This sounds totally nifty. Alas, I have absolutely no excuse to sign up, since I’m not involved in butterfly rearing or restoration, but I really want to go!

The Florida Museum of Natural History/McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida and the Butterfly Conservation Initiative are requesting scholarship applications for a new professional training program….designed to strengthen the capacity of institutions and their staff to play a strategic role in imperiled butterfly recovery.

Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management (IBCM) is designed for professionals from natural history museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, arboretums, nature centers, science/technology centers or similar conservation-based institutions. Successful applicants will participate in a series of five (5) intensive four-day laboratory and field training workshops over three years from 2009 to
2011. Workshops and on-going mentoring will provide structured, hands-on skills training, opportunities to share information, learn best-practices, and foster new collaborations, as well as the resources necessary to launch or enhance important butterfly-focused conservation programs.

*A total of twenty-five (25) full scholarships will be available*.
Scholarships cover ALL participant costs including domestic airfare and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, and meal stipend. Multiple individuals from each institution may apply. Application deadline is February 23, 2009.
For an application or more information, please contact Dr. Jaret Daniels at <email removed, but you can find it here>.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Too bad you’re not going. I’m one of the teachers.

  2. I did think briefly about putting some breeding programs in to go with our prairie restorations–and then I thought about the time involved, and the way our endowments have crashed in the markets, and decided to just focus on killing the Canada thistle that’s invading.


  3. Ah, well, it would have been a cool opportunity to meet you.

    I didn’t know that ecological management was among your many talents. The time commitment to a butterfly restoration project is as bad as you anticipate.

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