Endangered butterflies released at Edgewood County Park Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Apr 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm
As part of a continuing effort to repopulate the checkerspot butterfly in San Mateo County, a group of biologists and volunteers hand-carried a few dozen of the endangered species into Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve Tuesday afternoon.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8:26 AM
Posted by Not-Extinct, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm
> The checkerspots were extinct in the area by 2003.
There was a time that most of us expected the word “extinct” to mean that all forms of this particular life form was not to be found anywhere—rather than in a small regional area. “Extinct” has such a tone of finality—which is not really true in this case.
It’s a shame that people claiming to be scientists are so readily amenable to the politicization of the normal ups and downs of regional ecology. Wouldn’t it be more reasonable to say that “by 2003 the checkerspots were not to be found in this particular location—due to the disappearance of grasses upon which they subsist”? The checkerspots are not “extinct”—just no longer via at that location.