Emily: October 2007 Archives
I ran across this tidbit while cleaning out my inbox; corals have been added to the IUCN Red List for the first time. The coral pictured in this news item from National Geographic is the Floreana coral - one of ten corals found near the Galapagos Islands that have been added to the list of threatened species. A startling fact also mentioned in the above item is that coral reefs in the Indian and Pacific Ocean are vanishing faster than rain forests.
I was lucky enough to visit the Galapagos when I was 10, the summer between 5th and 6th grade - too young to fully appreciate where I was, but old enough to still think it was pretty cool. My aunt, my mother's youngest sister, lived on the Galapagos for 13 years and worked as a herpetologist for the Charles Darwin Research Center. Her love was, and is, tortoises - the giant tortoises of the Galapagos being the subject of her Ph.D. thesis. So not only did I get to visit these incredible islands, including a week long boat tour, I had a member of my family as an expert guide.
I was sucked into MySpace more than a year ago, and Facebook more recently, by friends and family who wanted to share their wonders with me, or more realistically just boost their friend count. I've spent many an hour "wasting" time writing comments, renewing friendships, playing games, attacking vampires and sending "gifts" (among other things) on these two networking sites. Yet these websites, now frequented by millions of other users, can be a great marketing tool for a nonprofit.
When the idea of creating a MySpace page for Seacology came up, I was very interested in designing it myself. If you know the tricks (supported by dozens of MySpace design sites across the web) you can create a MySpace page that is as attractive as any website you might find while surfing.