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.


Monterey County Gives! fundraiser

If you’ve been wanting to donate, now’s a great time! As seen on ¡Viva Vaquita!’s Facebook page, Save the Whales is one of the donation options for Monterey County Gives! 2012’s fundraiser. The money donated to STW will go directly to the Vaquita! Please go to: https://www.montereycountygives.com/Donate.aspx, and under Animals please select Save The Whales and donate ($5 minimum) before December 31! Thank You!
Another great way to donate, especially for the holidays, is with the ¡Viva Vaquita! La Tienda. 100% of proceeds from the wonderful Vaquita items you can buy there goes to our favorite porpoise!

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Please go to Viva Vaquita’s website and go to the Facebook part on the bottom to look at some cool news updates; I might as well just show you the whole site rather than giving you each update separately.

Also, you might know that I am an avid birder (see my birding blog). I have found a “winged Vaquita.” A species of shorebird, called the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, is in as much need for help as the Vaquita. There are only about 200 left (sound familiar?), and are rapidly decreasing. I have taken the responsibilty of creating a new blog, The Spoon-billed Sandpiper World, and it serves the same purpose as V-log: to inform the public about an extremely endangered species. TSBSW is still a work in progress, but please check it out and follow it so you will be able to get all the updates. Thanks so much.

Toshiba Vision rejecting Vaquita

¡Viva Vaquita! brings up a great point in saying in a Facebook post that Toshiba Vision has not allowed the Vaquita picture in Times Square, NYC to be on the big screen for the Put Your Face on Toshiba Vision. I actually happened to contact Toshiba Vision about a week ago with the same complaint, still with no reply. My dad and I have been voting every day (sometimes it lets you vote more than once a day), and have literally voted at least 900 times. Now the Vaquita picture has about 1500 votes, and it is not a question to whether or not it has the most votes—second place has 76—because every picture besides the Vaquita has been featured on the screen in front of the city, even if they have no votes. It is ridiculous that they are not allowing the Vaquita picture on the screen, and the only possible reason I can think of is that it is not a human “face” (Put Your Face on Toshiba Vision). I ask everyone to keep voting for the Vaquita, http://apps.facebook.com/your_face_on_toshiba/vote-view.php?id=1632, and also to contact Toshiba Vision with a complaint. Maybe if they receive enough emails about the same thing they will cave in. I can’t thank you enough, and please share this with your friends.

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.

Sign my petition

Thanks to everyone who has signed my petition on Change.org, but if you haven’t yet, you can at http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-elusive-vaquita. If you have a Change.org account, you can just sign it, but don’t worry if you don’t: you can simply just fill in your name and some other information, and voilà. While you’re at it, it would be greatly appreciated if you also signed the ¡Viva Vaquita! and Save the Whales petitions.

Plush Vaquitas

I love these plush Vaquitas that I received from the ¡Viva Vaquita! team! They are each hand-sewn, and no one is quite like another. I got a mother and calf set, with the baby fitting in a pouch in the mom’s belly! (See picture.) Unfortunately, there are no more available, at least at the moment, but it is still an example that this cute little porpoise still has a chance.