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Massachusetts butterflies move north as climate warms
Date:8/19/2012

flies in Massachusetts, have declined by nearly 90%yet these northerly species remain unprotected.

The kind of information collected by the Mass. Butterfly Club is becoming increasingly valuable to scientists and land managers alike. Elizabeth Crone, senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest and another co-author on the study, notes, "Careful datasets from amateur naturalists play a valuable role in our understanding of species dynamics. Scientists constantly ask questions, but sometimes the data just isn't there to provide the answers, and we can't go back in time to collect it. This study would not have been possible without the dedication and knowledge of the data collectors on those 19,000 club trips."


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Contact: Clarisse Hart
hart3@fas.harvard.edu
978-756-6157
Harvard University
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