As 2009 draws to an end, we would like to take the opportunity to recognise and thank you for your interest, support and inspiration throughout the year.
It is also timely that we celebrate some of this year's achievements and highlights:
- Earthwatch is awarded the 2009 Prime Minister's Environmentalist of the Year.
- Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard MP officially launches ClimateWatch. Less than two months later, the 1,000th ClimateWatch observation is recorded online.
- Scientist for a Day is rolled out with two projects in Sydney and one in Brisbane.
- Earthwatch volunteers on Turtles in Trouble help researchers triage 'Molly', one of many injured turtles recovered from Moreton Bay. Molly is rehabilitated and successfully released two months later; dozens more are not so fortunate.
- Earthwatch volunteers on Project Manta help record over 300 individual manta rays and confirm the seasonal migration of mantas on the east coast.
- Melbourne's Microbats launches Scientist for a Day in Melbourne. It is the first comprehensive urban study of its kind in the world.
On behalf of Earthwatch Australia, all the best for the holiday season and we look forward to hearing from you in the New Year!
Richard Gilmore, Executive Director