Koror, Palau –With 10,000 people reached on Facebook as of Wednesday, Palau Conservation Society (PCS) has had a successful virtual Membership Week thus far.

In response to social distancing concerns, the PCS Board decided to turn the Annual General Membership Meeting into a week-long series of field experiences, short videos, and online discussionshosted on the Facebook social media platform.

The goal of Membership Week is to engage as many people as possible and thank members, donors, supporters, and friends for their contribution to protecting of Palau’s environment.

Beginning on Monday, June 15, the week kicked-off with a live, inspirational message from PCS Chairman David A. Orrukem, followed by an urgent message from Executive Director Bola Majekobaje. “If you have been thinking about becoming a member or thinking about renewing your membership, now is the time,” said Majekobaje as she discussed the impact of COVID-19 on PCS’ finances.

On Tuesday, PCS staff members visited Ngardok Nature Reserve, also shown in real time, to discuss threats to protected areas and to perform a demonstration of how to deal with the invasive vine, kebeas. On Wednesday, staff explored the beautiful Rock Islands Southern Lagoon and had a discussion with PCS’ longtime boat captain, GodinezNgiltii, who discussed sustainable fisheries and life as a fisherman.

Today, staff will visit Ngaremlengui to speak to local farmer, SilesKesolei, about sustainable land management.Finally, on Friday there will be a live reading of the new PCS Book, “Grandpa and the Baby Sea Turtles” at the Palau Public Library.

All videos can be viewed on the PCS Facebook page. If you would like to become a member of PCS, please call 488-3993/4716.

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