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Are there ANY well-documented examples of scientific collecting (not collecting for food or similar reason) contributing significantly to the extinction (or near extinction) of a species?

Robert Anderson
Research and Collections Division
Canadian Museum of Nature
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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lynn Kimsey
Sent: June-18-14 11:57 AM
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Subject: NPR news on collecting

Folks,

I know that some of you signed the letter to Science to counter the anti-collecting article published by Minteer et al. but now NPR has picked up the article giving it airplay (http://www.npr.org/2014/06/18/318307574/is-collecting-animals-for-science-a-noble-mission-or-a-threat). Something needs to be done to further counter this article as making this news will serve to make collecting and species level taxonomy even more difficult than it already is.

Any thoughts?

Lynn Kimsey