Dr. Shawn Johnson, The Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science: “Not Just Seizing Sea Lions: How Domoic Acid is Impacting Southern Sea Otters”
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Dr. Shawn Johnson, The Marine Mammal Center Director of Veterinary Science: “Not Just Seizing Sea Lions: How Domoic Acid is Impacting Southern Sea Otters”

Join ACS - San Francisco Chapter for an inspiring presentation by Dr. Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at The Marine Mammal Center.

The Marine Mammal Center recently rescued and rehabilitated two adult sea otters exhibiting neurological signs attributed to domoic acid toxicosis. These are the first otters known to be diagnosed and treated for this disease. This talk will detail the otter’s rescue, rehabilitation, and new post-release monitoring technology which will allow us to better understand the long-term effects of domoic acid on individual sea otters and the population.

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Alicia Amerson “My Address Like My Wings Travel With Me: Drone Stewardship to Protect Marine Life”
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Alicia Amerson “My Address Like My Wings Travel With Me: Drone Stewardship to Protect Marine Life”

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for an enlightening presentation by Alicia Amerson, Founder of Alimosphere. 

Drones are known to cause disturbance to wildlife. Industry projections show that at least 7 Million drones will be in the sky by 2020. In this talk, Amerson approaches drone stewardship through best available science and outreach to protect marine wildlife.

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Annual Farallon Islands Whale Watch Adventure
Aug
26
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Farallon Islands Whale Watch Adventure

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter and San Francisco Whale Tours for a spectacular whale watch trip to the Farallon Islands on Sunday August 26th!  

The first twenty tickets purchased for the All Day Farallon Islands Whale Watching Excursion on August 26th using the ACS25 promo code will be given a $25 discount. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter.  Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to see whales in the wild while supporting whale conservation efforts at the same time!

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Daniella Dimitrova Russo, "Think Beyond Plastic"
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Daniella Dimitrova Russo, "Think Beyond Plastic"

Join ACS San Francisco Bay for an inspiring presentation by Daniella Dimitrova Russo, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Think Beyond Plastic™, the innovation accelerator focused on the global plastic pollution crisis.

Since 2009, Think Beyond Plastic has led the shift away from fossil fuel-based plastics towards bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources and associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials.

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2018 Wildlife Conservation Network Fall Expo
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Wildlife Conservation Network Fall Expo

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter at the fantastic 2018 Wildlife Conservation Network Fall Expo! 

Every year, WCN’s Wildlife Conservation Expos provide a unique opportunity to bring together wildlife’s most ardent supporters with some of the world’s leading conservationists to connect, share stories, and make life-long friendships. At Expo you can hear what it’s like to live and work in some of the most remote parts of the world and you can speak to conservationists directly to learn what you can do to help. Expos give you a chance to dive deeper into your love for wildlife, to learn what conservationists are doing to protect endangered animals, and become inspired to make a difference. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

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Michelle Modest, "Examining Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Migratory Routes from Foraging to Breeding Grounds"
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Michelle Modest, "Examining Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Migratory Routes from Foraging to Breeding Grounds"

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for a fascinating presentation by Michelle Modest.  

Southern hemisphere humpback whale populations spend a large portion of the year breeding in tropical waters and migrating up to 11,706 miles between this region and their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Despite this impressive feat, minimal information is known about their migratory journeys. Michelle will share the findings of the first study to examine humpback whale migratory routes from foraging to breeding grounds and will explain how this information will be used to create a comprehensive overview of migratory behaviors and characteristics.

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ACS 2018 Conference "Whales & Us: The Next Generation"
Nov
2
to Nov 4

ACS 2018 Conference "Whales & Us: The Next Generation"

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PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

This conference will focus on the future of whale, dolphin and porpoise conservation. Activities will include speaker sessions with world-renowned experts, a poster session including a student research poster contest, a photography contest, a silent auction, book signings, an art show, vendor exhibits, and much more. We will also hold our traditional pre-conference all-day whale watching trip on Friday November 2nd, and will venture out into the rich southern California waters between Catalina Island and Orange County. 

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Antarctic Peninsula Expedition: Whales, Penguins and Landscapes
Feb
16
to Mar 5

Antarctic Peninsula Expedition: Whales, Penguins and Landscapes

Experience the awe of Antarctica while participating in scientific research and supporting cetacean conservation! Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris and American Cetacean Society have partnered to create an unforgettable expedition offering you the opportunity to travel side-by-side with scientists, polar experts, marine mammal experts and professional photographers through the pristine wilderness that is Antarctica.  You'll sail the Antarctic Peninsula to observe whales in nutrient-rich waters amid colossal glaciers and spectacular mountain landscapes, while having the opportunity to participate in the research being conducted throughout the voyage.   

This thrilling adventure will combine years of experience on the Antarctic Peninsula with a scientific focus on marine mammals. We designed this itinerary to maximize our opportunities to study and watch the whales that inhabit this vibrant and nutrient filled area of the South Shetland Islands and western Antarctic Peninsula. Here we find some of the best whale feeding grounds in the midst of Antarctica’s most stunning landscapes, taking full advantage of the season’s golden light. Sixteen seasoned trip leaders will guide you through zodiac and walking excursions where the opportunities for up-close experiences with humpbacks, Antarctic minke whales, orcas, penguins and seal colonies will surpass your wildest expectations.

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ACS San Francisco Chapter Grant Awardees Kaytlin Ingman & Samantha Jane Cope
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

ACS San Francisco Chapter Grant Awardees Kaytlin Ingman & Samantha Jane Cope

ACS SF Chapter Grant Awardees Kaytlin Ingman and Samantha Jane Cope will share their latest research findings with us. Jane Cope will present “Evaluating the influence of vessel noise on the underwater soundscape of San Francisco Bay.” Kaytlin Ingman will present “Long Term Trends in Baleen Whale Observations Near the Farallon Islands.” Open to the public, free of charge.

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Scott Benson: "Leatherback Sea Turtles in the California Current: Why Leatherbacks Cross the Pacific"
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Scott Benson: "Leatherback Sea Turtles in the California Current: Why Leatherbacks Cross the Pacific"

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With their immense size and peculiar appearance, leatherback turtles resemble species that inhabited Earth in the distant past. A swimming and diving machine, they are uniquely adapted for life at sea. This ancient mariner is the most widely distributed sea turtle, spanning tropical and subarctic waters worldwide. The endangered western Pacific leatherback turtle engages in the longest migration of any aquatic, air-breathing vertebrate. These turtles travel more than 7,000 miles annually between their western Pacific nesting beaches and their eastern Pacific foraging areas. The presentation will cover the biology and ecology of leatherback turtles, the current status of the population, challenges to recovery, and the actions we can take to help.

Scott Benson. Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA – Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program

Scott Benson MSC is a marine ecologist with extensive at-sea research experience throughout the world’s oceans. Stationed at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, he is co-investigator of the SWFSC’s leatherback turtle ecology program and coordinates research on leatherbacks in central California and the Western Pacific. His education includes a B.A. from San Diego State University and an M.S. in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Since 1985, Scott’s research projects have included integrated studies of marine mammals, seabirds and leatherback turtles, with emphasis on abundance, distribution, ecology, and oceanographic patterns influencing the occurrence of these species. Scott has designed, coordinated, and analyzed results from ongoing surveys of marine birds and mammals in Monterey Bay , including collaborative at-sea ecosystem studies. He also coordinated a Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary program to monitor beach deposition rates of marine vertebrates. Results from these studies have successfully documented natural and anthropogenic impacts on seabirds and marine mammals. Recent field work has included systematic aerial surveys for leatherbacks and marine mammals in central California; telemetry studies of North Pacific leatherbacks tagged at-sea in central California, and on nesting beaches in Papua New Guinea and Papua, Indonesia; capacity building and nesting beach research in the western Pacific; and habitat studies of central California foraging grounds. 

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Heirs to Our Oceans
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Heirs to Our Oceans

Heirs To Our Oceans are youth leaders who are dedicated to inspire awareness, responsibility and action amongst youth worldwide to protect the waters of our Blue Planet for future generations.  They empower youth, supporting them in their education and engagement in tackling human impact on our planet.  They are active in the world making change and protecting our oceans through beach clean ups, speaking engagements, political action and more.  The Heirs make every effort to help adults understand that their daily actions affect the oceans and health of their children.

The Heirs work to encourage parents, educators and policy makers to teach youth starting in middle school about real-world problems so that they may develop essential problem-solving skills to prepare them for the world they will inherit.  The Heirs also advocate for children to spend more time in their natural environment — in water! — because one protects what one cares about.

Finally, Heirs foster hope, optimism and the continued processing of creative solutionsin solving the ocean crisis.  Heirs To Our Oceans is creating the next

generation of environmental leaders.   They are unstoppable because they have to be.

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Dr. Baldo B. Marinovic: "Krill: More Than Just Food For Whales"
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Dr. Baldo B. Marinovic: "Krill: More Than Just Food For Whales"

ACS San Francisco Chapter presents: Dr. Baldo B. Marinovic: “Krill: More Than Just food For Whales”

Dr. Baldo Marinovic, a research biologist at Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz studies zooplankton ecology and the dynamics of ocean food webs. MS Marine sciences UCSC, PhD Zoology University Western Australia. This presentation will explore the natural history of krill within the Central California Coastal ecosystem in an attempt to highlight their importance with respect to the overall health of this ecosystem. This event is open to the public and is free of charge.

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