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2018 SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist Training Program

Love whales? Want an interesting and fun Volunteer opportunity?

Become a SF Bay ACS Chapter Naturalist!

Our March 1, 2018 Naturalist Training class is now taking signups. Our classes fill very quickly so be sure to sign up right away!

For further information & to sign up please email Lynette R Koftinow acs.sfbay@gmail.com   

SF Bay ACS Chapter 2018 Naturalist Training Program: Once trained, our naturalists will help other community members observe and interpret our local marine habitat. Naturalists will be able to represent SF Bay ACS on tours (both on land and water), in classroom visits, at festival exhibits, and at other events in the Bay Area.

Our naturalist program will give the community more opportunities to interact meaningfully with our local marine environment. It will help deepen our collective understanding of cetaceans. The program will strengthen our ability to include each other in creative conversation.

Through these efforts, SF Bay ACS Chapter gives the public access to local marine wildlife and to the people who work to understand and protect cetaceans. The result is community connections that enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The SF Bay ACS Naturalist Program will:

  • Give the typical student, working professional, retiree, or otherwise available person a chance to explore interpreting the natural world as a hobby, avocation, or vocation;
  • Increase education resources for teachers;
  • Increase education opportunities for classroom students;
  • Enrich the experiences of visitors to our local nature areas;
  • Create awareness and effect change in the community with respect to the needs of cetaceans and the effects of human actions upon them;
  • Bring the general population further into the dialog;
  • Support a learning culture with a conservation focus; and
  • Increase SF Bay ACS Chapter’s capacity to provide services to the community.

Our first class will begin Thursday March 1st! This will be a 6 week course 6:00-9:00 pm. Thursdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5

Location: Sports Basement: Presidio: 610 Old Mason St., San Francisco

Link to map:

https://www.google.com/maps/search/Sports+Basement+Presidio/@37.802867,-122.459192,15z?hl=en

American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Chapter protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.

Chapter activities include a monthly presentation series by noted marine biologists and ocean specialists, educational outreach tabling at science festivals, classes in bay area schools, 10 week ocean/cetacean curriculum class in bay area Citizen Schools, gives yearly student travel and research grants, and whale watching trips.

2017 Research and Travel (SMM Conference) Grant Awards

We at ACS-SF Bay Chapter Thank all of you, our members and monthly presentation
audience, for your constant support of our organization. Your donations allow us to give
yearly research and travel grants to outstanding graduate students and young
researchers which aids them in their research. Those receiving Travel grants are aided in attending the Society of Marine Mammology and ACS National conferences to present
their research and network for their future work.

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2017 Research Grant Awardees   



$1,000 Grants
Alicia Amerson: “OneOcean Nexus Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Training
Program: Creates Pilots to Assist Large Whale Disentanglement Teams in
California.”
Katherina Audley: “The Whales of Guerrero Research Project (WGRP)”
Cristina Casillas López:   “Biochemical Role of the Blue Whale in the southwestern
Gulf of California”                                                                                                                            Logan J. Pallin: “Comparative study of humpback whale demography along the Western Antarctic Peninsula and California coast: links to regional environmental
variation”
$500 Grants
David Cade: “Foraging behavior of rorquals in Monterey Bay, part 2”
Samantha Cope: “Evaluating the influence of vessel noise on the underwater
soundscape of San Francisco Bay”                                                                                          Kaytlin Ingman: “Long Term Trends in Baleen Whale Observations Near the Farallon Islands”
Michelle Modest: “Effects of climate change driven sea-ice variation on humpback
whale movement and foraging ecology”
Travel Grant Awardees (SMM Conference) $500 each
David Cade: “Dense, spatially limited but vertically extensive patches of krill drive
the formation of super-groups of migrating humpback whales off South Africa’s
west coast”
Samantha Cope: “Mapping vessel distribution in San Francisco Bay for improved
spatial risk assessments and habitat suitability modeling of local marine mammal
species”
Kaytlin Ingman: “Long Term Trends in Baleen Whale Observations Near the
Farallon Islands”
Logan J. Pallin: “Pregnancy rates of humpback whales along the Western
Antarctic Peninsula: Links to a changing ecosystem”

Become A Member

Being part of ACS puts you in good company – conservation practitioners, marine scientists, local chapter teams, and concerned citizens who take personal action, reach out to educate and give you a clear path for information and involvement in the protection of cetaceans and their habitats. Your membership contribution and any additional support you designate go a long way to help ACS fulfill its mission.  As the world’s first whale conservation organization, ACS has long been dedicated to developing public education initiatives, funding research projects, and implementing conservation actions aimed at protecting cetaceans in their natural environments.

As a member, you will have access to ALL ACS events, learn about cetaceans and conservation efforts, meet like-minded people, and help ACS fulfill its mission.

We have different levels of membership, but you can join for as little as $35 a year!

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Join By Mail: Download Membership Form

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Oceanic Dolphins, Family Delphinidae

We all share a love of dolphins and whales. But there is another question – what we really know about them, about the whole order of cetaceans? Meera and Oleg Finodeyev are passionate about them and they discovered a very simple truth – “we love them but we don’t know them”. Because of that they created a mini-series of videos about order of cetaceans.

Irony is that there is no single source where one can go and learn about this civilization. Creation of these videos and digging into vast ocean of internet information was very tedious but an enlightening process and they wish to share its results with you. Please, invest a bit of your time to learn more about these Earthlings – they are amazing!