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Volunteers join scientists to seed burying beetles | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 14 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jun 16, 2011, titled Volunteers join scientists to seed burying beetles | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

In the name of the environment, Olivia Blatt, 7, grabs a dead rat from the bag held by botanist Cheryl Coon and places it in a hole to act as a host for a pair of American burying beetles in the Wayne National Forest.

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Big D

Columbus, OH

#1 Jun 16, 2011
Why are they wearing hard hats?
Van Owen

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 16, 2011
What a great Dad. Giving your daughter, for her 7th birthday, a dead rat and two bugs.
Dr Phil

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 16, 2011
Big D wrote:
Why are they wearing hard hats?
It is a well known fact that digging around in the dirt is extremely dangerous! Thousands are critically injured in the U.S. each year from accidental head injuries caused by head-to-head collisions. The wearing of hard hats really helps by reducing the number of these horrific injuries; they save lives; and they help keep medical costs down.
Lets Get Real

United States

#4 Jun 16, 2011
They should release them in Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown...plenty of decay up there!
No really

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 16, 2011
Big D wrote:
Why are they wearing hard hats?
Despite Dr. Phil's amusing answer, I'm guessing the actual reason is that they're in a forest where there is a small chance someone could get hit by a falling branch. Requiring volunteer participants to wear a hard hat and, more importantly, sign a waiver reduces the liklihood of liability in the event of a bizarre accident.

Or it could be something else entirely.
Columbus IT worker

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Jun 16, 2011
Let me see if I get this correct. The bug is going extinct because of it's inability to adapt to the changing environment.(Called Evolution)
We are trying to re-establish the bug becuase?(We dont' believe in letting eveolution take place)
Yet, we call those that speak out in favor of Creationism as nut cases? Though using the logic for both systems, it is more reasonable to believe that Creationists would be the ones trying to save and repopulate endangered species where as Evoltionists would be in favor of letting evolution run it's course and the weaker species die off.

Just food for thought.. better than the dead rat they gave the beetles.
Uncommon sense

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 16, 2011
Columbus IT worker wrote:
Let me see if I get this correct. The bug is going extinct because of it's inability to adapt to the changing environment.(Called Evolution)
We are trying to re-establish the bug becuase?(We dont' believe in letting eveolution take place)
Yet, we call those that speak out in favor of Creationism as nut cases? Though using the logic for both systems, it is more reasonable to believe that Creationists would be the ones trying to save and repopulate endangered species where as Evoltionists would be in favor of letting evolution run it's course and the weaker species die off.
Just food for thought.. better than the dead rat they gave the beetles.
Unless the reason they are going extinct is our own making and we are trying to prevent our own extinction by saving other species.
http://www.whole-systems.org/extinctions.html
Columbus IT worker

Cincinnati, OH

#9 Jun 16, 2011
Uncommon sense wrote:
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Unless the reason they are going extinct is our own making and we are trying to prevent our own extinction by saving other species.
http://www.whole-systems.org/extinctions.html
So if extintion is due to another animal it is ok, just not if we humans cause it? wow the ego you have.....
Rob

Columbus, OH

#10 Jun 16, 2011
i have an idea!!! maybe they dont like the type of rats they are using. maybe ghetto rats would work better! i'm sure we can spare a few dozen in the interest of science!
Bullx

Columbus, OH

#11 Jun 16, 2011
Maybe we need to do this in the Metroparks. There are plenty of "Ghettorats" that need controlling! I'll even dig the holes!
Spooktackular

United States

#12 Jun 16, 2011
Bullx wrote:
Maybe we need to do this in the Metroparks. There are plenty of "Ghettorats" that need controlling! I'll even dig the holes!
Dig hell I will bring a couple of dozers for mass graves. Too many Ghettorats , too little land in the metro parks.
Cindy Donahey

Columbus, OH

#13 Jun 17, 2011
They should leave the dead animal above ground, maybe deer kill, just as it happens in nature. Maybe throw leaves or mulch on top. but no digging holes in the soil. I am not sure they eat rats naturally either.

I am not a fan of hunters dragging deer corpses to the side of the road either. But since this is done, maybe they could try this as it is convenient. They could also use road kill, in rural areas.

Since: Jul 10

Lewis Center, OH

#14 Jun 17, 2011
No really wrote:
<quoted text>
Despite Dr. Phil's amusing answer, I'm guessing the actual reason is that they're in a forest where there is a small chance someone could get hit by a falling branch. Requiring volunteer participants to wear a hard hat and, more importantly, sign a waiver reduces the liklihood of liability in the event of a bizarre accident.
Or it could be something else entirely.
It could be because they think hard hats are really cool.
Rob

Columbus, OH

#15 Jun 17, 2011
Cindy Donahey wrote:
They should leave the dead animal above ground, maybe deer kill, just as it happens in nature. Maybe throw leaves or mulch on top. but no digging holes in the soil. I am not sure they eat rats naturally either.
I am not a fan of hunters dragging deer corpses to the side of the road either. But since this is done, maybe they could try this as it is convenient. They could also use road kill, in rural areas.
well, you are quite the dead animal/corpse eating beetle expert, aren't ya?!?

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