One week after launching, your donations carried Insects Unlocked soaring past our $8k goal! Thanks, everyone! We are grateful for your enthusiasm and humbled by your support.
Our original project was modest. We envisioned students using the University of Texas insect imaging rig to work with preserved museum specimens and to conduct occasional field photography of live subjects at the adjoining Brackenridge Field Lab. Given your unexpected support for our project, and especially given your enthusiasm for public domain photos and videos of behavior, we would love to extend the field component to include more captures of active subjects like parasitic wasps subduing their hosts, jumping spiders courting mates, and yes, dung beetles rolling dung.
The trouble for our field plan, though, is that Insects Unlocked has just one camera. We can untether our 2009-vintage Canon 7D from the lab rig for limited outdoor work, but if we are to go into the field as a team, we will require a team's worth of cameras, as well as accessories like tripods and memory cards.
With a stretch goal of $14000, we will add two more basic SLR camera/lens/flash systems for our students to use, and we will be able to travel to field sites in a diversity of Texas habitats. Your support of free, public science media can make this happen.
Thanks so much for your ongoing contributions, and for spreading the word.