Virtual Gear Down Workshop for Marine Naturalists

Saturday, November 13

10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Come join The Whale Museum’s Gear Down Workshop this fall virtually through Zoom. This workshop’s theme will be Marine Mammal Sightings: Contributing to Science and Conservation. Invited presenters include:

  • Dr. Trevor Branch, University of Washington, on how opportunistic sightings and systematic surveys can tell us what is happening to marine mammal distribution and biodiversity       
  • Salma Abdel-Raheem, TWM, on The Whale Museum Sightings Hotline and Latest Research           
  • Dr. Lauren Dares and Jessica Scott, Ocean Wise, on using citizen science to mitigate vessel impact and inform conservation
  • Sonja Henneman, Transport Canada, on Canada interim sanctuary zones for SRKWs  
  • Dr. Briana Abrahms, University of Washington, on an effort to reduce ship strikes to whales along the west coast
  • John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective, on changes in marine mammal occurrence in the Salish Sea
  • NOAA staff on the Pacific Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (PacMAPPS)
  • Dr. Megan Wallen, NOAA, on critical habitat expansion for SRKWs

The registration fee is $35 for non-members; $25 for current TWM or SSAMN members. A more discounted Gear Down Workshop rate is available for those who sign up to become a SSAMN member or renew their SSAMN memberships. If you join SSAMN or renew your SSAMN membership at, you’ll receive a discount code that you can then use when you register for the Gear Down Workshop.

Questions can be directed to Tracie Merrill. Zoom link and workshop agenda will be sent to registrants at the email provided at registration closer to the start of the workshop.


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