Visiting Scientist Presentation Thursday, February 28 Exploring the Mysteries of Cuvier's Beaked Whales. Plan to be at Eco-Alianza’s CenCoMA headquarters on Thursday at 5 p.m., as Marine Biologist Christian Raúl Torres Romero recounts details of his six research trips to the Biosphere Reserve of Isla Guadalupe, 220 miles southwest of Ensenada. Now a licensed marine biologist, Christian participated in research on Cuvier’s Beaked Whales and other cetaceans as a volunteer and field technician for the UABCS Program of Marine Mammal Research and the Interdisciplinary Institute of Sciences. He now works as a field instructor and environmental educator for nonprofit organizations in La Paz.
As of “press time,” activities for this year’s Blue Whale Festival are being finalized by the event’s planning committee. Please watch the Eco-Alianza Facebook page for details as activities are confirmed. In addition to many events around town and in the Bay of Loreto National Park, possible events include the election of the Blue Whale Festival Queen at CenCoMA (tentatively the evening of March 9); a scientific talk about Blue Whales March 21; educational visits to schools to talk about Blue Whales March 22; and a Blue Whale Workshop for children at CenCoMA March 23. Please check the Eco-Alianza Facebook page and festival posters for details/confirmation.
Over two evenings, March 29 and March 30, Eco-Alianza's second annual One Ocean Film Festival will celebrate and enhance our connection to the oceans with four feature films, several shorts, and brief comments by individuals involved in creating the films. While watching the films beneath the stars in CenCoMA's outdoor courtyard, you'll enjoy free popcorn, with drinks and other concessions available. Each film will be presented bilingually (either in English with Spanish subtitles or in Spanish with English subtitles). Click here to order tickets. Thank you to the IMDb website for brief descriptions of the feature films. Film selections are subject to change. Humpack Whales From the waters of Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga, scientists research how [...]
Eco-Alianza’s Volunteer Task Force will team up with the Nopoló Association of Property Owners as well as Loreto Bay homeowners for a highway litter clean-up the morning of March 7. No need to sign up in advance – just show up at 8 a.m. at the big orange Fonatur sculpture at the north entrance to Loreto Bay. Wear sturdy shoes, brightly colored clothing, a hat, and sturdy gloves if you have them. Feel free to bring a drink or a snack – we do take breaks, and we will be finished before 11. As participants from last year will tell you, it’s a lot more fun than you might imagine, and your neighbors (and the local environment) will thank you. Bring a [...]
As part of Eco-Alianza's Visiting Scientist program, Ph.D. candidate Kara Pellowe will discuss her research on the biological processes of chocolate clams and the social impacts of Loreto's chocolate clam fishery. The bilingual program is free and open to the public, and will be presented Thursday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. at Eco-Alianza's CenCoMA headquarters in the upstairs auditorium. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in the Science of Natural and Environmental Systems. She also earned dual Masters degrees in Biology and Sociology from Brown University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Maine. More specifically, Kara says, “I am investigating the dynamics of coupled social-ecological systems, especially how [...]
Mangrove Roots Photo courtesy of Richard Jackson/Richard Jackson Photography Later this month we will continue Eco-Alianza’s Visiting Scientist series with a very special guest, David Borbón, a commercial fisherman from the community of El Delgadito, located on the Mexican Pacific coast within the Biosphere Reserve of El Vizcaíno. For more than eight years he undertook the challenge of recovering the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), and successfully achieved the reforestation of a large area in his community. His free presentation will take place February 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Eco-Alianza’s CenCoMA headquarters in downtown Loreto. Come learn more from David about the importance of preserving mangroves and our wetlands as a continuing celebration of International Wetlands Day.
Postponed until October 16 / 17! Join us in celebrating the Ocean with two evenings of feature films, shorts, and presentations by filmmakers. This year’s lineup includes the Loreto premiere of Sea Lion Rescue by Emmy-award-winning cinematographer Johnny Friday, who will take questions after the screening. His new film documents the efforts of dedicated naturalists and veterinarians working in the Bay of La Paz. Screenings of all films are under the stars in the Eco-Alianza courtyard, and include free popcorn! Click here for more information and to buy your tickets. Photo courtesy of Johnny Friday/Baja Productions
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