My book is now being sold in the Point Vicente Interpretive Center! The Center, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, adjacent to the Point Vincente Lighthouse, is dedicated to teaching its visitors about the history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. They hosted one of Muskwa’s Vaquita tables on July 6 for National Save the Vaquita Day, and have been a very useful ally in our efforts. They will now be holding my book in their gift shop!
In addition, the gift shop will be having a book signing this Saturday, November 9, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, where you can pick up a pre-signed copy of my book (I obviously cannot be there, considering I am 2,726 miles away). If you live in the area, please stop by to explore the Center and get a copy of the world’s first Vaquita book!
Also, please subscribe to TheMuskwaclub on YouTube. They have some great videos, including The Vanishing Vaquita. You do not need to have a YouTube account to subscribe. If they reach 100 subscribers, they can begin some awesome new projects that will be very entertaining and informative.
I am completely shocked by the email I just received from William Whittenbury, Muskwa Club president:
“THIS JUST IN-
During the preparations for National Save the Vaquita Day this year, we reached out to President Obama, asking him to officially declare July 6 to be the National Save the Vaquita Day. While we did not receive a response on the issue, we felt it was a valuable experience to reach out to the White House.
Today we received a package addressed to Hannah (our publicity director) as “Ms. Hannah Kim, Director of Public Relations, Muskwa Club.” Guess who it was from! Inside was a card with the compliments of THE PRESIDENT as well as a copy of his official proclamation that made June 2013 World Oceans Month. While the Vaquita Day was not officially declared, the White House took the time to respond and make the connection between the Vaquita and the ocean!
So, in short, Muskwa is now recognized as an organization by the President of the United States!”
I was so excited to read this! It is obviously a huge step for Muskwa and an enormous deal for the Vaquita!
Also, today Cheryl Butner received her birthday present from Diane Glim (both of the American Cetacean Society), and guess what it was? My book! I am so thankful to both of them, and they even are purchasing 20 for the ACS’s Christmas fundraiser!
Here is the Muskwa Club’s official coverage of National Save the Vaquita Day from their monthly newsletter The Phoenix and the Flame. Please enjoy some firsthand accounts of the day and learn a bit more about this wonderful organization.
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Below is an awesome article by Sandy Mazza from dailybreeze.com. The article features interviews with William Whittenbury and Diane Alps, two people whom I coordinated with a lot for the July 6 event. The very accurate article nicely recaps all of the important information about the Vaquita and its very special day, July 6.
Today, Saturday, July 6, is National Save the Vaquita Day. If there was ever a day to help the Vaquita, today’s the day. I am asking you to do your part to save the Vaquita, even if you only do something seemingly miniscule. For example, today I am riding my bike around my neighborhood, putting Vaquita flyers in people’s mailboxes (I couldn’t man the Virginia table due to travel reasons). To do your part today, you could attend a Vaquita table (click here for a list), donate through ¡Viva Vaquita!’s website, buy my book, post a status update about the Vaquita on a social network, fill out this survey with the Vaquita’s information and range (the northern Gulf of California, Mexico), ride your bike around your neighborhood with the printable, quarter-sheet flyers below, make a pledge to have a DVD (Daily Vaquita Duty), or any combination of those. I would love to hear your ideas about how you can help the Vaquita today and every other day, so please leave what you did today in the comments. Thank you so much for your participation in this vital new holiday.
Muskwa’s informational video is finally on YouTube! Below you can watch the wonderful video, which has a script by me and William Whittenbury, and features some of my drawings (the ones that say Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky). The video is very well put together, with beautiful music and entertaining videography. Please watch it to learn all about the Vaquita in the spirit of National Save the Vaquita Day!
Saturday, July 6, marks enormous day for everyone in the Vaquita world. It is National Save the Vaquita Day, which we Muskwans created as a day to celebrate and teach the world about the wonderful Vaquita. We are going to have tables at in 9 cities, run by members of the Muskwa Club, the American Cetacean Society, and NOAA. Please celebrate this monumental event with us at one of the locations below.
Key: Maroon—Muskwa Club, Indigo—Muskwa and the American Cetacean Society, Orange—American Cetacean Society, Magenta—Muskwa Club and NOAA
Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Virginia Beach Aquarium, Virginia Beach, VA
Oklahoma Aquarium, Tulsa, OK
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Los Angeles, CA
Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester, MA
Point Dume, CA
Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, HI
If you have any questions about the event, please email William Whittenbury at firstname.lastname@example.org.