Flyer

Using one of the beautiful paintings that Memuco made for the cover of my book, I created a flyer for my World Oceans Day table. Please share this on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to attract as many people as you can to this awesome event. Unfortunately, the National Aquarium in Baltimore will not be able to host a table on July 6, so I will not be there on National Save the Vaquita Day. I look forward to possibly working with them in the future, though.

WOD Poster

Social media

After reading the pages and some posts on this blog, you will know a few things: One, I am a kid with an obsession for a porpoise that I might never see. Two, the porpoise is extremely endangered due to entanglement in gillnets. Three, it will be gone within a few years without the removal of the nets from the only place they live, the northern Gulf of California. That’s really the most important stuff.

Next, you might be thinking, “Well, I would like to help this thing, but I don’t have much spare money, and I don’t live near where all of the cool events take place to help and learn about it. Anyway, what could I possibly do to help it when there are scientists who are actually trying?” Then you might click out of the page.

I had the exact same thoughts. Living almost as far away from it in this country as possible, I felt like I was missing out on all of the booths and fundraisers and such. I donated a few hundred bucks over the period of a year, but I knew in the back of my mind that such money is dwarfed by the already millions of dollars spent by the Mexican government. Don’t get me wrong, donations to groups like ¡Viva Vaquita! are vital, but it doesn’t always feel that way. You want to know the best way to help the Vaquita from your chair that is nowhere near Mexico, right?

The answer is social media. That’s right, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg, Google Plus+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, MySpace, DeviantArt, Tumblr, WordPress, and many more. Post something about the Vaquita. Tell your friends and have them do the same. What’s better: one person donating $100, or 200 people each donating $15? Not only does the second one equal 30 times more money for the Vaquita, but 200 people, rather than one, learn about it, and it’s likely they will pass it on too.

So the next time you want to post a status update on Facebook, write about the little Mexican porpoise. As a matter of fact, do it right now. Go ahead, Facebook is waiting.

Facebook

I strongly recommend liking ¡Viva Vaquita! on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vivavaquita. They have great posts, links, and contests. If you already liked them, then you probably know about the music video for Garage Rockstars Guadalajara’s song “Desapareciendo,” dedicated to the Vaquita: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF1ItEQ_6TE.

Also, if you plan on going to Mexico (particularly around the Vaquita’s range), think about visiting these businesses that are owned/started by fishermen who changed livelihoods to help the Vaquita: http://www.cedointercultural.org/images/stories/list_of_the_pace_vaquita-reserve_support_projects.pdf.

Spanish WWF petition

Here is another petition by WWF Mexico to the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto (again, if you have his email, please give it to me for my petition). The page is entirely in Spanish, so here are what the words mean in the petition box:

www.panda.org/vaquita/

(____) ya han firmado. Ayúdanos a conseguir 50,000: (____) have already signed. Help us get 50,000

País: Country

Nombre: First Name

Apellido: Last Name

Email: Email

Código Postal: Zip code

Quiero recibir noticias y actualizaciones: I want to receive news and updates

Firmar Petición: Sign Petition

If you want to read the petition before signing (it’s basically the same as the other one), just copy and paste into Google Translate. I find it very fun to search the web for new Vaquita info and pictures. Check out these two cool Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/SanFelipePescadosYMariscos and https://www.facebook.com/WWF.Mexico. I find myself learning Spanish very rapidly with all these websites. ¡Qué tenga un buen día!

Tom Jefferson slideshow

Take a little while to go through this presentation/slide show by Tom Jefferson: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.404646446091.182152.164400421091&type=3. It is very informative, and talks about a lot of important issues.

Along with that, watch these two videos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=vb.164400421091&type=2, also on the ¡Viva Vaquita! Facebook page. The one with the active Vaquitas is very heartening. If you haven’t already, check out the rest of the photos and the whole Facebook page when you get the chance. It makes me want to live in San Diego!:) Thanks.