Today I got a surprise package in the mail from Dr. Thomas Jefferson. He sent me 7 books (some written by him, some about the Vaquita, and even one about the Baiji), a brochure, and a sticker as a thank you for me sending him 20 of my books. He has been so amazing to me, from answering my first ever Vaquita question, to sending me magazines and brochures in the mail. I just want to thank him for everything and wish him and the rest of the team the best of luck on Expedition Vaquita 2013, which begins Monday.
Thanks to William Whittenbury, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society has turned our ideas for the Vaquita Conservation Society into reality. Though it is still in the beginnings, they have created a charity that sends its donations to the switch-out program, (where the government gives fishermen alternative, Vaquita-safe fishing gear) and they are the first group to do so. Right now, the only way to donate is to send a check by mail to: P.O. Box 1208, San Pedro, CA 90733-1208. It is very important that you write “Vaquita” on the memo line for it to go to the switch-out. I believe that the best chance for the Vaquita is the switch-out, because the new trawls provide the ideal results for both man and porpoise. Eventually, the charity will be much more public and have a bigger impact, but, as I said, the charity is still taking its baby steps. Please share this post with your friends (click on the title of the post and then scroll down until you see the social media buttons) and donate.
Also, a new idea is forming within the Muskwa Headquarters that could be our biggest project yet. Stay tuned.