Hands-on field experience with a purpose
Match Opportunity: Daniel Costa, an anonymous trustee and other generous donors are matching all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $4,000.
The Año Nuevo Reserve is home to nearly 10,000 northern elephant seals—one of the deepest-diving mammals on the planet! These seals travel thousands of kilometers each year and congregate back at Año Nuevo, where ~2,000 pups are born each winter. We would like to know more about how these pups survive their first year, how long they live, how they learn to forage, and how they navigate in the open ocean.
To answer these questions, the weanling-weighing team takes body measurements, inserts flipper tags, and weighs 300 recently weaned pups (weanlings). These data will allow us to monitor the health of the new cohort of pups throughout their lives, wherever they go. We are raising $10,000 to hire a field leader to organize and train our volunteers, enter data, and to purchase flipper tags, hair dye (for the seals, of course!), and a new scale.
Your gift today will expand our knowledge of elephant seals while providing remarkable hands-on field experience for aspiring marine biologists.
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