias area of
> Tamaulipas.  In fact they were one of the most numerous
> butterflies we saw during our six days in the field, and
> became very common on the above reported dates.
> Sincerely, Derek Muschalek
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> Mike,
> We observed two groups of Monarchs coming through the park
> yesterday, Wednesday 3/20.  Both groups looked to be around
> 100 individuals each. Hope this helps.
> Darrell
> Darrell L. Echols
> Resources Management Specialist
> National Park Service
> Padre Island National Seashore  [near Corpus Christi, Texas]
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> Now for a little Ph.D accountability;
> I wish to remind everyone how frightened and worried the Ph.D's
> made us feel about the monarch situation in Mexico just one month ago
> Example;
> On Feb. 12, 2002 Dr. Chip Taylor made the following worrisome comments
> on his website in which he speculated it "could take several years" for
> the monarch population to recover from the January freeze in Mexico:
> Chip wrote:
> > The bottom line for now is as follows: If there were 1.29 hectares,
> > or fewer, butterflies at Chincua and Rosario at the end of January
> > and if the outlying colonies were hit as hard or harder, this means
> > that end of January pop this yr is less than half as large as it was
> > last year at this time - a time when the pop was at its known all
> > time low. If the remaining butterflies are in poor condition, the
> > recovery could take several yrs.  The conditions this coming spring
> > are not as favorable as they were last yr. The fire ants population
> > in the south are up and soil moisture is down over much of the
> > Midwest and these factors limit the growth of monarch population."
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