Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez, Laguna Magdelena & Laguna San Ignacio

$5 Suggested Donation goes toward Student Research Grants

If you would like to meet for Happy Hour before the presentation, let's meet up at 5:45 in the bar area!  Saylor's has a great happy hour and $5 "small plates"!

loomisPlease join naturalist Jerry Loomis of “Journeys with Loomis and Jones” as he tells us of his experiences Whale Watching in the Sea of Cortez , Laguna Magdalena, and Laguna San Ignacio.

He and Dana Jones created “Journeys with Loomis and Jones” and in so doing began exploring the interior of Baja on their trips as well. He will talk about the Cultural and Natural history of the region. He has made over 20 trips to Southern Baja as a Naturalist and fisherman, of which 15 trips were to see Gray Whales in the calving lagoons of Laguna San Ignacio and Laguna Magdalena.

His base of operations is now in marine life rich Loreto Bay where an incredible variety of wildlife is seen on their day trips by boat. He has a special connection and understanding with the people and the gray whales of San Ignacio Lagoon and a creative approach to gray whale conservation. Jerry is also the President of the Monterey Chapter of the American Cetacean Society.

As a naturalist, he has made several trips to San Ignacio Whale Lagoon in Baja , Mexico . Not only did he study and observe the gray whales there, he also became involved with some of the locals in the village of San Ignacio . He, along with Monterey ACS Chapter Board members Carol Maehr and Esta Lee Albright, initiated an outreach program which purchased educational supplies for the students at the village school. The people there already had a strong conservation ethic with regard to the gray whales that calve and breed there. Jerry felt that if they helped the children of San Ignacio they would be better able to continue whale protection in the future.

loomis1Jerry was fundamental in connecting with students in Mexican universities, encouraging them to apply for research grants from across the border. Several grants have been awarded to graduate students attending Mexican universities.

Jerry has long supported conservation through his role as a State Park Ranger for over 20 years. During that time he was the dive master at Point Lobos for nearly 2 decades, was a guiding force for the Point Lobos Docent program, participated in the sea otter translocation project at San Nicolas Island and participated in baleen recovery projects in 1984 and 2000 during which blue and humpback whale baleen was recovered. These projects occurred during a time when there was little baleen available for educational purposes. The recovered humpback baleen is now on display at the Whaler’s Cabin Museum at Point Lobos and the blue whale baleen has been distributed far and wide for educational uses. Jerry now serves on the Point Lobos Association Board of Directors and recently co-chaired the month long celebration of Point Lobos’ 75th Anniversary as a CaliforniaState Park.

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  • Sailor D.

    Great presentation. Lots of good info on seeing whales, and being real close. Loved the photos and their big eyes.

    July 31, 2013

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