Old-time firefighters

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Sun Aug 25 18:25:43 CDT 2002

Yup, like a book or journal that should come to a university library.
If you don't see it, you might not ever miss it, even though you feel
the need.
Robin Leech
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Pyle" <deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG>
Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2002 11:26 AM
Subject: Re: Old-time firefighters

> > Connoisseurs of deja vu might like to read the following quote and check
> > out the article from which it was taken:
> >
> > "...the land and fresh-water fauna is disappearing rapidly, and unless
> > now make an organized effort it will be too late to study it
> > and future generations will wonder what manner of people we were not to
> > leave behind us some adequate record of the marvellously interesting
> > of animal life which we had succeeded in exterminating..."
> >
> > Spencer, B. 1921. The necessity for an immediate and co-ordinated
> > investigation into the land and fresh-water fauna of Australia and
> > Tasmania. The Victorian Naturalist 37(10): 120-122.
> Wow!  I was unaware of that publication, but I will definitely track down
> copy.  Thanks!
> > I like to quote Spencer when I promote salvage sampling in Tasmania, but
> > people see that date, 1921, and think, "Gee, it can't be that urgent if
> > we've still got all this nature around us, 80 years later." The fallacy
> > here is subtle. In Tasmania and in Spencer's Melbourne-area Victoria
> > had huge habitat losses and undoubtedly species extinctions in those 80
> > years, but what's missing and extinct isn't part of the argument
> > because no pre-loss inventories were done.
> EXACTLY!!  "You can't know a species has gone extinct, if you never knew
> existed in the first place."
> > If I were REALLY cynical I'd explain the
> > paucity of inventory work since Rio 1992 as a deliberate strategy on the
> > part of governments friendly to developers. If there's no record of the
> > biota from that vanished habitat, then there's no evidence of loss...
> I'm not quite that cynical....yet....but I still think it's a shame that
> this perspective (the loss of biodiversity without knowing its existence)
> isn't promoted more often, or understood more broadly both within and
> outside of academia.
> Aloha,
> Rich
> Richard L. Pyle
> Ichthyology, Bishop Museum
> 1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
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