Between cultural traditions, historical sites, and endangered plants and animals, preservation work spans a wide range of activities: from teaching children to trapping pests. The Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society has been doing a bit of everything recently, said Susan Zaluski, executive director for the society.

Twelve JVD cats were “fixed” at a free spay and neuter clinic March 20 in a spare room donated for the day by Corsairs Restaurant in Great Harbour, according to Ms. Zaluski.

“This is a substantial part of our domestic cat population,” she said.

Beyond being a step toward controlling the cat population — the animals are known to hunt many small animals, including birds and lizards — the clinic was also a chance for JVD children to see a veterinary doctor in action.

See the March 31, 2011 edition for full coverage.