Our art exhibition on March 3rd and 4th was marvellously well received, both with patronage through the Trinidad and Tobago Art Society's Art Gallery itself and with a large number of donations. Thank you one and all for your kind support, we couldn't do it without you.
A new DVD has been released documenting WORC and recent cases, including a pelican with a badly broken wing. Copies of the DVD can be purchased for $100 TT from Elspeth Duncan, with all proceeds going to WORC.
A fundraiser is in the works for March, 2006! You will have the opportunity to support WORC's invaluable work and acquire a beautiful 8 X 10 photograph taken by one of Trinidad's foremost wildlife photographers. Info and previews of the images can be viewed at worc-exhibition.atspace.com.
Trinidad is dealing with an outbreak of Aspergillosis in several flocks of poultry. Although some members of the media and the public were worried about Avian Influenze (Avian Flu), reports from the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that the deaths are due to a fungus called Apergillus, which resides in the soil and organic matter as spores. These spores can become airborne and inhaled deep into the lungs where they cause one form of pneumonia. Humans are rarely affected -- Apergillosis is generally limited to only those humans who are immunocompromised.
Avian Influenza on the other hand is caused by a virus. The concern and the hype regarding avian flu is the potential for this virus to mutate and become easily transmissible between humans. The strain, H5N1, is an infectous form of the virus spread between both wild birds and domestic poultry. Infection in the wild rarely causes sickness in the bird, and infected birds can spread the virus in their droppings to domestic poultry, pigs or humans. Occassionally this strain infects a human who has come into direct infected poultry or a virus-contaminated surface. This particular strain causes approximately 50% fatality in humans but does not easily jump from human to human (i.e. is not easily transmissible). Unfortunately the influenza virus is known to mutate -- mutations can make a virus more or less infectious and therefore more or less dangerous. If you are handling a wild bird, be sure to wash your hands before eating or handling food.
November 02, 2005
We are very happy to report that our director, Ms. Detta Buch, was recently recognized with the Happy Hippy Hero's Award. Read the interview that was conducted prior to Detta receiving the award, and have a look at the ceremony.