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Sloop Launched Nov. 25th!

Thanks to the careful and professional work of a team from Tortola, Endeavour II made the trek on a 40 foot trailer to the water’s edge in Great Harbour and was gingerly dropped into the awaiting waters.

See pictures at our facebook page. Big Christening Celebration on Saturday, November 30th.

Remarkable achievement!

Endeavour 2 Christening Announced

Society Board Announces November 30 Christening of Endeavor 2

The Board of the JVD Preservation Society is happy to announce the christening of its traditional-lines sloop, Endeavour 2, which has been under construction for several years. The Christening will include the celebration party hosted by the Society. “It is a big project for a small non-profit, but we know that it will become a memorable icon for the maritime traditions of Jost van Dyke and the Virgin Islands as well as serving today’s youth as a floating classroom,” says Board member Bruce Donath. Launch is planned for mid-November depending on tides and equipment scheduling to get the sloop to the beach and into the water.

Sandy Cay Turns 5!

In April, Sandy Cay celebrated its fifth anniversary as a BVI National Park. We Celebratd with a free trip to the island with our friends at Sadie Sea Charters! Thanks for a great day.

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Free Spay/Neuter Clinic for Community

Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society (JVDPS) hosted a free spay/neuter clinic for domestic cat owners as part of a broader effort to examine management strategies for controlling cats, mongooses and rats. The free spay /neuter programme will help control cat populations on Jost Van Dyke in the long-term. Pets are also being provided with free Avid friend chip identification and photographed for a catalogue to ensure that domestics are not accidentally euthanized when the programme traps in areas, such as the garbage dumps, where clusters of feral cats, many diseased, congregate. for the full story in Virgin Islands News Online click here

New Biodiversity Project Begins

Next week, a programme to protect native animals through feral cat and mongoose control, two introduced animal species that destroy native wildlife throughout the Caribbean will be launched on Jost Van Dyke.

Migratory Birds

Migratory Birds

Starting on February 20th, the Jost Van Dykes Preservation Society, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and E-Concerns (Tortola) will begin conducting surveys to gather data about the island´s lizard and bird populations.

This project is an excellent example of how the Preservation Society seeks out like-minded researchers and organizations and brings them to Jost van Dyke for education, research, and conservation.

More details at http://www2.bviplatinum.com/news.php?module=news&page=Article&articleID=1297860579

Endeavour II Project Wins UNESCO Support

Thanks to the diligent work of our Susan Zaluski with the BVI’s local UNESCO secretariat, we have been awarded a grant for continuing the youth training and development program focused on the Endeavour II. This funding moves us ever closer to that long-sought launch with more work and learning opportunities for our island’s youth.

Sloop shot Oct 2010

The Endeavour Project Continues!

We are learning perseverance and patience in the construction of our tradition-inspired sloop, Endeavour II.  Thanks to the contributions of many folks, from shipwrights to hand laborers, the sloop has a keel, a deck, an engine, sails, and the not to be forgotten mast and boom!