Another authoritative source of experts
is government: federal, state or province and local. The level of government that you
decide to use will depend on the nature of the information you seek. We have already
learned that the Monarch flies through specific states, so looking at the governments of
those states would make sense.
- First of all, we will go to the government
web site for a specific state. Remember that most states use a common URL for this page, www.state.mo.us , where mo
refers to Missouri. You would change this to www.state.tx.us to load the Texas
state government web page.
- At the Missouri state government page we
find a link to the Executive Department of Conservation. There are a series of drop-down
menus. One is for animals of Missouri. We select butterflies, click Go,
and find a fabulous page about butterflies and how to make a butterfly garden.
- There is not an e-mail address on the
butterfly page, but when we back up to the Executive Department of Conversation pages, we
find an e-mail address, probably for a receptionist. At this point, this person
might be a best bet since he or she is in the business of directing visitors to the best
person for their needs. We would write an e-mail to this address, succinctly
describe who we are and the information we seek, and ask if the reader would suggest the
e-mail address of someone there who might help.