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May 2015

International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

May 17, 2015

In 2002, the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (UNEP/ASCOBANS) declared the third Sunday in May of each year as the “International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise” (IDBHP) in order to raise awareness of the critical situation for populations of the Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena): the only species of cetacean native to the Baltic Sea. Raising public awareness plays an important role in supporting effective conservation action. The…

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June 2015

Saving a Species: Vaquita

June 25, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm PDT
WWF-US Headquaters, 2nd Floor Conference Center, 1250 24th Street
N.W. Washington, DC 20037 United States
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As part of WWF's quarterly seminar series, Dr. Rebecca Lent and Dr. Lorenzo Rojas-Branco will speak about the important work being done by both the US and Mexico to save the Vaquita from extinction. Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, Ph.D. is the Head of the Organization for the Marine Mammal Research and Conservation at the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change in Mexico. Rebecca Lent, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission.

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July 2015

Pembrokeshire Porpoise Symposium

July 2, 2015
Merlin Theatre Haverfordwest, United Kingdom + Google Map

Porpoise Conservation Society president Dr. Anna Hall will be speaking at the first Pembrokeshire Porpoise Symposium. "We have one of the world's leading porpoise experts coming to Pembrokeshire, Dr Anna Hall. Anna has been studying wild harbour porpoises in the waters around British Columbia for almost two decades, during this time she has learned much about their ecology, biology, life history, abundance, distribution and habitat use patterns. Anna will be speaking at the event, along with several other local experts.…

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Rally: International Save the Vaquita Day 2015

July 9, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
Mexican Embassy, 1911 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC United States
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The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise, found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. Less than 80 individuals are believed to remain and in an effort to save them a rally will take place outside the Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC, to bring attention to their plight as part of the International Save the Vaquita Day 2015. The purpose of the rally is to thank the Mexican government for imposing a two-year gill net fishing ban…

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International Save the Vaquita Day

July 11, 2015

This year, Saturday, July 11, 2015 has been designated as the Third Annual International Save the Vaquita Day!! This is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe will direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction.…

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August 2015

Marine Mammals in the Wadden Sea

August 27, 2015
National Park Administration Wadden Sea Germany + Google Map

The Wadden Sea Day 2015 will highlight the role and population development of marine mammals in the ecosystem of the Wadden Sea World Heritage property and mark the 25th anniversary of the Wadden Sea Seal Agreement. Two seal species and a toothed whale have established remarkable populations in the Wadden Sea. The harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) are ecological key-stone species of the area, but also receive considerable attention among…

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A Tale of Two Porpoises: The Vaquita and the Harbor Porpoise

August 27, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PDT
Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States
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ACS-Orange County is excited to have Dr. Thomas A. Jefferson, a highly regarded marine scientist and leading advocate for the Vaquita and other small cetaceans in jeopardy, as guest speaker at our August meeting! Dr. Jefferson's topic will be "A Tale of Two Porpoises: The Vaquita and the Harbor Porpoise." Don't miss the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices in this field! All our meetings are free, and everyone is welcome!

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December 2015

Harbor Porpoise Workshop

December 12, 2015 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm PST
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel, 333 O'Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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The goal of the workshop is to begin discussion among people studying harbor porpoises in different locations, with different techniques and foci to (1) discuss similarities and differences between locations (2) develop a framework to quantify how harbor porpoises integrate and are affected by natural and human-induced environmental change. (3) Perhaps see if there is a way to distinguish between responses of porpoises to these types of changes. Talks will be 10 minutes, with time for discussion and questions. We…

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February 2016

The Porpoises & Dolphins of the San Francisco Bay Area

February 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm PST
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA United States
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Golden Gate Cetacean Research biologists, Jon Stern, Bill Keener and Izzy Szczepaniak, will present the results of their newest research on the porpoises and dolphins of San Francisco Bay, providing an up-to-date since their last talk for ACS in 2012. The team has been studying two species, harbor porpoises and bottlenose dolphins, from shore and boat for the past 6 years. The team has compiled the first photo-identification catalogs for harbor porpoises and the San Francisco Bay bottlenose dolphins, giving…

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