Re: killing jar
W. Scott Smith (JamesRiver@MCI2000.COM)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 17:56:31 -0400
As a former Ecology/Conservation Director at a Scout Camp and an active
member of various conservation organizations including Trout Unlimited, I
will attempt to share my thoughts on this subject.
Most professionals in the biology field concede that in order to learn about
living things, they have to be able to closely inspect them. This is very
difficult to do with live insects. I work with the Izaak Walton League's
Save Our Streams program and part of the project involves collecting
specimens of aquatic insects to use as teaching tools.
Obviously, we don't want hundreds of kids running around camp every week
capturing and killing any sort of living thing. At my camp, we made a
compromise: The entire merit badge class worked on a common specimen
display. This way, the numbers of insects being killed was kept to a
W. Scott Smith
From: Linda Markley <Linscouts@AOL.COM>
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, July 21, 1998 2:03 PM
Subject: killing jar
>I have been asked this question and I was wondering it also. If we are
>teaching the boys to respect nature and do conservation projects why do we
>show them how to make a killing jar for insects and collect and mount them?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City