20 YEARS AT GLUEPOT RESERVE
During November 2017, Gluepot conducted its’ 20 year ‘birthday’ celebration. Over that period, the Reserve has earned a national and international reputation as the model of a ‘vision for the future of sustainable environmental conservation’.
And the statistics speak for themselves: Gluepot has recorded over 200 species of birds – 22 of which are nationally threatened, 53 species of reptiles and 12 species of bats - some of which are also nationally threatened – there are few areas of the world that support such a concentration of threatened species!
The Reserve is managed and operated entirely by volunteers who, over the past 20 years, have donated the equivalent of just over $14 million dollars in time and mileage. In 2016, volunteers donated 37,450 hours for the year.
The Reserve conducts over 13 two and three day (‘live in’) environmental education courses each year and is the recipient of 42 major national and international awards covering areas such as research, conservation the environment and tourism. Gluepot is one of Australia’s prime Ecotourism destinations for bird watchers and conservationists.
In addition, Gluepot is now recognized as a ‘Centre for Quality Environmental Research’ with over 20 national and international universities and research organisations undertaking projects on the Reserve. To-date, 19 PhD projects have been completed, and last year five scientists from the University of New Mexico spent 3 months at Gluepot undertaking an international project that studied how heat affects birds in an arid environment.
Our student internship program has seen over 100 overseas 2nd year university students undertake internships at Gluepot over the past 20 years and Gluepot is recognised (and in some cases accredited) by France, Netherlands, Germany and Spain as an exemplar training organisation.
Many of the research projects undertaken at Gluepot Reserve will help solve the problems of land degradation and loss of biodiversity. They will assist in providing the opportunity for this generation to sustain itself and to make sure that there are resources left for the generations to come. Importantly, they will increase awareness of the environmental issues surrounding this highly endangered area of Australia’s wilderness.