Cetacean society meets Saturday via Zoom


The Oregon chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding its monthly speaker series meeting on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held via Zoom and is free and open to the public.

This month’s topic will be “PCFG Gray Whales: Insights into the Pacific Coast Feeding Group through Photo Identification.” It will be presented by Alie Perez, of Cascadia Research Collective. 

There is a wealth of data to be examined from more than three decades and 30,000 sightings of Eastern North Pacific gray whales, focused regionally and seasonally on the PCFG population. This catalog is maintained by Cascadia Research Collective, and results are used in numerous analyses for better understanding of the dynamics of this group of individuals. This includes population abundance, structure and migration movements, as well as the management implications that result from this work.

Pérez has been working with Cascadia Research since 2009, where she started as an intern while an undergraduate student. She received a bachelor’s degree from the Evergreen State College in 2010. She primarily works on photographic identification of blue, humpback and gray whales. However, her emphasis has been managing Cascadia’s gray whale collections and contributions, including data and photo processing, as well as catalog comparisons.

Registration is required to receive the link and password for taking part in Saturday’s program. Register online at tinyurl.com/y4qo9m5u

For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon chapter president, at [email protected] or 541-517-8754.

The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises and their habitats. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, Calif. Information can be found at www.acsonline.org and on Facebook at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter.

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