Date: 10/8/19 1:51 pm
From: Blake Matheson <gypaetusbarbatus1...>
Subject: [MBBIRDS] MAS Program tonight, 10/8, on the Whales of Guerrero
*TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, PG MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY at 730PM: Whales of
Guerrero with Katherina Audley*

Barra de Potosí in SW Mexico is a little known jewel, and it’s at a tipping
point. Humpback whales breed there every winter, and resident dolphins
delight visitors, but before Katherina Audley arrived, fishing was almost
the only local industry. For the past 6 years, she has been working to
change that through cooperative research, ecotourism, and community-driven
conservation.

Her organization, the Whales of Guerrero, has been conducting collaborative
whale and dolphin research in Barra de Potosí since 2013. With local
fisheries on the verge of collapse, they have supported newly formed
ecotourism coops to provide a new way for local people to make a living,
and trained 75 boat owners from across the region in whale safe boating.
Their environmental education programs have reached 3500+ kids in 25
schools.

Over the past six years, Whales of Guerrero has worked to transform the
relationship between people and nature in this special part of the world.
The seeds of stewardship have taken root in Barra de Potosí, and now they
are beginning to bear fruit.

Learn about the 16 species of marine mammals identified so far in this
region, how a community of fishermen became committed whale protectors and
a special village in Mexico where all the resident kids know their local
whales by name. Katherina will also share her top tips on how to empower
and inspire communities to become marine conservationists and lessons
learned along the way.

We hope to see you there,

--
*Blake T. Matheson*
Monterey Peninsula
http://www.birdsandbeasts.org
* "If you save the living environment, the biodiversity that we have left,
you will also automatically save the physical environment, too... If you
only save the physical environment, you will ultimately lose both." E.O.
Wilson. *

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