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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-GB link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal>*<b>SEEKING VOLUNTEERS</b>* <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Dear All, <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT) conducts cetacean surveys<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>throughout our field season (May - October) from aboard our research yacht<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><<a href="http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-Silurian.asp">http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-Silurian.asp</a>> <i>Silurian</i>.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Every year we welcome aboard enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>contribute directly to our research work.  Volunteers, in effect, become<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>marine mammal scientists for the duration of the survey; living and working<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>aboard <i>Silurian</i>, assisting with day-to-day running, as well as working<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>together as a team to carry out visual and acoustic surveys.  To find out<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>more about the research onboard please click here<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><<a href="http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-on-silurian.asp">http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/research-on-silurian.asp</a>> .  <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Volunteers will assist fully in the collection of data, with mega-fauna and<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>sea bird identification training provided.  Acoustic and visual methods are<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>combined to produce comprehensive data sets. During encounters photographs<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>are taken of dorsal fins to try and identify the individual, gaining a<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>better understanding of species movements and interactions with each other.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>The data collected, and subsequent information produced is essential when<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>monitoring the distribution, relative abundance and habitat preference of<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>cetacean species in the Hebrides. Only with coherent data can effective<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>conservation and management strategies be designed to enable long-term<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>protection of the amazing species found in our waters.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>As a volunteer onboard <i>Silurian</i>, you will have the opportunity to see first<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>hand the amazing variety of marine wildlife the UK has to offer including<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sharks and seabirds. You will explore<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>some of the remotest, wildest parts of the British Isles, anchoring each<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>night in a different secluded bay off one of the many Hebridean islands,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>venturing ashore to explore.  The opportunity to gain sailing experience is<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>also available, although no certificates are issued.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Rendezvous location is either in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, where HWDT<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>is based or in Kyle of Lochalsh.  More information on specific surveys will<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>be provided on request. There is a monetary value attached to participating<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>which includes accommodation (aboard) and food throughout the duration.  <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>The income generated allows HWDT to continue this well established research programme, <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>you can be assured that without your contribution the research couldn't be undertaken.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>2015 Survey Dates:<o:p></o:p></span></p><ul style='margin-top:0cm' type=disc><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>15th - 26th June*; 900 (REDUCED TO FILL REMAINING BERTH)<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>30th June - 11th July; 1,125 <o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>4th - 15th August; 1,500<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>18th - 29th August; 1,450<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>1st - 12th September; 1,350<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>22nd - 30th September; 1,050<o:p></o:p></span></li><li class=MsoNormal style='color:black;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>15th - 23rd October; 950</span><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p></o:p></span></li></ul><p class=MsoListParagraph style='text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Symbol;color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'><span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>         </span></span></span><![endif]><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><a href="http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/stand_alone.asp?page=militarysurvey.asp" target="_blank">5th - 13th October**; 950 <span style='color:blue'><br></span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='margin-left:36.0pt'><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>*Kyle of Lochalsh rendezvous<br>** <a href="http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2013/april/10/130410-joint-warrior" target="_blank">Joint Warrior</a> Military Exercise Monitoring Survey</span></b><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><<a href="http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/stand_alone.asp?page=militarysurvey.asp">http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/stand_alone.asp?page=militarysurvey.asp</a>><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Joint Warrior military exercise off western Scotland) <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>For further  information about our surveys please go online to:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><a href="http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/get-involved-join-us-onboard.asp">http://www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk/get-involved-join-us-onboard.asp</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>For Further information about HWDT please go online to:<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><a href="http://www.hwdt.org">www.hwdt.org</a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Or contact HWDT’s volunteer coordinator Morven Russell<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Email: <a href="https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/marmam">volunteercoordinator@hwdt.org</a> <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Telephone: 01688 302620<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Thank you, and hope to see you onboard this season!<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#244061;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Morven Russell<br>Volunteer Coordinator<br>Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust<br>28 Main Street<br>Tobermory<br>Isle of Mull<br>PA75 6NU<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#244061;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>Tel: 01688 302620<br><u><a href="mailto:volunteercoordinator@hwdt.org"><span style='color:blue'>volunteercoordinator@hwdt.org</span></a></u></span><span style='mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='color:#244061;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><a href="http://www.hwdt.org/" title="blocked::http://www.hwdt.org/"><span style='font-size:10.0pt;color:#244061'>www.hwdt.org</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'>The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and understanding of Scotland’s whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) and the Hebridean marine environment through education, research and working within Hebridean communities as a basis for the lasting conservation of local species and habitats. </span></i><span style='color:#244061;mso-fareast-language:EN-GB'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p> </o:p></p></div></body></html>