IUCN/SSC Butterfly Specialist Group Survey

Matthew Shepherd mdshepherd at xerces.org
Wed Mar 2 15:22:00 EST 2011

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Greetings partners in butterfly conservation,

In fall of 2010, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (*IUCN*)
Species Survival Commission (*SSC*) re-formed its* Butterfly Specialist
Group* and named Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces
Society for Invertebrate Conservation, as the group's chair. In this
capacity, Scott will work to bring together scientists and conservationists
to facilitate butterfly conservation action and influence policy worldwide.

In anticipation of this task, we have prepared a short on-line survey with
the aim of identifying current butterfly conservation projects, priorities,
and needs, and the individuals and organizations engaged in these efforts.
The results of this survey will be used to create an action plan to
prioritize individual species status assessments, surveys, and direct
conservation action.

We'd appreciate your help in better understanding what's being done and who
is engaged in butterfly conservation across the world. *Please complete this
brief survey; it should take less than 10 minutes to complete*. Any
information you can give will be of great benefit to the work of the
Butterfly Specialist Group.

We hope to get this survey out as broadly as possible. To help us do this,
once you have filled out the survey, *please forward this information and
the link to the survey:
* to others whose work or experience may be applicable to this specialist
group. We are especially interested in gathering information about butterfly
conservation efforts in areas outside North America and Western Europe, as
the initial aim of this group is to prioritize work in countries and regions
generally underserved by butterfly conservation organizations.

The survey is in English. If this is not your first language, we hope that
you will still be able to read and complete the survey and that language
will not be a barrier to your participation. Unfortunately, the specialist
group doesn't currently have the capacity to present and analyze the survey
in other languages.

If you have any questions, please email them to butterflysg at xerces.org, or
call (503) 232 6639. Thank you for your help in making the Butterfly
Specialist Group a success.


Scott Hoffman Black

Executive Director - The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Chair - IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group


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through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in
1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide,
harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to
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