FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2009
WHAT: Ian Hutton, recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for services to conservation and tourism, to present “The Pristine Lord Howe Island: Conservation Management at its Best” at the Stroud Water Research Center’s annual fundraising gala, The Water’s Edge, on October 8th, 2009
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
6:00 pm Registration; 6:45 pm Lecture
The Water’s Edge
Longwood Gardens, The Pavilion
Kennett Square, PA
Starting at $50.
Avondale, Pa. – On Thursday, October 8th, 2009, Stroud™ Water Research Center, will host its 7th annual fundraising gala, The Water’s Edge at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Featured speaker Ian Hutton is an island naturalist and conservationist, researcher, ecotourism pioneer, brilliant photographer and the keeper of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. His presentation, The Pristine Lord Howe Island: Conservation Management at its Best, will focus on the unique flora and fauna of the island, how the island is addressing environmental issues including the challenge of protecting its freshwater supply and the conservation acts that have enabled the island to remain much the same as it has for thousands of years.
“I see my role, and that of the island, to make people aware that the earth needs a steward,” said Hutton.
An accomplished photographer, Hutton’s work has been published in major newspapers and magazines worldwide, including The New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age. He has produced ten books on Lord Howe Island, the most recent of which is a 264-page photo/art book celebrating the World Heritage values of the island and stimulating interest in conservation in general.
Lifestyle magazines Delaware Today and Main Line Today are the exclusive media sponsors for the fundraising gala. “Sponsoring The Water’s Edge allows us to help raise the profile of an organization conducting important freshwater research that is benefiting our community,” said Charlie Tomlinson, Publisher of Delaware Today magazine. “We’re thrilled to support the efforts of Stroud Water Research Center and proud to have them in our own backyard.”