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?
Research and Collections Division
Canadian Museum of Nature
PO Box 3443, Station D
Ottawa, ON. K1P 6P4 CANADA
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.