April 15th Meeting – Amy Kennedy: Research with Whales Around the World

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When we are out there on the water wildlife abounds and it’s fascinating. And those large mammals, the whales, are especially amazing. You won’t want to miss our next speaker, Amy Kennedy, on Monday, April 15th. Please RSVP to www.nwwbviv@gmail.com

Just one impressive part of Amy’s job has been deploying deep implantable satellite tags in humpback, right and gray whales in the Chukchia Sea, Gulf of Maine, Straits of Magellan, Dominican Republic and the French West Indies. For over ten years she has been involved with aerial and shipboard marine mammal surveys doing data collection and assessment, including satellite telemetry* research. She is currently doing research designed to inform policymakers on revisions to existing marine mammal protected areas worldwide. Specifically it involves using telemetry to describe humpback whale habitat use in breeding and feeding grounds.

Amy is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy, currently a research scientist at the National Marine Laboratory in Seattle and a PhD candidate with the University of Paris-Sud11.

*data collection from a distance

Meeting time: 7pm to 9pm the program usually runs an hour with a social hour that follows. Bring an hors d oeuvre or some wine or other beverage to share if you desire.

For further information contact: Vivian Strolis at www.nwwbviv@gmail.com

Photo source: http://simbania.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/animal-of-the-day-%E2%80%93-4262011-%E2%80%93-the-humpback-whale/

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