Timeline and Events

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2019-2020 Project Activities 

  • Community-led empowered leadership program
  • Safe whale watch training and support program
  • Sustainable ecotourism training and development
  • Citizen science research expeditions
  • Fishery and Conservation Leader (FCL) development work
  • Community-guided vision and strategic planning process
  • Scientific results presented at World Marine Mammal Conference (Barcelona)
Scheduled Season 7 Milestones

The first official Whale Watch Season in Guerrero is complete! 50 authorized whale watch guides worked beautifully together between  December 15, 2019–March 20, 2020 to keep humpback whales safe during the whale watch season.

Weekly National Geographic Seeds of Hope Program Activities with 20 Local Youth Leaders will be occurring between August 2019-August 2020.

American Cetacean Society – LA Chapter joined us for an expedition January 13-20, 2019

A very special evening and world premier of a song for the whales to benefit Whales of Guerrero took place in February 2020.

The first Fiesta de las Ballenas took place in Barra de Potosí in February 2020.

Oceanic Society Expeditioners joined the Whales of Guerrero to study whales and  Guerrero’s extraordinary biodiversity on February 15-24, 2020.

In 2020, Barra de Potosí’s Young Leaders and Champions of Nature will:
  • plant 700 germinated mangrove plants
  • launch a garbage reduction and awareness program
  • and beautify the village through a public art program 
Recent Activities
  • Official Government Acknowledgement of our region in Guerrero as a whale watching site – September 2019
  • Participatory vision-making and planning process for Whales of Guerrero with community, Board and Advisors May 2019
  • January-March 2019 – 100 hour whale survey
  • February 2019 – Fishery and Conservation Leader Learning Exchange in Baja
  • Responsible Ecotourism training and development programs
  • 2000+ kids participated in marine biology programs in 12 schools
  • 250+ kids participated in field-based science programs
  • 30 kids conducted in-depth photographic nature study
  • Safe Whale Watch Training Program December 2018
  • May 2018 – Present 5-year study results at SOMEMMA (National Marine Mammal Science Conference) in Tabasco
  • May 2018 – Planning trip for Fishermen’s learning Exchange in Baja
  • January – March 2018 – 300 hour whale survey
  • September 2017 – Scientific Advisory and Project Partner Meetings – Mexico City
  • 22-28 October 2017–Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Project work presented in Halifax:
Marine mammal monitoring in the Southwest Pacific state of Guerrero, México. Andrea J. García Chávez, Terra Hanks, John Calambokidis, Elana Dobson, Luis Medrano González and Katherina Audley

Site fidelity and association patterns in rough toothed dolphins in the Southwest Pacific state of Guerrero, Mexico. Victoria Pouey Santalou, Katherina Audley

Behavioral responses of marine mammals to drones. Eric A Ramos, Brigid Maloney, Nataly Castelblanco-Martínez, Iain Kerr,Andy Rogan,Katherina Audley, Marcelo Magnasco, Diana Reiss.

Migratory destinations of humpback whales that feed along the US West Coast: Implications for management under the newly recognized Distinct Population Segments. Gretchen H. Steiger, John Calambokidis, Paul Wade, Katherina Audley, C. Scott Baker.

  • November 2017 – Presentations for Hotel and Tourism Professionals in Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Playa Blanca
  • November 2017 – Zumba para las Ballenas Fundraiser. Ixtapa
  • January 3–March 15, 2018: Season Five!
  • 2018: January 26 – February 2 – Oceanic Society Volunteer Vacation Expedition
    Hop onboard this Volunteer Vacation and come play marine biologist with us! Secure your spot here