Submitted by The Whale Museum
The Whale Museum is holding an exciting gear down workshop for marine naturalists on Saturday, Nov. 16. This event will be held at the San Juan Island Grange Hall and doors open at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will focus on research and recovery efforts related to Southern resident killer whales with an emphasis on what has been learned over the last 10 plus years and what gaps still remain. Invited presenters include Mike Ford, with National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, on genetics and paternity; John W. Durban, NOAA, and Holly Fearnbach, Sealife Response, Rehabilitation and Release, or SR3, on photogrammetry research and body condition; Brad Hanson, NOAA, on prey and diet; Dawn P. Noren, NOAA, on contaminant transfer from moms to calves as well as body condition analyses and necropsy results; Jennifer Tennessen, NOAA, on integrating movement and sound data to understand differences in foraging-related behaviors and prey capture rates between males and females and across populations; and Grace Ferrara, NOAA, on future recovery plans and actions. A no-host reception at Mike’s Café & Wine Bar will follow.
The registration fee is $35 for non-members; $25 for TWM/SSAMN members per event. Lunch can be pre-ordered for an additional $10. Registration can be done online at https://whalemuseum.org/products/gear-down. For more information, call 360-378-4710 ext. 30.