International Save the Vaquita Day tomorrow!

I want YOU

If you haven’t already heard, tomorrow (or today in some places), Saturday, July 12, is International Save the Vaquita Day. ISTVD is a day dedicated to protecting the innocent little Vaquita. The world has been rough to this petite porpoise, and tomorrow is a chance for us to start paying it back. So what will you be doing for International Save the Vaquita Day? Below is a list of confirmed venues for tomorrow. Please check out Facebook or email me at <gl.tamarin123@gmail.com> to find out what times the tables will be. If you can’t find out, a good bet is late morning, and most tables will last for at least a 3-4 hours. Please click here to spread the word, and here to sign VIVA Vaquita’s petition. For a lot more information on ISTVD, check out: https://vlogvaquita.com/international-save-the-vaquita-day-2014/. And if you can’t make it to one of these tables, there will be a Tweetstorm going on tomorrow; all you have to do is write a tweet that includes the hashtags “#SaveTheVaquita” or “#ISTVD” to help make them trending worldwide. If you want, you can check out @vlogvaquita for some pre-written Vaquita tweets that you can copy and paste for the Tweetstorm.

Thanks to everyone who plans on participating in ISTVD and a huge round of applause to all of the organizers!

List of Events & Locations:

UNITED STATES

CALIFORNIA
Long Beach, CA
Aquarium of the Pacific

Monterey, CA
American Cetacean Society – Museum of Monterey, Custom House Plaza

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Point Vicente Interpretive Center

San Diego, CA (4 sites)
• Cabrillo National Monument, Pt. Loma
• Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista
• SD Natural History Museum, Balboa Park
• Tecolote Shores, South, Mission Bay Park

San Pedro, CA
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Santa Cruz, CA
Save The Whales – Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

ARIZONA
Biosphere 2 (10 am to 2 pm), Tucson

HAWAII – OAHU
Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Kapolei
Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu

OREGON
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport

VIRGINIA
Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach

AUSTRALIA
Southern Cross University, East Lismore, NSW
Community Center, Byron Bay, NSW

AUSTRIA
Vienna

CHINA
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, Hong Kong

MEXICO
Dr. Jorge Urban – Estudiantes Somemna, La Paz

NETHERLANDS
Warnsveld, Gelderland

Thanks to William Whittenbury and the Muskwa Club for arranging many of these locations & making the map below.

Map View of International Save The Vaquita Day 2014

#SaveTheVaquita Tweetstorm recap

Were you one of the hundreds and hundreds of people who participated in the #SaveTheVaquita Tweetstorm last night? If so, thank you so much, and if not, you can still tweet the hashtag #SaveTheVaquita to help!

The Tweetstorm was an outstanding success! I can’t believe how many people wrote about the Vaquita in one night! We got over 1,500 tweets (not even including retweets) with the hashtag #SaveTheVaquita, and countless more people read those tweets. We were getting about 250 tweets per hour! People are still tweeting as you read this! You can read all of the #SaveTheVaquita tweets here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaveTheVaquita&src=typd&f=realtime.

Seeing as many of the #SaveTheVaquita tweeters have thousands of followers, the viewership was literally exponential. My aunt coincidentally texted me saying that she saw a Vaquita tweet (she knows about it from my book), and little did she know that it was because of a Tweetstorm that I helped create! If my aunt, who had no idea about the Tweetstorm before our conversation, saw a tweet about the Vaquita, who knows how many other people did! Some famous people in the cetacean world joined the storm, such as @jeffrey_ventre and @Sam10k, both former SeaWorld trainers turned anti-captivity, who are in the revolutionary documentary Blackfish.

Unfortunately, the hashtag did not go trending worldwide, though it likely did locally in multiple locations. When I started to type in the hashtag, #SaveTheVaquita was one of the first suggestions, meaning it was very popular last night. I just want to thank everyone who tweeted for the world’s most endangered marine mammal, especially the people who tweeted more than once (you know who you are), because you really made a difference! Muskwa and I are already planning the next Tweetstorm!

Thank You

The #SaveTheVaquita Tweetstorm starts NOW!

Drop what you are doing and get on Twitter immediately! The #SaveTheVaquita Tweerstorm starts NOW!

Tweet the hashtag #SaveTheVaquita to make it trending worldwide! You can read more about it here: https://vlogvaquita.com/2013/12/18/savethevaquita-tweetstorm/. Also, if you would like, you can direct the tweets to celebrities by adding their @usernames (and mine, @vlogvaquita) in the tweet in addition to #SaveTheVaquita.

Find your time zone below to see when the Tweetstorm will be ending (sorry if yours is not on here; I only put the most likely time zones for people that would be participating, but your time zone can easily be found online.):

January 1st

5:00 pm – 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time
6:00 pm – 12:59 am Mountain Standard Time
7:00 pm – 1 :59 am Central Standard Time
8:00 pm – 2:59 am Eastern Standard Time

January 2nd

1:00 am – 7:59 am Coordinated Universal Time
2:00 am – 8:59 am Central European Time
3:00 am – 9:59 am Eastern European Time

I will be posting a summary afterwards and hopefully saying that we made the Vaquita trending! Please tell all of your friends and tweet away!

#SaveTheVaquita Tweetstorm!

Have you ever heard of a Tweetstorm? “A Tweet-what?” you may say. Well, let me enlighten you. A Tweetstorm is a concerted effort on Twitter to get as many people as possible to all tweet the same hashtag during a small time frame in order to give that hashtag extreme popularity, landing it on the ‘Trending Topics’ chart.

The Muskwa Club and I are organizing a Tweetstorm for #SaveTheVaquita on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 11:59 pm Pacific Time (8:00 pm to 2:59 am ET). During this time, we would like for everyone to tweet about the critically endangered Vaquita using the hashtag #SaveTheVaquita. Also, you can include some eco-conscious celebrities in the tweets, like the incredible @LeoDiCaprio or my favorite singer Moby (@thelittleidiot) so they catch all of this Vaquita buzz.

A Tweetstorm is similar to a petition, but interactive and with more immediate results and potentially a much wider audience. A great example is the Tweetstorm for #SOSMauisDolphins, which garnered almost 12,000 tweets, landing at number 5 on the ‘Trending Topics’ chart, ahead of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. If we only get a fraction of the tweets that they did, ours can still be considered a success. My goal is 1,000 tweets, but goals are meant to be exceeded.

“Ugh, this social media stuff isn’t for me,” you could be saying right about now. Even if you are a firm believer that social media is only for teenagers and balk at the thought of yourself tweeting, the least you could do is email the flyer below to your friends. But to all you tech-savvy people out there (basically everyone that is reading this), please participate. I would not be nagging about this so much if I didn’t think it was one of the best ways to help the Vaquita. So mark it on your calendars, check out this countdown a few times to remind you, share the flyer increasingly frequently, and get your tweeting muscles ready! If you have been on the border between getting a Twitter account or not, please get one, even if you delete it after the Storm. Thanks so much from the Vaquita!

And don’t forget to follow me (sidebar under ‘Stay Connected’)!

Vaquita Tweetstorm