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The San Francisco Chapter of the American Cetacean Society (ACS) supports the mission, vision, and values of the national organization: to protect whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats through public education, research grants, and conservation actions.

Whales, dolphins, and porpoises face more challenges today than at any other time in history. More than ever before, we must explore innovative, strategic ways to ensure the protection, safety, and welfare of cetaceans, and restore the health and biodiversity of wild marine and riverine habitats.

Together, we can protect cetaceans and their habitats in ways that restore ecosystem health, and in doing so, secure hope for humankind.

ACS recognizes that mission success will only be possible in cooperation and collaboration with key partners. We value and commit to creating and maintaining effective partnerships with key non-governmental, intergovernmental, and non-profit organizations, local whale watching operators, government and private entities, and academic institutions whose missions intersect with our own.

Please join the national organization at http://www.acsonline.org (http://www.acsonline.org/)

Upcoming events (3)

Happy Hour before the ACS Presentation

Sausalito Seahorse

Join us at Sausalito Seahorse. Happy hour is until 6:30pm. Appetizers are half off. Afterwards, let's follow Robyn to the presentation down the road at Bay Model Visitor Center. Please sign up for presentation here: https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-American-Cetacean-Society-Chapter/events/258326368/ *Please bring CASH and be sure to tip your servers.*

Charles Vinick: "Keiko's Legacy: What We Learned From the Story of Free Willy"

Join ACS San Francisco Bay Chapter for a captivating evening with Charles Vinick, Executive Director of Whale Sanctuary Project, as he shares with us the legacy of Keiko, the star of the film Free Willy. The project to return the Free Willy whale, Keiko, to his birth waters near Iceland emanated from thousands of letters sent by children demanding that the star of Free Willy be set free. Charles will share his experience of four years managing that project in Vestmannaeyjar Iceland and discuss how the knowledge gained from Keiko informs the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project. Admission is free, donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students. REGISTRATION IS RECOMMENDED as we expect a high level of interest! We’ll reserve seats for Eventbrite registrants, click here to reserve your seat: http://bit.ly/CharlesVinick ABOUT CHARLES VINICK: Executive Director, The Whale Sanctuary Project (click for more info: https://whalesanctuaryproject.org/) A member of the Whale Sanctuary Project Board of Directors since mid-2016, Charles brings a unique blend of leadership and experience to his role as Executive Director. With a solid background in business that includes extensive experience in ocean policy, environmental policy, project management and government relations, Charles is no stranger to ambitious, visionary, ocean-related projects. Mr. Vinick previously worked for the Cousteau family for over 25 years managing their ocean-related activities with positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ocean Futures Society, Vice President of the Cousteau Society, and Fonde de Pouvoir of Parc Oceanique Cousteau in Paris, France. His experience has afforded him the privilege of being in the wild with whales, including in his capacity as director of the program to return Keiko (the Free Willy whale) to the wild, as well as in his role as producer of Cousteau films. Before joining the Whale Sanctuary Project, Charles served as CEO of two environmental technology companies, Florida-based Ecosphere Technologies, Inc., and Aquantis, Inc. in Santa Barbara. Locally, in Santa Barbara California, Charles has also served as CEO of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation and is a founding Board member of Heal the Ocean. He has received commendations from the White House for his work with youth education and from the Los Angeles City Council for community environmentalism. Charles currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Heal the Ocean and Ocean Futures Society. #emptythetanks, #captivitykills, #whale, #dolphins, #cetacean, #acssanfrancisco

Michelle Modest: “Humpback Whale Migratory Routes, Foraging to Breeding Grounds”

Please join the ACS San Francisco Chapter for this fascinating presentation by Michelle Modest: “Examining Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whale Migratory Routes from Foraging to Breeding Grounds”. Free of charge, donations are welcome. Southern hemisphere humpback whale populations spend a large portion of the year breeding in tropical waters and migrating between this region and their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic. They travel great distances during their seasonal migration, the farthest migration of any mammal, with distances up to 11,706 miles recorded. Despite this impressive feat, minimal information is known about their migratory journeys. We have tagged numerous humpback whales with ARGOS satellite tags in the Antarctic feeding grounds over the past several years and have collected data on complete tracks from Antarctica to the western coast of South America. This is the first study to examine humpback whale migratory routes from foraging to breeding grounds, and one of the few to have a workable sample size. We will use this information to create a comprehensive overview of migratory behaviors and characteristics. Biography: Michelle Modest originally hails from State College, Pennsylvania. She received her BA from Yale University, and then went on Imperial College London to complete an MSc in Conservation Science. At Imperial, she worked with Brandon Southall to complete her thesis titled Anthropogenic noise pollution: Understanding the effects of mid-frequency active sonar on Risso’s dolphin behavior. She is now a first year PhD student in Ari Friedlaender’s lab at UC Santa Cruz, and is very excited to spend the next 5 years investigating the effects of climate change on humpback whales in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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