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    New "Tactics and Vectors" Web Site

    Donald Davis (Donald_Davis@stubbs.woodsworth.utoronto.ca)
    Sun, 7 Sep 1997 12:03:28 -0500

    Dr. David Gibo, Erindale College, University of Toronto, has studied monarc=
    h butterfly flight tactics for over 20 years and recently set up a web sit=
    e to promote field studies by volunteer researchers on the flight behaviour=
    and navigation of migrating butterflies in North America. He invites all =
    interested individuals to participate in this study.=20

    Dr. Gibo's website is wealth of information concerning migrating butterfly =
    species, flight strategies, hypotheses about butterfly migration. He notes=
    that at least 9 other North American butterflly species migrate north, so=
    uth and /or soar in thermals - noting that the list of species is subject t=
    o change as more information becomes available.=20

    Following the example of Dr. Fred Urquhart and others in enabling individu=
    als lacking extensive post secondary education to make significant contribu=
    tions to a long term scientific project, Dr. Gibo provides information conc=
    erning the tools and methods required to gather data. The basic field kit c=
    onsists of a pair of binoculars, a good compass, a watch, a method of measu=
    ring the wind, a thermometer, a clipboard and data forms.

    The description of hypotheses on navigation by migrating monarch butterflie=
    s is particularly well done, and includes the basic concept, assumptions, p=
    redictions, limitations of the hypotheses, advantages and problems of navig=
    ating as described by the hypotheses, and various tests, limitations and pr=
    oblems related to the hypotheses.

    An Associate Professor of Zoology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Gibo h=
    as made many significant contributions in the areas of animal behaviour, en=
    tomology, forensic entomology, mechanisms of evolution and has published nu=
    merous scientific papers. Dr. Gibo has studied monarch flight from ultrali=
    ght aircraft and gliders, and has even made use of surplus W.W.II radar equ=
    ipment in his studies=21

    Dr. Gibo's web site can be accessed at: http://www.erin.utoronto.ca/=7Ew3gi=
    bo. Dr. Gibo can also be contacted at: dgibo=40credit.erin.utoronto.ca.


    Dr. Gibo's site offers a number of interesting links to other sites, such a=
    s Journey North, the Monarch Watch, the red admiral and painted lady websit=

    The Red Admiral and Painted Lady Website can also be reached at: http:www.p=

    Don Davis

    Toronto, ON