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Wildlife Conservation Expo 2017

Saturday October 14th 2017 @ 10am to 6pm

Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St, San Francisco, CA

Please join SF Bay ACS Chapter for this exciting Wildlife Conservation Expo!

The Wildlife Conservation Expo brings together many of the world’s leading wildlife conservationists in one place.

Attendees can meet conservationists, hear their talks and be part of a community dedicated to saving endangered animals.

The Wildlife Conservation Expo gives us the chance to bring the excitement and adventure of wildlife conservation fieldwork directly to you. Some of the world’s leading conservationists protecting endangered species come together to share their stories. Spend the day in the world of a conservationist—from the African savannah to the forests of South America—as you learn about the trials and joys that stem from living in wild places with wild animals.

This year, we are especially looking forward to hosting a panel on climate change and its impacts on wildlife and the work of conservationists worldwide.

In between sessions please walk around and talk with the conservationists and the dozens of exhibitors selling curios and sharing information about their worthy wildlife-related causes.

For questions about the Expo, please email

Tickets will go on sale in August 15, 2017 @



ACS – SF Bay Chapter is taking Application Proposals for its 2017 Research Grants and SMM Student Travel Grants

The American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Chapter is taking Application Proposals for its 2017 Research Grants

Dear colleagues,

The American Cetacean Society-San Francisco Bay Chapter ( ACS-SF Bay ) would like to encourage students to apply for our upcoming 2017 Student Research Grants.

ACS SF Bay chapter funds are intended to strengthen conservation efforts through applied field-based research and opportunities outside of the laboratory.  Funds may not be used for salaries, stipends, honoraria, or other compensatory expenses.

The American Cetacean Society – San Francisco Bay Chapter is taking 

Application Proposals for its 2017 SMM Conference Travel Grants

Dear colleagues,

The American Cetacean Society-San Francisco Bay Chapter (ACS-SF Bay) would like to encourage students to apply for our upcoming 2017 Society of Marine Mammology Conference Student Travel Grants.

This award ($500 each) helps to offset travel expenses enabling the student to attend the 2017 Society of Marine Mammology Conference. Attending this conference is very important for the future as a scientist. Not only are students able to present their accepted research project (poster), but will meet and connect with the attending marine biologists and scientists that may become future teachers/mentors, and/or for prospective job opportunities.

Students are our future and ACS-SF Bay chapter feels very strongly in supporting them.

Applications should be sent by email to Lynette R. Koftinow,

FOR FULL DETAILS ON APPLYING  go to our webpage:

Questions regarding the program may also be directed to her.


Lynette R. Koftinow
Research  ACS-SF Bay chapter
(415) 937-0641 (office)

Kip Evans: Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance

Kip Evans: Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA

whale-shark-verticle-feeding-kip-evans_mg_1393Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA) to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots—special places that are vital to the health of the ocean, the blue heart of our planet. From the seamounts of the high seas to the shallow sunlit reefs, Mission Blue seeks to bring about a significant increase in ocean protection from less than four percent today to 20% by the year 2020.weddell-seal-ckipevans



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Maren Anderson: View Into Vocalizations

Maren Anderson: 2017 Research Grantee
“View Into Vocalizations”
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA

image001Wintering humpback whales can be found in the coastal waters off of the Hawaiian Island Chain where they remain from January through April for their breeding season. This population expends a great deal of energy in activities which includes competing for mates, mating, calving, and feeding / raising their offspring prior to the first migration back north. During our next field season, we plan to focus on studying mother and calf humpback groups (which may include escorts). We will expand upon our past research and will investigate social interactions between
mothers and calves/escorts, profile underwater behaviors (including the spatial behavior known as laterality), and investigate age and sex class activity budgets. We will also examine calls known as social sounds and their biological significance, and identify any behavioral and acoustic vulnerabilities based on the breeding season behaviors, and assess how this affects ship strike potential. We plan to continue the R&D we began in 2015 with the new tagging technology that furthered our research goals. We propose to use non-invasive suction-cup tags to tag mother and calf pairs in order to gain better understanding of their underwater behaviors and vocalizations. Very few first year Hawaiian humpback whale calves have been tagged and no mother calf pair tag results are have been published. We successfully obtained these data in 2015 using both conventional tags and a new tag we self-designed. In conjunction with our underwater videography research techniques and our past datasets, the data from additional field work and tagging will allow us to work to develop the first underwater behavioral ethogram for Hawaiian humpback whales. Continue reading