Volunteer Vacations

Oceanic Society expeditioner plucks a drone from the sky after a success capture of courting behavior between humpback whales

Donate: Volunteer Vacations

Hop aboard one of our research expeditions! In 2020, we’ll be offering a few opportunities for a deep dive into the community and whale science with our team.

Group size is limited to 12 people max

Our 2020 expedition dates are:

January 25-February 1, 2020:  Whale Research Expedition with American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter (Read Trip Description Here)

February 15-24, 2020:  Whales, Dolphins and Biodiversity of Southwest Mexico (Read Trip Description Here)

 

Whale Research Expedition with American Cetacean Society Oregon Chapter – January 25-February 1, 2020
$2395/person; 12 participants max

Join the American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter on a trip to beautiful Barra de Potosi on Mexico’s Pacific coast to participate in the Whales of Guerrero Research Project! You will work alongside scientists and fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and four species of dolphins. As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand the important humpback whale population that inhabits the area during the winter months. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a pioneering community-based research project.

During this expedition, participants will also have the opportunity to observe up to 250 species of birds in the lagoon and surrounding areas and visit nearby sea turtle nesting beaches to observe and help protect nests of olive ridley sea turtles and hopefully help release hatchlings to the ocean. In addition, we will explore six different nearby ecosystems that include mangrove forests, salt flats, and sierra highlands, and we’ll explore quaint local towns, sustainable farms, and more.

Includes: Most in-country transportation, accommodations, meals, activities, guides, airport pickup, and donations to whale and turtle conservation.

Excludes: Airfare to Mexico, personal items, and tips.

Whales, Dolphins and Biodiversity of Southwest Mexico
February 15-24, 2020
$2575/person; 12 people max

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn alongside marine biologists as they conduct critical conservation research on the whales and dolphins in the region. See first-hand in the field how the use of drones assists in marine mammal research efforts.
  • Visit the mangrove-filled lagoon directly behind the village of Barra de Potosí, a nursery for hundreds of species of fish and birds including roseate spoonbills, boobies, white pelicans, herons, and egrets.
  • Spend one day exploring the nearby city of Zihuatanejo / Ixtapa and another visiting the Sierra highlands and a local sustainably-run coffee plantation.

Oceanic Society invites you to beautiful Barra de Potosí on Mexico’s Pacific coast to immerse yourself in this region’s rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity and to participate in the Whales of Guerrero Research Project.

As a participant on this expedition you will have the chance to help scientists better understand the important humpback whale population that inhabits the area during the winter months. For 3-4 days, visitors will work alongside American and Mexican scientists and local fishermen to spot, identify, and make scientific observations of humpback whales and any of 13 species of dolphins found in the area. We also frequently observe olive ridley and three other species of sea turtles, mobulas, golden cow nosed and spotted eagle rays, Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, egrets, cranes, herons, Brown and Blue-footed Boobies, and Red-billed Tropicbirds in their nesting sites. In addition to learning humpback whale fluke identification, the use of drones in field research, and hydro-acoustic recording techniques, you will also assist with recording other key ecosystem data. Our citizen scientists come away with a wealth of knowledge about humpback whale behavior and biology and the unique experience of being a part of a truly pioneering project.

We will also take time to explore the diverse surrounding ecosystems that include mangrove forests, salt flats, sea turtle nesting beaches, and sierra highlands, and we’ll explore quaint local towns, sustainable farms, and more.