[leps-talk] from lepsRUs re. Miami Blues

Mark Walker MWalker at gensym.com
Thu Mar 13 14:51:30 EST 2003

Well, I'm very pleased to see that Jeffery's published list of detrimental
impacts on the Miami Blue has excluded any explicit reference to collecting
pressures.  The only category from his list that encompasses such pressures
is that of "predators", and he has very appropriately lumped all predation
together and pushed it to the END of the list.  Bravo!

Though pale in comparison to the benefits being posed to the insect and its
habitat, I consider this nevertheless to be a significant achievement of the
Miami Blue cooperative.  Thanks to all who have contributed.

Mark Walker

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Anne Kilmer [mailto:viceroy at gate.net]
> Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 10:47 AM
> To: MBBRP; tils; leps-l
> Subject: [leps-talk] from lepsRUs re. Miami Blues
> From:  Linda & Buck Cooper
> Hello,
> As butterfly enthusiasts you may be interested in reading and acting
> upon the
> following request for help from Jeff Glassberg, President of North
> American
> Butterfly Association concerning Miami Blue butterfly. We are sending our
> comments to Brad Gruver today.
> Thank you,
> Linda and Buck Cooper, listowners
> Haines City, FL
> As you may know, in December 2002, the State of Florida declared Miami
> Blues
> to be an endangered species on an emergency basis. The Florida Wildlife
> Commission is now considering whether to make the endangered species
> permanent and are asking for public comments. Please consider submitting
> comments, and requesting that others do so also, to: Brad Gruver, Acting
> Chief, Bureau of Wildlife Conservation at
> brad.gruver at fwc.state.fl.us.
> Since Miami Blues were once common throughout southern Florida and the
> only
> known existing colony on Bahia Honda Key precariously clings to existence,
> potentially extirpated by violent storms, man-made changes to its habitat,
> the use of pesticides, diseases and predators, it is clearly one of THE
> most
> endangered animals in the United States.
> Sincerely,
> Jeffrey Glassberg
> President: NABA
> Let us by all means send Brad Gruver our opinions, whatever they may be,
>   as this is a matter that concerns us all.
> Note, by the way, that our project at UofF goes well, according to Dr.
> Brumberg, ... restoration may not be too far off. Our plan is to make
> the butterfly, rather than its endangered status, permanent.
> Cheers
> Anne Kilmer
> South Florida
> TILS Motto: "We can not protect that which we do not know" (c) 1999
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