To stimulate public interest in and to encourage conservation of coastal ecosystems through education programs for schools and public and private organizations.
To foster a lifelong appreciation of and sense of stewardship towards coastal ecosystems through our programs, outreach activities and membership.
To conduct research that will enable greater understanding of coastal ecosystems and to disseminate this information through scientific publications and conferences and meetings.
To provide research and educational opportunities to students wishing to pursue educational interests or careers in coastal studies.
These will be accomplished via public educational whale watch trips in the eastern NY Bight and the Great South Channel, and public educational seal observation trips to a haul-out area at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach NY. We also continue this work through public lectures to groups all around NY, and through training hundreds of citizen science volunteers.
Our cetacean sightings research is available to the public through our website and via OBIS-SEAMAP, while our seal data are available via our web site. Several publications are in progress to share our work further.
We pledge to continue to work with our partners at Save the Great South Bay and Seatuck Environmental Association to address issues of climate change, nutrient loading, and other pollutants in our bays, estuaries, and other near shore waters and to continue to address these issues in all possible ways.
Through lectures to the public and to students, introduce the complex adaptive systems, tipping points, feedback loops, and sustainability, as they pertain to oceans, coastal systems, and all other systems to several thousand people per year.
Introduce 2000-3000 people per year to the pinnipeds of NY through educational seal observation walks and to address issues of nutrient loading, climate change, nutrient loading, water quality, and the connections between inland, coastal, nearshore and offshore systems,
Educate and train 70 citizen science volunteers per year to assist in recording data during whale and seal observation trips
Introduce the public to marine mammal and sea turtle biota of NY Bight (1500 people/year) and the Great South Channel (200/year) via whale watch excursions from Montauk NY.
Financing (in USD)
Other, please specify
Contribution of time by a corps of several hundred volunteers
Staff / Technical expertise
Dr. Arthur H. (Artie) Kopelman is a population ecologist whose research interests, since 1987 include the population dynamics and feeding ecology of fin and humpback whales of New York and New England; and since 1995, the population dynamics of pinnipeds