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November 2020 Newsletter

A Month of Giving

How is it November?! With the change back to Standard Time here in the US our afternoons are drawing in quickly, and all of a sudden it's starting to feel like winter is coming. We're also noticing how chilly it's getting during field time these days!

Speaking of field time, we have still been getting out regularly in spite of some unsettled weather (typical of this time of year), and have been excited to welcome our new volunteers along with us while conducting field sessions. We are incredibly grateful that, in spite of the ongoing pandemic, we can still get out and collect this important information on our Salish Sea marine mammals safely.

We are also starting to plan for the next year and lining up exciting new resources and options for you to stay involved in our work and help us collect our data, so stay tuned for those! In the meantime, if you haven't already, make sure to check out our podcast, the PacMam Podcast, on Anchor, Spotify, iTunes or wherever you like to listen. And with that, let's jump into this month's news!
Our Intern Trevor took this fantastic picture of a juvenile Loon preening itself while on the water with our colleagues from The Salish Sea School.
Save The Date: GivingTuesday

Many of you may have heard of it, but what exactly IS GivingTuesday?! Well, GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on December 1, 2020. It is a global movement that gives people and organizations the power to transform their communities and the world...and we definitely need more of that! 

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past 8 years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, we believe that generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on.

So how can you help? You can show your generosity in a variety of ways during
GivingTuesday, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, everyone has something to give and every act of generosity counts.

It might be a cliche, but every little bit really does help, so if you choose to share your generosity by supporting PacMam's ongoing programs, here are some ways you can donate:
  • Donate directly via our website
  • Mail a check addressed to: Pacific Mammal Research, 1513 A Ave, Anacortes, WA, 98221
  • Host an online fundraiser and raise money for PacMam. Use Facebook, GoFundMe, whatever works!
Thank you in advance for your help, we can't wait to share OUR generosity this GivingTuesday!

Would you like to help and support PacMam? You can help us continue our work in the community and for the environment by donating during GivingTuesday!
From The News:
  • Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Opening Postponed: In California, the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season has been postponed to protect whales and sea turtles from entanglement. There were more than 50 humpback whales sighted in October off the coast of San Francisco and Monterey Bay, and since the commercial crabbing opening can be delayed if 20 whales are sighted this was a strong indication that commercial crabbing was not on the menu yet. The issue of whale entanglement in crabbing and fishing gear has been making the headlines over the last few years. The decision to open the commercial Dungeness fishery in California will now be postponed until mid-November to see whether the opening date of December 1st will be achieved, or whether it will need to be delayed further. For more information on whale entanglement and the many issues it can cause, check out the amazing work of our friends at SMELTS:
  • Pilot Whale Mass Stranding Sri Lanka: Over 100 pilot whales stranded on the coast of Panadura, Sri Lanka last week. This mass stranding event echoes the one reported in New Zealand recently, where almost all the whales were unfortunately lost. We do not know why marine mammals mass-strand, and although there are several theories we are still at a loss for why these intelligent animals all beach themselves simultaneously. Thanks to all those who spent many long hours trying to save these whales, we are happy to report that many were rescued and returned to the water safely. For more information, make sure to follow our colleague Dr. Asha De Vos from OceanSwell. And be sure to report any instances of marine mammals beaching, found on the shore, or acting strangely to your local stranding network or authorities – we can help but first we have to know the situation is happening! For more information on this stranding event, check out this link.
Sri Lankans struggle to save pilot whales during a mass stranding event.
Photo: The Guardian.

Coming Soon...

This bald eagle goes after a fish that the harbor seal had "nicely" chased to the surface for it!
Make sure you're connected with us on social media: like us on Facebook ("Pacific Mammal Research - PacMam") and on Instagram (@PacificMammalResearch) to stay up to date with all the things happening at PacMam and all the resources and content available to you.

Also if you're not already listening, check out our new PacMam Podcast on Anchor or wherever you like to listen! You can also watch our  "Marine Mammal Highlights" series on our YouTube Channel.  

If you'd like more information about us, what we do, and/or would like to help support us in doing it through giving a donation, head over to our website!

Well that’s it from us, thank you again for your continued support of our work and our continued efforts to understand and protect the marine mammals of the Salish Sea.  If you want to support us further, please head to our website, to make a secure, tax-deductible donation. Every donation made goes straight back into funding our various programs, and in these difficult times we need your help more than ever to keep these going. Thank you so much for your continued support - we'll be back in December for our end-of-year wrap up!
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