The Friends and others celebrated 50 years of scientific monitoring of the tortoise at an event held on 2 October at Ellen Brook Nature Reserve. The 65-year-old female Tortoise Number 4 was recaptured and briefly on display. Gerald took the opportunity to do an ultrasound and she was found to have egg follicles; she was released later that day. It was a great day, with good publicity from local papers, a short item on Channel 10 news and since then the UBC and DPaW environmental newsletters have run our article about it.
Sponsorship by Margaret River Chocolate – Treasurer indicated they have donated $4500. Cathy is keeping the newsletter display topped up at the main factory outlet building in the Swan Valley and newsletters are now in the adjacent Providore as well. Next step with them is the display and sculpture between the Chocolate Factory and the Providore. Jan will make enquiries about the time line early in the new year and offer volunteers to help.
DPaW requested Jan write a letter to Boral requesting donation of the land for sale adjoining EBNR. No response, but Alex Errington from DPAW seems pretty certain he has a sponsor to purchase.
Presentations to schools, church groups, scouts/joeys, environmental groups and seniors groups have been requested and held as in previous years.
Publications have been printed professionally and distributed. Two editions of Tortoise Tales have been ably edited by Tanya.
Our brochure has now been updated and 5000 copies printed. Web address and email are more prominent.