[leps-talk] It's fall and time for a new round of Monarch Extinction press releases.

James Taylor drivingiron at worldnet.att.net
Wed Nov 12 08:22:58 EST 2003

I am in big-time agreement with Mark. The article made the back page of the first section of the Savannah paper. 

Mark, I have NO monarchs in my collection - but boy, do I have Spodoptera everything.

Jim Taylor
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mark Walker 
  To: 'Paul Cherubini' ; leps-l at lists.yale.edu 
  Cc: TILS-leps-talk at yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 4:41 AM
  Subject: RE: [leps-talk] It's fall and time for a new round of Monarch Extinction press releases.

  Paul wrote about the latest Monarch press release:

  > In past years, usually in the fall or winter, Dr's Lincoln Brower, Karen
  > Oberhauser and/or Chip Taylor have made dire predictions, about the
  > potential impacts of logging in Mexico, Bt corn, tourist trampling,
  > butterfly
  > releases, mosquito spraying etc, on migratory monarchs, but the migrants
  > continue be as abundant as ever.  This fall, Dr. Oberhauser has been
  > talking to the press about an imminent new extinction threat:
  > http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2003-11-11-monarch-climate_x.htm

  I saw the same article in my North County Times (Oceanside, CA), so it's
  certainly making the rounds.  It's amazing how predictably press-worthy
  these articles are.  Without getting into another they vs. he discussion, I
  wonder if I'm the only one besides Paul that is bothered by the science
  being applied here.  I'd feel a lot better if occasionally the reports
  indicated a little bit of objectivity - but nope, they're always validating
  what appears to be a presupposition that the Monarch is the next endangered

  Oh well.  This latest theory isn't demonstrable for another 50 years, so
  we'll just have to wait and see (I'll be 95, so perhaps I'll have already
  collected my last Monarch by then).

  Mark Walker.
  (for the record, I have exactly six specimens of Danaus plexippus in my
  collection - three from CA, one from Quebec, one from Puerto Rico, and one
  from Spain).

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