The BSC has had great influence on the direction and quality of Canadian entomology. The BSC identifies gaps in knowledge at a national level and its projects draw in participants, thereby attaining a scope that would not be possible otherwise, especially given current limitations in the country in scientific expertise for systematics and ecology. The BSC’s interests are integrated nationally with those of the ESC. The work of synthesis of knowledge has led to the production of four major books by the Survey, as well as many shorter publications. A number of long-term scientific projects focus active efforts on key topics, and have begun where existing interest or resources made them feasible, or where interest was generated by Survey initiatives. Results from several projects have already been published. Moreover, numerous graduate students have been steered towards BSC projects and carry on these interests later.

The BSC’s briefs have been widely used and influence the way that research is done. They also address matters of general concern to biologists, both through liaison with responsible agencies and by producing appropriate commentaries. For example, briefs or reports about insect collections, standards for label data, environmental impact, long-term monitoring, climatic change, arctic studies, spring faunas, ectoparasites of vertebrates, procedures for biodiversity studies and other topics have been produced. The BSC briefs are also used by wider audiences, such as managers or biologists charged with local biodiversity assessments, and its web site has a very wide reach, extending well beyond entomologists.

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