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A window closing

If you haven’t noticed, pretty much all “Not for Profit, Public Benefit Organizations” are shaking our tin cups this month. This tradition comes from two conventions: The ‘Season of Giving,’ when we all wear our generosity on our sleeves; and…

2017 Year-end appeal!

2017 marks OCR’s tenth year as a conservation voice for the sea. We could not have come this far without your support and ongoing love of the ocean. For this we are honored by your vote of confidence, and humbled…

What is a prayer?

“Whale Songs” – Prayer Flags by Logan Austeja Daniel Taken from spectrograms of Orca and Pilot Whale songs A bit over a month ago one of our supporters offered to sponsor a fundraising event for OCR, which became “Artists Prayer…

Layers of Distraction

EPA Plaza, Washington DC (c) Tom Brennan, NYT A pretty tumultuous week has thwarted my plans of digging into the Barcelona Animal Communications Symposium. In the wake of senseless attacks on tourists on the Barcelona Ramblas, in importance of scientific…

The Big Wheels of the Oil Industry

Under the rubric “If it ain’t broke, smash it!” of the current Administration, we’ve been busy the last two weeks reviewing and filing public comments on some items that fell out of Executive Order 13975 (EO) which seeks to clear…

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…

Some fresh air on seismic surveys

I typically eschew technical excavations in our newsletter, but seismic surveys are an important tent-stake in the ocean noise discussion, so I offer the following three-minute read in hopes that you find it informative and entertaining (if not a bit…

More on OceaNoise2017

The OceaNoise2017 conference I attended this May was more than a playpen for “ocean noise elites.” There was a structure to the event which drew an arc over the dominant themes of the Ocean Noise topic. I was honored to…

Whales and Climate Change

A few weeks back a number of us were down in Baja California visiting the friendly whales of San Ignacio Lagoon. For those not familiar with this mysterious and delightful phenomena, the gray whales of Baja seem to enjoy frolicking…

The Song of the Sea

Rutgers professor of Estuary and Marine Ecology. And OCR friend Judith Weis sent us an article about how the environmental health can be determined by listening. The paper by Katherine Indeck (et al.)  described in the article explored the sounds…