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The World Land Trust eBulletin Issue 42, October 2006

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In this issue:
Give a little, save a lot this “National Giving Week”
Ecuador update: New wildlife sightings
eBulletin appeal receives tremendous response
News in brief

Give a little, save a lot this "National Giving Week"

Give it up for National Giving week 16-22 October 2006

National Giving week encourages everyone to think about what is important to them and support a charity with those aims. This yea's National Giving Week is launching a new, thought-provoking campaign with the theme of "Give it up for ..."

There are already lots of things that people do to support their favourite charities, not least sending donations, but the idea that one make a stronger commitment is an inspiring notion. What would you be willing to give up for your favourite charity? A night out with friends? Driving to work? Some of your possessions?

Straptoothed beaked whales
Straptoothed beaked whale painting by Bruce Pearson. One of the exclusive wildlife artworks on offer in the WLT 'Rainforest Auction' beginning the 16th of October.

To coincide with National Giving Week the World Land Trust is holding an eBay for charity 'Rainforest Auction' of items which have been generously given to the WLT to raise money for wildlife conservation projects.

The items for sale include a selection of stunning original watercolour illustrations from the "Collins Gem Guide to Rare Mammals of the World” by renowned wildlife artist, and long-term WLT supporter, Bruce Pearson. Other items which have been' given up' for auction include wildlife prints by artists such as Edward Wade, as well as the exclusive Carbon Balanced ‘Carbon Boy’ and ‘Carbon Girl’ t-shirts!

The auction will be running all week, from Monday the 16th to Sunday 22nd of October. So make sure you don’t miss your chance to bid for these exclusive items and check the website from Monday for direct links to the “live” auction pages on eBay.

More information about the items for sale in the Auction for Rainforest here
http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/rainforest-auction.htm

Become a community seller for the WLT

Have you got anything to 'give up' for wildlife?

In addition to the "Rainforest Auction" the World Land Trust is encouraging supporters to sell their unwanted items on behalf of the charity and becoming community sellers for the WLT. As a registered charity the World Land Trust can accept donations from MissionFish registered eBay users allowing sellers to give the world a present every time they make a sale.

The procedure is easy: once registered with MissionFish, simply select the World Land Trust as the benefiting charity and after your item has successfully sold and shipped and the money received, the donation is collected by Mission Fish and directed to WLT. The listed charity items will appear with an “eBay for charity icon” along with the WLT logo and the percentage of the price donated to charity and will be an added incentive for people to bid! See http://pages.ebay.co.uk/community/charity/sellerinfo.html for information.

Ecuador update: New wildlife sightings

Jocotoco Antpitta
The elusive Jocotoco Antpitta, a highly endangered bird described as a "melon with pogo-stick legs".

Jocotoco Antpittas found in new WLT reserve

A pair of Jocotoco Antpittas have been discovered on a parcel of land that has recently been purchased with funds provided by WLT. This piece of forest, which runs down to Quebrada Honda, has been incorporated into the Tapichalaca Reserve, owned by WLT's Ecuador partners the Jocotoco Foundation. Almost the entire known population of Jocotoco Antpittas exists in the Tapichalaca reserve, which provides excellent low altitude habitat for the birds. It is hoped that, with protection, they will breed and spread their range in this area.

Also discovered recently: A Peruvian Antpitta, which has not been recorded on Jocotoco Foundation reserves previously. These rare birds are particularly secretive and mysterious and are found only in isolated forest patches on the eastern slope of the Andes in south Ecuador and north Peru.

A rare Southern Tamandua, or Collared Anteater was recently found in the Buenaventura reserve for the first time. Read more at: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/news-archive

Read more about the Ecuador project
http://www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/ecuador.htm

Make a donation to WLT's Ecuador project
http://www.worldlandtrust.org/supporting/donation.htm

eBulletin appeal receives tremendous response

A big thank you to all the readers of this eBulletin

In the last issue I suggested that some of you who were not already supporting the work of the World Land Trust might like to make a donation, or even sign up as Partners. And the response has been tremendous. For all of us at the World Land Trust this is very encouraging. The readers of our eBulletin are among the best informed of our supporters — they are the ones who know exactly how active we all are. And there is a lot going on. Our Partner organisations have opportunities for buying overseas, several more parcels of land — in Paraguay for instance at prices ranging from $20 a hectare upwards. And new opportunities for saving parts of the largest tracts of the critically endangered Atlantic rainforests are occurring in Argentina. So in thanking all our new supporters, I would also like to encourage any readers who have not got round to it, to try and find time to make a donation. But if you can't afford it, please don't feel pressurised. It doesn't cost us anything to send an eBulletin, and it helps spread the word.
John Burton (WLT CEO)

Barn Owl Christmas card by Bruce pearson - order this card hereNews in brief

Wildlife Christmas cards supporting conservation

On offer this year is a new barn owl design by Bruce Pearson , as well as two designs from previous years. All three are exclusive to the World Land Trust and can be ordered online, over the telephone or by post.

Order WLT Christmas cards here
http://www.worldlandtrust.org/christmas/order.htm

New website for Jocotoco Foundation

WLT Partner organisation the Jocotoco Foundation has a new website, thanks to Jack Astbury at the World Land Trust, who re-designed the website as part of his internship with the Trust. The new site features a section on the multitude of species - animals and plants - that can be found in the Foundation's eight reserves in Ecuador. Visit the website at www.fjocotoco.org

New WLT sponsor: Moneyjungle.net

Providing a clear path through the financial jungle while saving the real thing for posterity

Moneyjungle.net is an exciting, new online marketplace of investment and business opportunities. It offers impartial information on a comprehensive range of business, investment, franchise and other moneymaking opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. For every 1000 members, Moneyjungle.net is pledging to save an acre of forest in Ecuador or Brazil on their behalf. Furthermore, 25% of all advertising revenue is donated to WLT.

WLT staff obtain Spanish language qualification

WLT are always working to improve communication with our project partners and last month Anne Clifford, Kirsty Burgess and Helena Åkerlund passed their GCSE Spanish exam with flying colours: All three received top A* grades!

Ebulletin survey results

Back in February we asked you to tell us what you would like to read about in the eBulletin and 78 readers promptly obliged. We will incorporate your views into future issues of the newsletter. Read the responses in full here: www.worldlandtrust.org/ebulletin/ebulletin-survey-results.htm

Book review and special offer for eBulletin readers

Jungle of the Maya by Douglas Goodell & Jerry Barrack has been reviewed on the WLT website and WLT sponsors NHBS has kindly offered the book at a special price of £18.00 (R.R.P. £21.00) for eBulletin readers and WLT supporters. Read the book review and more about the offer at: www.worldlandtrust.org/reviews/jungle-of-maya.htm

Also on the WLT website:

Brazil holiday competition - Thank you for taking part
http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/news-archive

New wildlife ecards by Martin Woodcock http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/news-archive

WLT News, Autumn 2006 issue now available online www.worldlandtrust.org/newsletters/index.htm

Green Issues blog: More about Soya beans and wildlife
www.worldlandtrust.org/news/2006/10/more-about-soya-beans-and-wildlife.htm

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