When Laura and I presented a BugGuide poster at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America, we were able to interact with many people. There were two themes that we encountered throughout the day.
First, people were genuinely thankful for BugGuide. Many had never created an account or been involved with the community but still relied on BugGuide heavily for insect identification and information. They were enthusiastic and appreciative.
Second, they were shocked to hear that BugGuide does not have any staff. "But it's such an important resource for entomology!" they sputtered. We agree! If this fundraiser is wildly successful, we can start to think about staffing.
How you can help: In your own words, make a post to social media using the #bugguide hashtag and the following link: https://bit.ly/2fG0tFH Share what BugGuide means to you. Spread the word! And thank you for your support. - John