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Harbor Porpoises in the Salish Sea

April 21, 2015

PBI’s goal for the Harbor Porpoise Project is to establish powerful protection for a healthy, sustainable population of harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea, and to help educate the public about this little-known species.

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Earth Day! We have exciting news to share with you! On May 5th, PBI is joining more than 8,000 nonprofits for the Give Local America crowdfunding event to raise funds to protect and preserve species diversity.

In anticipation of this BIG event, over the next couple of weeks we will share updates on our local projects here in Washington, starting today with our Harbor Porpoise Project.

PBI began studying the harbor porpoise in 2007, using land-based observations, 24/7 underwater acoustic recordings, and photo identification images. In 2008, we pioneered the use of passive acoustic monitors (underwater listening devices) in the Pacific Northwest to track harbor porpoise presence.
Numerous young marine biologists have received PBI training in collecting and examining acoustic data, research methods, reporting and public communication, all of which will assist them in furthering their careers. Dozens of land-based volunteers, too, have learned about the harbor porpoise and been trained to collect observation data. In 2014, our volunteer observers, scientists, interns, divers, boat operators and others logged hundreds of volunteer hours in support of Salish Sea harbor porpoise research!

Dedicated PBI volunteer observers Pattie Hutchins, Chris Brown, Mike Mohundro (using theodolite) and Sue Ehler (seated) are testing a theodolite to track the paths of the porpoises.

PBI's harbor porpoise research has expanded from one research site at Fidalgo Island’s Burrows Pass to include four additional sites: Rosario Strait, Admiralty Inlet near the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, the mouth of Hood Canal, and Saturna Island, British Columbia. At each site, we have placed acoustic monitors, and some sites also have land-based observers. Through this expanded research network, we are starting to document seasonal movements and distribution of harbor porpoises. The data is helping to identify key habitat areas, and findings shared with Washington state agencies will help establish needed harbor porpoise protection.
And, as always, we continue to educate and engage the public in a variety of venues. Funding this work is an ongoing challenge, and it’s your support that makes it possible!
Please help us by doing the following:

1. Mark Give Local America on your calendar for May 5th, and bookmark this giving link:

2. Please make a donation to support PBI on Tuesday, May 5th. (Or, you can donate today, here, if you would rather!)

3. Help spread the word! Share this email with someone who might like to know about PBI and our Harbor Porpoise Project!

4. Follow PBI on Facebook and Twitter, and also follow the Harbor Porpoise Project on Facebook. Make sure to select “Get Notifications” when liking our Facebook pages, and invite your friends to like us too!
We look forward to celebrating the difference your generosity will make!


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