[MARMAM] Event Announcement: Bruce Mate Presentation 4/21

Donna Sandstrom donna at thewhaletrail.org
Fri Apr 8 13:11:31 PDT 2016

For Immediate Release
Event Annoucement
Contact: Donna Sandstrom, donna at thewhaletrail.org, 206-919-5397

The Whale Trail Presents

"How We Save Whales from Space"
Presentation by Bruce Mate

Thursday April 21, 7 PM - 8:30
--Doors open 6:15
Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle WA
$10, ($5 Kids under 12)
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com

Join us for this rare Seattle appearance by renowned whale researcher Bruce
Mate. Bruce will demonstrate how his teams use satellite-monitored radio
tags to identify critical habitats and migration routes of endangered
whales to protect them. His talk will focus on western and ENP gray whales,
right whales, and contemporary issues for blue whales during the last few
years of warm water as examples.

Bruce Mate is the Director and Endowed Chair of the Marine Mammal Institute
at Oregon State University, and founder of Oregon's Whale Watching Spoken
Here program.

Bruce's talk is hosted by The Whale Trail, and co-sponsored by Seal Sitters
and the American Cetacean Society, Puget Sound Chapter. Celebrate Earth Day
Eve with us!

About the Speaker

Bruce Mate is a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio
telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and
tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins,
gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales,
fin whales and blue whales. This work has led to the discovery of
previously unknown migration routes and seasonal distributions (wintering
and summering areas), as well as descriptions of diving behavior to better
understand feeding effort.

His research primarily focuses on endangered whale species whose
distributions, movements, and critical habitats (for feeding, breeding, and
migration) are unknown for much of the year. Decision makers use this
valuable information to manage human activities that may jeopardize the
recovery of endangered whale populations, such as moving shipping lanes for
North Atlantic right whales.

In 2010 and 2011, Bruce Mate’s team used satellite telemetry to track three
critically endangered western gray whales from their feeding grounds in
Russia to join the eastern Pacific gray whale migration to Baja California.
The findings shed new light on the interactions of these populations, and
have profound implications for their long-term management and conservation.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites along the west
coast where the public can view orcas and other marine mammals from shore.
Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our
marine environment.

>From 16 inaugural sites in Washington state, there are now more than 60,
from California to British Columbia. Through our sites and signs, including
two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 30 million people
each year. The Whale Trail also produces programs including a popular Orca
Talk lecture series in West Seattle, and transboundary Orca Tours featuring
Erich Hoyt.

The Whale Trail Washington is led by a core team of partners including NOAA
Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle
Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, and the Whale
Museum. Our regional planning teams are led by the BC Cetacean Sighting
Network and Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. The Whale Trail is a
501(c)3 nonprofit organization, headquartered in Seattle. Donna Sandstrom
is the Founder and Executive Director. Join us! Follow us on Facebook
<http://the whale trail facebook>, too.

Donna Sandstrom
Founder/Executive Director
The Whale Trail

Connect. Protect. Inspire.
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