Category: Just for fun

World Ocean(s) Day – honoring the sea

  Our planet has orbited the sun once more to place us all in position for World Ocean Day! Originally proposed by Canada in 1992 at the UN Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Ocean Day has been celebrated in…

A new Fish in the ocean

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Dear OCR Community and Friends,

I am both honored and delighted to introduce you to our new staff member Tamela Fish. She comes on board as our Director of Communications – a skill we have frankly needed for some time. Tamela comes with a healthy list of bona-fides as a media and communications contractor for a number of fabulous environmental and climate action organizations; from local groups in the SF Bay Area, national organizations such as Bioneers, to international organizations such as Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) and the Arab Youth and Climate Movement. She has also worked with one of my favorite activists – Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir!

OCR has been privileged to have a supportive cadre of subscribers and members. You are a select group of educated and inquisitive people who we have harvested from professional and scientific conferences, public and university presentations, publications of papers and articles, and friends and colleagues I have met through my ongoing work on ocean noise pollution. And while OCR has accomplished a lot over the years informing and working within our community, it has become really clear that public policy – which we aspire to inform – is driven less by knowledge, thoughtful arguments, and persuasive presentations than it is driven by the momentum of public opinion. This is a numbers game.

It is our hope that we can take our message – along with the larger conversation on ocean noise pollution purveyed by many of you – the stakeholders, academics, and scientists on our current mail list, and propel it out into a larger public. We don’t intend to dilute the veracity or amplify the “shock value” to garner more public attention, as we hope to be considered an “honest broker” of scientific data and technical information on the noise pollution issue. What we do want to do is to inform a larger public – and by extension, policy makers and legislators, about the critical and growing challenge that human-generated noise pollution is posing to the health of the ocean.

It is clear that Ms. Tamela Fish is up to the task. In the last two weeks we have already seen a dramatic increase in social media engagement (and we just hired her on Monday!) I look forward to working with her. “Welcome Aboard” isn’t a phrase that most fish would likely want to hear, so I’ll just say “Welcome into the Ocean!”

Blue Drinks – Ocean Conservation Research edition

Come on out to Fairfax for Blue Drinks – Ocean Conservation Research edition! When: Tuesday August 19, 5:30pm onward Where: Iron Springs Brewpub, 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA Why?: Iron Springs sponsors a “Give Back Tuesdays” each week.   10%…

Oops! Nix the date – 9/24 Book and ACS event

Last month we sent out a notice of a reception and presentation at the Bay Model where I would be also introducing my book “Hear Where We Are: Sound, Ecology, and Sense of Place” Unfortunately two things have conspired to…

Timeline: The Roots of Understanding Sound

  Explore the history of sound and theory on our timeline: At OCR we talk a lot about sound and it’s importance to ocean life. Using sound to explore the depths of the ocean is akin to using light to…

Wavelet art highlights the finer points of whale songs

OCR Advisor and software mathematician Mark Fisher received some recent coverage in Wired and Co.Design for his fantastic renderings of whale, dolphin, bird, and insect sounds using a diagnostic function called “wavelets.” Wavelets are typically used to evaluate large data…

Arctic Soundscapes now on line!

After a pile of coding, and some deep generosity from World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Chris Clark’s lab at Cornell, and the Macaulay Library we are finally launching our Arctic Soundscapes feature on the “Don’t be a Buckethead” website. We launched…

Noise Awareness Day gets wet

Today, April 25 2013 is “International Noise Awareness Day.” Founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication it was designed to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise – in humans. 1996 was really just…

An Earth Day to Remember

Back in April 1970 – in the midst of the political, societal, and environmental reevaluation of our national priorities called “The 60’s” Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) thought it would be a good idea to pause for a moment and honor…

Eerie Arctic Recordings

We are honored to have live sound recordings of the Arctic provided by Chris Clark through Cornell’s Macaulay Library. We’ve been listening to these eerie recordings for weeks as they’re being processed. Once they’re all up we’ll invite you in…