Massive private butterfly collection donated to University of Calgary

We love stories about public involvement in science, especially when they have to do with butterflies! This week, a B.C. resident donated a butterfly collection consisting of over 3000 specimens – including many rare and endangered species – to the University of Calgary. For several decades, George Paclawsky collected butterflies in his spare time as he traveled the world for work. This collection really demonstrates how anyone can contribute to science, and exemplifies the kind of passion that leads many of us to engage in scientific research in one way or another. This donation will ensure that George’s lifelong passion for butterfly collecting will be put to good scientific use – researchers are already planning on using the collection data to explore how butterfly ranges may be changing in response to climate change. See the full story as reported by Global News here.