It's all about whales!

The public is invited to join the Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society's monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 1, at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye, Newport.

“When the whales win, everyone wins: How a citizen science whale survey has created a community of ocean protectors in Mexico” will be presented by National Geographic Explorer Katherina Audley.


Audley said she fell in love with the little fishing village of Barra de Potosí in southwest Pacific Mexico in 1997. When she saw that the fishery was collapsing and her friends in the village were struggling, she said she decided to make it her job to help.

In 2013, Audley dedicated every bit of time and resources she had to helping the fishing village find ways to live and restore their ocean. Together, they ran a five-year, first ever humpback whale survey and discovered that the whales that calve and nurse in Barra de Potosí’s Bay are the same whales we sometimes spot in Oregon. 

Audley and her team of scientists, educators and fishermen have made a number of scientific discoveries about the whales and dolphins in southwest Pacific Mexico, but she said their biggest breakthrough has been the transformation that has occurred in the village where she lives and works.

According to Audley, fishermen and their families are taking exciting first steps now to protect the whales and dolphins in their region and to work together to bring their local ocean back to health.

Find out what your local neighborhood humpback whales do during the winter in Mexico, and how this little whale project that could, had such a big impact in a very short time.

Whales of Guerrero stickers, t-shirts and water bottles will be available to support this project.

The ACS Oregon Chapter also will be holding a silent auction to raise money for their student grant program. Over 35 whale and dolphin themed items will be up for bid. Come support a great cause and take care of some Christmas shopping at the same time! Cash or check please.

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The non-profit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, CA. Information on the ACS can be found on the website:

You can also find us on Facebook now at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter

For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon Chapter President at or 541-17-8754.


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