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"
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 whale painting
by Bruce Pearson. One of the exclusive wildlife artworks on
offer in the WLT 'Rainforest Auction' beginning the 16th of
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’
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.
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
Ecuador update: New wildlife sightings
The elusive Jocotoco Antpitta,
a highly endangered bird described as a "melon with pogo-stick
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 big thank you to all the readers of this
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)
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.
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!
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
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