We did it!
A big thank you to all our supporters for your generosity in ensuring The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) reached its 15th Anniversary Appeal target of raising £150,000 by the end of April.
GCT's chief executive, Toni Darton, said: "Last year
GCT identified three priority areas that, we believe, not only contain
the biggest threats but also, between them, hold the key to saving this
natural treasure for future generations to enjoy.
"The Appeal was launched to help fund projects that
address these priorities and we are delighted that so many people have
shown their support for this vital work."
The three broad areas are Island Restoration,
Climate Change and Social Issues and form the basis of our 15 Steps to
Save Galapagos. These will remain our focus for 2011. You can find out
more about our 15 Steps to Help Save Galapagos, by clicking here.
Join in this year's Blue-footed Booby Day by wearing a pair of blue socks or shoes and donating just £2 on JustGiving or on our website.
GCT's chief executive, Toni Darton, says:
"Blue-footed Booby Day will help make people aware of the need to
protect this amusing but vulnerable bird from joining other Galapagos
birds and animals in danger of extinction and, we hope, raise vital
funds to support this conservation work."
You don't necessarily have to limit yourself to
wearing blue socks or shoes. Why not start planning your own activities
in support of Blue-footed Booby Day? There are plenty of ideas on our website and you can have a look here at how some of our supporters celebrated Blue-footed Booby Day last year.
Don't forget you can also share ideas, images and videos on GCT's Facebook.
We would love to hear from you!
We are pleased to announce that the BBC's David Shukman has accepted our invitation to be this year's guest speaker at Galapagos Day which will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday 14 September at the Royal Geographical Society.
David has been the BBC's Environment and Science
Correspondent since 2003 and has reported from locations that reach
every corner of the globe including the Arctic, the Amazon and the
He has covered climate change on many assignments
and has also experienced at first hand GCT's two other priority areas
for conservation in Galapagos: Island Restoration and Social Issues.
Please click here
to read an article about Galapagos and a video on Lonesome George by
David, written by following his visit to the Islands for the Darwin
Bicentenary in 2009.
For more information on Galapagos Day and how to book your tickets please click here.
Well-known artist Vanessa Garwood, whose impressive
cv includes the Visitor's Choice award at the National Portrait Gallery
2005 BP award, has pledged to support her friends Georgia Berry and Max
Fraser, who are taking part in Scotland's Cape Wrath marathon for
Blue-footed Booby Day.
Vanessa has supported her friends by donating her framed painting Portrait VI to raise funds by auction for Blue-footed Booby Day.
At the time of this eNews the current bid was £250. To find out more and place your bid for this valuable work, please click here.
GCT's volunteers are the backbone of our organisation and without them we could never achieve so much!
From time to time we require the help of volunteers
with skills in a particular field- usually to help us with a specific
project or piece of work but also occasionally to come into the office
to help on a more regular basis. This could be in anything from graphic
design to research; marketing to human resources; facilitating workshops
to proof reading; and sourcing second hand furniture and equipment to
writing articles. As you can see, the list is endless!
We are currently trying to build a pool of
volunteers that we can call upon when needed. Specifically we need: a
photographic volunteer; a fundraising volunteer; and general office
volunteers. If you feel you might have particular skills or experience
that could support the work of our small team, then please click here for job descriptions and information on how to apply.
On 31 March, 2011, the Charles Darwin Foundation
(CDF) hosted a two-day workshop to analyse The Experience of Visitors to
the Galapagos National Park (GNP) and Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF)
Bi-institutional Area - the Charles Darwin Research Station, which is
home to to Lonesome George. This popular site is on almost every
visitor's itinerary and GCT is funding a feasibility study to
investigate ways to enhance the visitor experience.
The purpose of the workshop was to explore
opportunities for improvement and innovation in tourist interpretation
at the institutions' shared facilities in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
The event brought together such international
experts as Ian Parkin from Great Britain, who has over 30 years'
experience in heritage interpretation; Richard Morales, a Panamanian
naturalist guide with 15 years' experience who is a certified National
Association for Interpretation (NAI) trainer; and Randal Keynes, CDF
Board member, GCT Ambassador, and great-great-grandson of Charles
CDF and GNP staff, naturalist guides, and special
guests attending the workshop pooled their knowledge, experience and
aspirations to create a visitor experience that is informative, exciting
and educational, covering the vital work done by the GNP and CDF.
A report and recommendations will be completed over the coming months.
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