International Research Trips

Join SF Bay ACS Chapter and Oceanic Society on Whales of Guerrero Research Project!

We are very excited to partner with Oceanic Society on research trips around the world. Our members will receive a 10% discount on these trips and your money goes toward the important research projects!

Our 2015 Barra de Potosi   Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program was so successful we will be working in the field as citizen scientists again with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project.

To read about last year’s Progress and accomplishments go to: 2015 Progress report

From our last year’ trip one of our members MICHAEL REPPY became very involved!


m.r.“Being one of the “citizen scientists” in last years group of volunteers for the Whales Of Guerrero Research Project” on humpback whales in Barra de Potosi, I fell in love with this little fishing village, just south of Zihuatanejo.  And I learned of their need to support children’s education, especially computer skills, which can be important in developing other livelihoods rather than the predominant fishing, which is quickly depleting fishing stocks along the coast.  I connected with Laura Kelly, an American women who has lived there for about 20 years and started the Children’s Library, which has become a vital learning center for the children, a community meeting hall for many local groups, and environmental workshops, and includes a permaculture garden.  The library has been closed recently and lost it’s connection to the power grid, and is in need of revitalization.   So I have obtained the donation of 2 kW of solar panels from Black Rock Solar in Reno, Nevada, and will have them shipped down there.  We are organizing a team from the Mexican community and some resident Americans to install and maintain the solar panel system.  This will be a model for use of solar power, which has tremendous potential in this area of much sun, and often poor connection to the power grid.”

 

Barra de Potosi Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program Marine Citizen Science • Playa Blanca, Mexico • 2016 Dates – Feb 1 – Feb 8, 18-25 Feb, Feb 29 – March 7

Participate in Pioneering Research in a Breathtaking Landscape
Oceanic Society invites you to beautiful Barra de Potosí, Mexico located on Bahia de Petatlan just south of Zihuatanejo. This region is an important part of the migration route for the northeastern Pacific population of humpback whales. While the presence of whales has been documented in the area for years, there have been no formal studies of them until now.
As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand this important whale population by working in the field as a citizen scientist with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. You will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of four species of dolphins found in the area. We  also frequently observe olive ridley sea turtles, manta rays, golden cow nosed and spotted eagle rays, red-billed tropic birds, blue and brown footed boobies, roseate spoonbills, brown and white pelicans, frigate birds, and countless other noteworthy marine species. In addition to learning humpback whale fluke identification and hydro-acoustic recording techniques, you will also assist with recording other key ecosystem data. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project. Complete informationhttp://whalesinmexico.com/media/Humpback-Research-Expedition.pdf

You can go on these trips individually or together. Research trips are a wonderful way to travel in not only seeing the area, but helping with important research programs and interacting with the local people in environmental education. We look forward to having you join us!

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Our first trips were the 2015 winter Barra de Potosi   Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program February 26- March 52015 and Biodiversity of Southwest  Mexico  by Land and Sea March 6-14, 2015.

Barra de Potosi  Humpback Whale Monitoring Research Program
Marine Citizen Science  •  Playa Blanca, Mexico  •  February 26 – March 5, 2015

Participate in Pioneering Research in a Breathtaking Landscape
Oceanic Society invites you to beautiful Barra de Potosí, Mexico located on Bahia de Petatlan just south of Zihuatanejo. This region is an important part of the migration route for the northeastern Pacific population of humpback whales. While the presence of whales has been documented in the area for years, there have been no formal studies of them until now.
As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand this important whale population by working in the field as a citizen scientist with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. You will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of four species of dolphins found in the area. We  also frequently observe olive ridley sea turtles, manta rays, golden cow nosed and spotted eagle rays, red-billed tropic birds, blue and brown footed boobies, roseate spoonbills, brown and white pelicans, frigate birds, and countless other noteworthy marine species. In addition to learning humpback whale fluke identification and hydro-acoustic recording techniques, you will also assist with recording other key ecosystem data. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project. Complete informationhttp://whalesinmexico.com/media/Humpback-Research-Expedition.pdf

Biodiversity of Southwest  Mexico  by Land and Sea
Expedition  •  Barra de Potosí  •  March 6-14, 2015

Help Biologists Conduct Critical Conservation Research
Oceanic Society invites you on an expedition to beautiful Barra de Potosí, just south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This region hosts a wealth of marine and terrestrial species and is an important part of the migration route for the northeastern Pacific population of humpback whales. While the presence of whales has been documented in the area for years, there have been no formal studies of them until now.

As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand this important whale population by working in the field as a citizen scientist with the Whales of Guerrero Research Project. For 3-4 days, visitors will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of four species of dolphins found in the area. We also frequently observe olive ridley sea turtles, manta rays, golden cow nosed and spotted eagle rays, red-billed tropic birds, frigate birds, and countless other noteworthy marine species. In addition to learning humpback whale fluke identification and hydro-acoustic recording techniques, you will also assist with recording other key ecosystem data. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project. Complete informationhttp://whalesinmexico.com/media/Biodiversity-SW-Mexico-Tour.pdf

Contact Lynette R. Koftinow with any questions:  acs.sfbay@gmail.com