Together in Defeating Environmental Sabotage (TIDES)

Be the change you want to see in the world.
— Gandhi

I created this club TIDES (Together In Defeating Environmental Sabotage) at my high school with a friend of mine four years ago for our Model United Nations class. We have essentially tried to do monthly beach clean ups and raise awareness on ocean pollution, something that I am very passionate about. This past year we decided to raise money for an organization as part of our implementation for our project and our club agreed that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the best one! They are local and do incredible work for the marine life. Our fundraising this year consisted of a raffle in the fall/winter for two Disneyland tickets, each raffle ticket was only $1.

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We also hosted a fundraiser cleanup in the spring

(this being the only cleanup that required a fee) where everyone who participated got one of our t-shirts.

My friend and I just graduated and will be attending Cal Poly SLO in the fall. My major is actually marine science and I am hoping to continue this club up in SLO. We did choose two new amazing guys to take over for the high school club (Jakob Flores and Seth Weber) and I believe they will also be fundraising this year in order to make another donation next year. The TIDES club is happy to support PMMC, again, glad we could help out! TIDES website for more information. 

-Posted by Dana Twisk August 2018

Education

"In the end we will conserve only what we love, We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught"

-Baba Dioum

As technology continues to evolve there is an increasing distance between children and nature. Our common sense around wildlife is no longer intuitive and the need to cultivate environmental champions is at its greatest. It is essential that we provide children with opportunities to connect with the natural world and open their eyes to the need to protect it. In doing so, we can also inspire the next generation of scientists and wildlife rescuers by giving children experiences that allow them to explore careers that support the environment. This is one of the fundamental reasons we offer educational programs at Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

Camp Pinniped is one of the best examples of how we meet these goals.

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campers learn steps in rescuing and rehabilitating animals through using equipment in a mock rescue, admit their ‘plush’ sea lion patient in the hospital after diagnosing its needs and then proceed to making fish smoothie formula which they learn how to administer as part of the rehabilitation effort.

Observing and walking through each of these aspects of what we do help kids understand how we work with the recuperating animals at our hospital. They learn the interesting and the ‘icky’ sides of the job while sorting dead fish in order to make a patient’s meal and cleaning hospital units. Their picture of an animal care giver’s job quickly changes from largely hands on with animals to the reality of it which is primarily meal prep and lots of cleaning! Animal pens, food bowls and buckets, there is always something that needs to be cleaned! While taking scientific observations of the animals, they learn that science isn’t all white lab coats and beakers.

Throughout their journey, campers hear the stories of animals impacted by human negligence and become impassioned about environmental stewardship and conservation. Children learn they can take an active role that make a difference through activities such as creating public service announcement skits that they script and video themselves. In doing so they realize that they don’t have to wait to be an adult to make an impact on the world.

We frequently have children who return each summer. They are eager to share with us their stories of inspiring others to appreciate and care for the natural world. Most gratifying are the emails we get from those who are now in college studying marine science. In these moments we are proud to see that the educational opportunities Pacific Marine Mammal Center provides is culminating in young adults that are going on to make that next discovery, protect the planet and carrying the torch to inspire others.

-Posted by Kirsten Donald June 2018

Collaboration

Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.
— - Simon Mainwaring

Hi everyone, Pacific Marine Mammal Center here on our first blog post. Our goal is simple, to facilitate a space for creative thinking, collaborative research and discussion to improve upon the marine mammal, oceanic and environmental field. This once monthly blog hopes to bring together like-minded individuals, working together toward a collaborative goal.

On a recent trip out East PMMC worked with over six different organizations trying to tackle the issues that are currently facing our marine mammals and the environment we share. 

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is an organization of biologists and volunteers with decades of expereince in marine mammal and sea turtle research and response. Their mission is to promote conservation of the marine enviornement through action. 

Working with the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), we conducted seal population and observation surveys and seal necropsies to capture and collect data. AMCS works closely with other organizations to disseminate that data to other environmental managers. 

To study the crucial role pinnipeds and other marine mammals have in our enviornment, takes more than just one organization. Traveling up the coast we stopped at National Marine Life Center  (NMLC) in Bourne, Massachusetts to assist in the satellite tagging of a harp seal.

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has a unique opportunity to learn more about their species undergoing rehabilitation like PMMC. This harp seal presented a middle ear issue. Using the satellite tag technology we can study this animal once it is released back into the wild, ensureing it is diving adequately. 

The collaboration of many different organizations has provided the resources to make further research possible; Marine Mammals of Maine, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and National Marine Life Center

Bringing this all together we head to New Bedford, MA for the semi-annual North Atlantic Seal Research Consortium meeting. 

meeting is a one-day conference to incorporate scientific and informal observation, presentation, panel discussion, open community forum and synthesis.

This conference hosted 19 speakers associated with the NASRC community to discuss the relationship pinnipeds have within our ecosystem, environment and interaction with humans and fisheries. It brought together diverse perspectives from students, biologists, commercial fisherman, marine tourist and other professionals to address those bigger picture issues. 

The conclusion is the same on both the East and West coasts, we have the same issues, just different species; unusual mortality events, entanglements, population management levels, the balance between human needs and societal values, education and outreach, coexistance and ecosystem roles. 

By sharing information and data and having cross continental collaboration we can address these issues we are facing and prove that together we can do more. 


Posted by Krysta Higuchi May 9, 2018