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1% for Orchid Conservation Update 23
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Hello All,

Summary of News:

1. The Green Swamp, NC Article in AOS Orchids
2. Article about Orchid Conservation in Crete in Orchid Digest
3. The Tucuman Parrot Reserve: Plant (Orchid) Inventory
4. Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Boardwalk Funded
5. Orchid Conservation Alliance 2012 Conservation Calendar for sale
6. Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary Cours e
7. Orchid Quest 2012 - Orchid Growers' Guild Madison, WI
8. Pacific Orchid Exposition 60th Anniversary, "A Salute to the Golden Gate"
9. Orchid Show Conservation Displays
10. Starting a Local Native Orchid Information Database- Ottawa Orchid Society example.
11. Reminder - March 1, 2012 is the date we are shooting for participating orchid societies to give their 2011 1% FOC donation to the orchid conservation project or organization of their choice.

1.The Green Swamp, NC Article

Calopogon tuberosus pictureThis article was published in August, 2011 AOS Orchids. The online article features 325 outstanding  photos by 10 photographers giving you an in depth look of the Green Swamp. The article goes into the conservation challenges faced in saving this amazing habitat. Many of the conservation challenges faced in the green swamp are also threatening other habitats around the world.

http://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/hl/greenswampnc.html


Calopogon tuberosus in front of pitcher plants © Skip Pudney




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2. The Orchids of Crete and their Conservation to appear in the upcoming Orchid Digest (1st quarter of 2012)

Crete OrchidThis article is an on the ground look at orchid and flower conservation on the island of Crete.

Features spectacular photos by 5 photographers.

Look for it in the Orchid Digest.

Ophrys © Paul Harcourt Davies



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3. The Tucuman Parrot Reserve: Plant (Orchid) Inventory

Tucuman ParrotCloud forests extend along the eastern slope of the mountain ranges of the Andes -- the Southern Yungas -- between Bolivia and Argentina. The Southern Yungas ecosystem is characterized by great biological diversity (as diverse, perhaps, as the tropical rain forest) and is considered one of the most threatened ecosystems in Bolivia. The Southern Yungas have been poorly studied botanically.
Asociacion Armonía is seeking donation(s)of $900.00 to do a plant inventory of this reserve. For more information:

http://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/pr/tucumanparrot.html

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4.
Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve receives funds to build a boardwalk and interpretive trail

arethusa bulbosa Congratulations to Debwendon Inc and the Native Orchid Conservation, Inc. (NOCI) for funding for their project.

"The premier noted, Eugene Reimer, a long-time naturalist and board member of Native Orchid Conservation Inc., has donated $600,000 to the Winnipeg Foundation to establish the Eugene Reimer Environment Fund. The fund will provide an annual grant to Debwendon to maintain the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. "It brings me great joy and satisfaction to make a contribution towards protecting these wetlands where I spent so many happy hours enjoying and learning about nature," said Reimer."

Thank You Eugene Reimer.

More information: http://www.nativeorchid.org/BrkndAnn1.htm
Additional information at: http://www.debwendon.org/
http://www.nativeorchid.org/
http://www.orchidconservationcoalition.org/pr/brokenheadtrail.html

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5.
Orchid Conservation Alliance 2012 Conservation Calendar for sale

oca 2012 calendar
With numerous photos from famed orchid photographer Ron Parsons, this beautiful calendar will grace your wall throughout 2012. Each calendar is
11" x 8.5" and includes images of twelve lovely orchid species, many of which are endangered in the wild. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar will support the conservation activities of the OCA. The cost of each calendar is only $8.50 and includes shipping. If you'd like to purchase more than 10 calendars, please contact us and ask about quantity pricing.

http://www.orchidconservationalliance.org/





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6.
Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary Course

gbs housing On Jan 1st, 2012, Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary (GBS) will launch Programme 1 of the Landscapes and Lifeskills Course.  Please know that this 5 month course is a partnership between GBS and Himal Prakriti, and this year, a number of other related groups in the Western Ghats as well.

Payment will be decided on a case by case basis. For people staying in the valley in the open air dwelling with the rest of the group, the fee requested is Rs. 1000/day. For those staying at the main GBS area, the fee requested is Rs. 2000/day. All money over and above the cost of the programme will go towards supporting native plant species or young persons of rural and adivasi origin who cannot afford this fee.

Link to the online brochure: http://www.gbsanctuary.org/articles/Landscapes_Lifeskills.pdf

or e-mail Suprabha Seshan at jungler@gmail.com

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7.
Orchid Quest 2012 - Orchid Growers' Guild Madison, WI
Orchid Quest 2012, sponsored by the Madison Orchid Growers’ Guild, will be held at Exhibition Hall the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI. The show is Saturday February 4, 10AM to 5 PM and Sunday February 5, 10 AM to 4 PM.

orchid quest 2012 poster

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8.
Pacific Orchid Exposition 60th Anniversary, "A Salute to the Golden Gate"
The Pacific Orchid Exposition, held at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion on February 23-26, is themed "A Salute to the Golden Gate". The iconic San Francisco structure is celebrating its 75th anniversary and the Pacific Orchid Exposition (POE) will partner up to showcase orchid displays in true San Francisco fashion.

Date/Time: Thurs, February 23 (Gala Benefit) - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Fri, February 24 - 10am - 6pm
Sat, February 25 - 9am - 6pm
Sun, February 26 - 10am - 5pm

poe 2012 flyer
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9.
Orchid Show Conservation Displays

If Orchid Societies have a conservation information table or display at their orchid show, take a picture and send it to me. Also if you have any suggestions you would like to share with other orchid societies in putting together an orchid conservation display, let me know.

alamo os show gruene os display 2010

Laurie White, Georgianne Smith, and Sheila Kies from the Gruene Orchid Society won best conservation exhibit at the Alamo Orchid Society "Orchid Fandango" show/ American Orchid Society's Fall 2011 Meeting. She had help from Joe Liggio a co-author of The Wild Orchids of Texas.

alamo os show gruene os display 2010

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10.
Starting a Local Native Orchid Information Database- Ottawa Orchid Society example.

Not too long ago one of our Ottawa Orchid Society members made an observation that we post many images of orchids on our web site and in our newsletter but do not have any information on our local wild orchids. Why don’t we have such information on our website? Good question. I guess no one had really given this much thought. After a bit of discussion, agreement was reached very quickly that this would be a worthwhile undertaking. A member solicited input from Society members and got a tremendous amount of input and images.  The specific link dealing with our local wild orchids is www.ottawaorchidsociety.com/ottawa_native.html . An invitation has been extended to all Society members for further contributions. We are confident our data base will expand as further images and information are submitted. We are certain that folks will enjoy collecting this information and taking pictures of our local wild orchids. This initiative will most certainly increase our Society members’ awareness of our local growing orchids. Visitors to Ottawa who may be interested in our local wild orchids will now have a point of reference from which to start.

Rick Sobkowicz
President & Editor
Ottawa Orchid Society

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11.
Reminder - March 1, 2012 is the date we are shooting for participating orchid societies to give their 2011 1% FOC donation to the the orchid conservation project or organization of their choice. Thank you for your support of orchid conservation.

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