|The Alberta Lepidopterists' Guild was formally inaugurated
on October 16, 1999 at Olds College, Alberta. Gary Anweiler, who sowed
the seeds for ALG, was our founding president. The initial group of 16
people comprised a mixture of amateur and professional entomologists with
a particular interest in Lepidoptera, or with a willingness to encourage
and support those of us who do. Since that time the group has almost tripled
in size, including members from adjacent areas. Our membership includes
all the authors of the popular guidebooks "Alberta Butterflies"
and “Butterflies of Alberta". Most active members of ALG are
concentrating on the Alberta moth fauna, which is poorly known in comparison
to the butterflies. New technology such as mini-generators, low-cost ultraviolet
and mercury vapor bulbs, flatbed scanners and the internet, has fueled
a resurgence of interest in the moth fauna by making it much easier to
collect and identify specimens.
Our members are involved in a number of Lepidoptera-related projects.
Since Felix Sperling returned to the University of Alberta as a
professor in 1999, he has given a major boost to ALG by revitalizing
the historical Bowman Lepidoptera Collection. He has also initiated
Museum Project, which hosts a growing number of species pages
on Alberta Lepidoptera.
Besides that collection, ALG members curate major institutional
collections at the Canadian
Forest Service lab in Edmonton, and at Olds College near Calgary.
A new checklist of AB Lepidoptera is also in the works, to replace
Ken Bowman's 1951 list.
government personnel (several of whom are members of the group) have been
very co-operative in granting permission to collect in provincial parks
and other protected areas in return for reports on the Lepidoptera found
there and for the use of the report findings in the ANHIC
"tracking list". This co-operation has culminated in members of ALG
being invited to join a multi-year survey of newly established Provincial
Parks in extreme northeastern Alberta [Boreal
Shield Inventory Project]. Besides survey and inventory work, members
are involved in research on Lepidoptera systematics, Lepidoptera pests
of agricultural and forested lands, and the use of Lepidoptera as biodiversity
indicators. Members of the group have also been invited to give talks
or put on demonstrations, complete with light sheets and traps, for a
number of Natural History and Conservation groups. ALG Members also participate
in or organize many of the record number of butterfly
counts that are done in Alberta each season. Perhaps most importantly,
we have done a lot of collecting all over the province, adding a significant
number of new species to the Alberta list. The most ambitious project
in our short history was hosting the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists'
Society at Olds College. This event drew researchers and collectors
from all over the world, to share their knowledge.
ALG position on collecting lepidoptera (.pdf)
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