Monday, November 5, 2012
Looking forward - looking back
The coming of the colder weather means that our focus will soon change from Collection to Curation. In the cold months between now and the start of the new spring collecting season ( typically for us around February 21) we curate the years' captures, pack unspread specimens for safekeeping, write up our Season Summaries, plan for any other scholarly papers and of course begin to plan next season's activities. It is a great time to catch our breath and start dreaming about the next season.
We are excited to have accomplished so much in 2012 and 2013 should be a really exciting time. We are planning several trips to East Texas for collection and several night lighting trips. I am looking forward to working with the folks from BRIT - they have so much that they can teach me - my bugs are intimately involved with plants and now it is so clear that to not understand the botanical side is a short coming for me. I need to learn the flora up here much better in order to begin a more complete understanding of the ecology in general. I hope to stay in touch with Dr. Tony Burgess and increase my ecological comprehension of these unique areas.
I will be focusing next year on micro-lepidoptera. The small moths that I have overlooked for so long. This focus will allow me to further expand the number of species found and known from East Texas and give me the opportunity to perfect my spreading skills. This will in fact be a major challenge but I have received good instructions from Dr. Sangmi Lee, The Skeptical Moth and several others on how to do this and do it well.
It should be a very cool year.
As you head into your downtime remember to set your goals high for next year.
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