American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
is honored and happy to announce we have received a Grant from the Orange County Community Foundation to support Student Research, Education, and Speakers.
We look forward to developing further programs with this generous grant. Be sure to follow our development on our website.
Lynette R. Koftinow
American Cetacean Society
San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
When: October 27th @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar, Upstairs Cabo Wabo room
2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965
Cost: $5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants
Maren Anderson “View Into Vocalizations”
For the last 15 years, Cetos Research Organization has used underwater videography with a variety of recording set-ups that allow us to capture both video and sounds in our studies of Hawaiian humpback whales. While collecting data on sounds and behaviors, we also, when possible, obtain photo identification of humpbacks, and collect annual song samples by tracking and recording singers. Our priority is the social sounds and underwater behaviors of different humpback groups.
In the 2015 field season, Cetos focused on using non-invasive suction cup tagging on mothers, calves, escorts, and competitive males, in order to track movements and acoustics both above and below water. These tags have ability to take in acoustic information as well as positional movement underwater. Join Maren to hear about using their current research to understand Hawaiian humpback whales on a new level, as well as give a sneak peak into a current publication underway on calf susceptibility to ship strikes. Continue reading
13-18 December 2015
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA
The Society for Marine Mammalogy holds biennial international meetings with the goal of enhancing collaboration, sharing ideas, and improving the quality of research on marine mammals within the scientific community. The 21st biennial conference will return to San Francisco for the first time since its founding in 1981. The meeting will focus on marine mammal conservation in a changing world and bring together leaders in the field from every continent. The gathering of interdisciplinary experts enables discussion amongst marine mammal scientists and policy makers, enhancing collaboration and training the next generation of scientists and practitioners, and is a key opportunity to foster international partnerships and collaborations. In addition to key-note lectures and oral presentations, there will be over 1,000 poster presentations and topical workshops on hot topics in marine mammal science.
Session Themes for oral and poster presentations will include:
Acoustics • Anatomy • Behaviour • Climate Change • Conservation • Distribution and Abundance • Education and Communication • Ecology • Evolution • Genetics and Genomics(including systematics, “omics” & microbiomics, population genetics) • Human Dimensions, Policy and Management (including protected species, MPAs, international governance) • Medicine & Toxicology (including health, infectious disease, strandings, pathology) • Physiology • Population Biology • Sensory Biology
Full information: https://www.marinemammalscience.org/conference/
Welcome Tim Salisbury, one of our newest communication committee members. He will have an ongoing blog on our website, SFACS facebook page, and LinkedIn. Please check out his first article below.
Cetaceans Under Siege
By Tim Salisbury
Cetaceans — whales, dolphins, are porpoises are under siege. No longer able to swim the oceans freely; their survival, safety, and well being are being threatened. The problem is clear: whaling, fishing net by-catch, ship strikes, and climate change. In response, the American Cetacean Society, the International Whaling Committee, the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations have stepped in to save these remarkable creatures. Read on to learn more about each pressing issue.
To read the full article go to: http://acs-sfbay.org/cetacean-blog/
Join Founder Juan-Carlos Solis and Quetzal Adventures on this incredible trip!
This is one of those trips that people talk about and remember always!
Slim as a blade, the Baja California peninsula jackknifes from mainland Mexico, creating a cleft filled by the Sea of Cortez. Every year, California Gray Whales migrate here from arctic waters-the longest mammal migration known. In the protected lagoon of San Ignacio, watch the Grays during their breeding, calving, and nurturing cycle.
Continue sailing around the tip of Baja in search of Fin, Sperm, Blue and Humpback Whales along with pods of Common Dolphins accompanied by Magnificent Frigate birds and Red-billed Tropic birds. Along the way, visit lovely and uninhabited islands such as San Jose and Santa Catalina. Awake to an incomparable sunrise, snorkel in an isolated cove, bask in Baja California’s seductive desert warmth, stroll its glorious beaches, and-best of all–wonder at its wildlife.
Juan-Carlos is very supportive of SF Bay ACS chapter and is giving us a donation for each person signing up on this wonderful trip. We look forward to seeing you on the trip!
For full details go to: http://www.quetzaladventures.com/#!baja-2016/c24f1
Explore the proposed Save Our Bay, Save Our Ocean Marine Protected Area on the Charter Boat “Salty Lady” with Bill Keener, David McGuire, Lori Grace, Ed Ellsworth. See first hand the critical areas needing protection and feel amazing about being a stakeholder in creating SF Bay first protected marine area.
Capt. Dave and his wife, Gisele, were headed to dinner with friends Friday evening at 5:30 PM when they received a call from one of their whale watching boats that a whale with a huge amount of gillnet wrapped around its tail flukes had been spotted. They quickly abandoned their plans and headed to Dana Point Harbor where they met up with volunteer members of Capt. Dave’s crew, Tom Southern, Mark Tyson and Steve Plantz and headed out in their whale watching boat to see the entangled whale and attempt to help it before it got dark. Continue reading