So much good can be done when a little group of people applies their energy to helping the ocean and its coastal caretakers.
So here's the sugar:
I just got back from an inspiring conference about marine mammal protected areas and an even more inspiring visit to Barra de Potosí. I spent the day on the water with our superstar intern, Andrea García Chavez, who is now a biology teacher at a great local high school in Zihuatanejo. She and her students are conducting marine mammal surveys every week, making a museum exhibition of their pictures, and will be presenting their work at a conference in Mexico City next spring. Of course her kids are ALSO now madly in love with the ocean and want to do everything they can to protect it.
This morning, I received a phone call from our captain, Arturo Mellin, with pictures of the first humpback whale sighting of the season. Woohoo! It's ON!
And the icing on the cake? It’s year FOUR, guys! We have accomplished so much in a very short time.
A few improvements:
Current pressing concerns:
So what do we need to pull this off? Your support, friends.
I've managed to secure some of our funding through grants but we still need $9000 in individual donations by the end of this year to make the above 'to do' list happen.
Now is the time for action.
While it is still possible, before it is too late.
Will you please help this precious little place on earth become a world example of how an endangered fishing community can turn around and save itself?
1.) Please make a tax-deductible donation to the Whales of Guerrero Research Project today through our fiscal sponsor, Oceanic Society. http://whalesinmexico.com/donate.htm
Your donation goes a looooong way! For example:
Come play with whales, eat guacamole, sing funny songs with adorable children, help to support the village, science and save the planet. We have a few spots left in our expeditions in February and March. Venga!
3.) Give someone you love a whale-sized present this year. Adopt one of our whales and track its progress and re-sightings as it pops up in other places in Central America, Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. Your adoption fee supports our work.
Most of all, take heart, friends. Know that we are out here, working together to make things better. I can't do it without you and I am grateful for your support and for the opportunity to do the work every day.
Thanks so much for being a part of it.
Katherina Audley is the founder and director of the Whales of Guerrero Project, an effort to study and protect humpback whales and support community development on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Fifteen years of marine mammal studies have brought her up close to whales, dolphins, and pinnipeds in Alaska,Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, and New Zealand. Katherina has worked in Bahía de Potosí, Mexico for the past 16 years.