We're excited to announce that in just a few months, Viv Pattison and Keith Moore will be heading off to Cape Town, South Africa to make presentations about the Ancient Murrelets of East Limestone Island at the 2nd World Seabird Conference. The two will be speaking to our 26 years of experience, and all that we have learned in partnership with over 1200 citizen scientists! It is an absolute honour to have been invited, and we cannot wait to speak about the global significance of our local seabird populations, and the threats that they face.
As an organization, we are working hard to raise the funds needed to support Viv's trip. Viv was born in Queen Charlotte and first went to Limestone as a young student with the Living and Learning School. She spent summers volunteering with us before taking on the role of biologist and field camp supervisor. Viv has spent the last few months on Limestone Island as our camp supervisor, where she worked with volunteers, school groups and teachers as they participated in the research and monitoring of seabirds, marine mammals and other wildlife in Laskeek Bay. Viv has been a devoted supporter of the organization over the years, and her passion for conservation are what we hope to inspire in all youth. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her involved in our delegation in South Africa!
But of course, a trip to South Africa is no small endeavor. Our fundraising campaign was generously kicked off with a donation from the Credit Union. A private donor has since helped with the cost of Viv's flight, but we're still working to collect funding for registration and other travel costs. To support Viv, swing by the Queen Charlotte Visitors Center or the Credit Union to participate in a loonie-toonie drive, supported by TONS of great prizes from local artists and businesses. We will be selling tickets until July 31st, and will host the draw the following week on August 3rd! You can also make straight donations to us online, at our office or at the Credit Union.