IUCN Survey on Butterfly Conservation

Scott Black of the Xerces Society and IUCN SSC Butterfly Specialist Group has posted a request for those involved in butterfly conservation programs to fill out the survey described below in his email to a number of butterfly listservs:

>>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: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e39t3abkgiro65gp/start to others whose work or experience may be applicable to this specialist group. Copy and paste the above URL into your web browser to access the survey. 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.

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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