Happy Holidays from the Vermilion Sea 

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Greetings to all of you!

I write this from the porch of the Vermilion Sea Field Station and am amazed at how the pelicans gliding over the glassy water and the insistent calls of yellow-footed gulls are as new this morning as is the new day. The bay is still full of wonder and I’m always inspired at the peace I feel to be surrounded by it.

My family and I have been overwhelmed with greetings and reminiscent memories of people who visited months, years, or decades ago. We are truly blessed to be able to share in the experiences of each group who visits. We thank you for leaving a piece of yourself here with us, and we hope that this place still occupies a special place in your heart – wherever you find yourself today.

This next part is a bit of a struggle for me, but asking for help is something that I’m learning to do. As you may remember, our field station is one of the original buildings in town, and as such, these adobe walls are in need of support. There are several projects that we are working on and aim to complete over the New Year’s holiday:

  • adding gutters and other systems to abate storm and water damage (~$400),
  • reinforcing and repairing walls (~$350),
  • restructuring the sea wall which keeps us on the dry side of the beach (~$750),
  • replacing wood that has been damaged by termites (~$250),
  • replacing cracked/broken pipes (~$150),
  • making more comfy cots (~$50)
  • adding a variety of infrastructural pieces which will help support the studies of a variety of groups over the next four decades.
If you can spare any amount of money to support our winter revitalization efforts, it will be very appreciated, and will be put to good use. A little goes a long way in Baja, and we will make the most of every dollar received.

If you would like to visit and lend a helping hand this New Year’s, please let us know. It will be our pleasure to see you again and if there is interest, we can help coordinate a van and caravan. You are also welcome to show up and stay a night or several. We’ll be here! Just shoot us a message to and I’ll follow up with you.

Last but not least, VSI is so excited to share the news of maybe our greatest holiday present yet … a new website! Through generous donations of time and expertise, this beautiful new site helps us better showcase the incredible people we work with and projects underway. And, of course, how YOU can come visit us again sooner rather than later!

Please keep in touch. Your reflections fuel and inspire our work just as much as every dollar donation does.


Meghann McDonald

Director of Programs
Vermilion Sea Institute

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