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New Naturalist Program!

Love whales? Want an interesting and fun volunteer opportunity?

Become a SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist!

Sign up now!  Class begins September 16th

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A Huge Thank You goes out to some of our Indiegogo Campaign Donors whose Generous Donations receive Name Recognition on our Website.

Thank you for all your Support and Generous Donations during our Indiegogo Campaign. You have helped make our Naturalist class a Reality!

Dave Bones Nic Borg Heather Willis Gail Hurley
Marta Lindsey Susan Mangels Diane Straus Sharon Trahan
Jill Whitebook Natasha Yankoffski

ACS’s 14th International Conference – Nov. 7-9, 2014

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ACS 14th International Conference

 November 7-9, 2014

At the Hyatt Regency in beautiful Newport Beach, CA.  

Early Bird Registration Discounts!


Latest Conference Updates

                     http://acsonline.org/education/conference/upcoming-2014-conference-     tuned-in-to-whales-conservation-research-education/


“Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica: An Underwater Serengetti” – August 26th at Saylor’s Restaurant

Tuesday August 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saylor’s Restaurant (upstairs Cabo Wabo room)
2009 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

Cost:    $5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants 

Todd Steiner:  Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica: An Underwater Serengetti

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Jacques Cousteau called CocosIsland “the most beautiful in the world.”  Located about halfway between Costa Rica and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, it is the only island in the eastern Pacific Ocean supporting tropical rainforest.

What I found underwater, though, was much more impressive.  “Megafauna” — large-bodied species — congregate around the island. Its relative isolation, ocean countercurrents, wind patterns, and underwater seamounts combine to create an ecosystem that supports one of the most amazing displays of marine life on the planet. The sheer abundance of large animals underwater found at one place was unfathomable for me before I visited Cocos.

I will share the beauty of Cocos through photography, what we are learning about the importance of CocosIsland for sea turtles and sharks, and what needs to be done to protect these species at Cocos and during their migrations to and from Cocos.  I will also describe our Cocos Island Citizen Scientist program that is involving divers in collecting data and assisting us on our research expeditions. Continue reading

Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones: September 30th at Bay Model

September 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Bay Model Visitor Center    2100 Bridgeway,  Sausalito, CA 94965

$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Mary Jane Schramm

Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones

farallonesBlubber-Lovers Unite! Take the plunge into the underwater world beyond the Golden Gate into the Gulf of the Farallones, where dolphins leap, white sharks prowl, giant blue whales lunge through seething masses of krill, humpbacks breach and land with a thundering splash, and where seabirds enact their timeless rituals of courtship and mating. Discover where the “hot spots” are for the many of the whale species that visit this National Marine Sanctuary year-round, and – whether you are a confirmed land-lubber or salty dog, find out how you can experience them!

Join sanctuary spokesperson Mary Jane Schramm for this virtual excursion into the briny deep! Co-author of West Coast Whale Watching (Harper Collins), MJ has led whale watching cruises in Baja California and locally. Her field experience includes cetacean and pinniped rescue, and assisting with research on humpbacks,  elephant seals, and other marine mammals. MJ is currently Public Information Officer for NOAA’s Large Whale Disentanglement Network in the Bay Area. Continue reading

New Science on California Orcas – October 28th at Bay Model

October 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where:  Bay Model Visitor Center    2100 Bridgeway,  Sausalito, CA 94965

$5 Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

Sarah Allen

New Science on California Orcas

s. allenWhile killer whales are found in all of the world’s oceans, their lives in the wild are poorly understood, in part because there are tremendous differences between different groups of orcas. Though the species range spans the globe from pole to pole, individual orcas belong to regional ecological groups, called ecotypes that have distinct ranges and behaviors. Scientists recognize at least 10 ecotypes for the species worldwide, three of which can be found off California: Southern Resident, Transient, and Offshore. 

Sarah will delve into the different killer whale “ecotypes” that regularly visit the waters of central California and how the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (a group of agencies, organizations and volunteers) retrieved an entire killer whale skeleton for display at the California Academy of Sciences for their “Built for Speed” exhibit.  Continue reading

Dramatic 24-hour Gray Whale Disentanglement off Laguna Beach, CA

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