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!