Sylvia Earle on Exploring the Deep Frontier

San Francisco Bay area residents had the opportunity to share two inspiring afternoons with Dr. Sylvia Earle this week at the University of California in Berkeley. For those who were not able to attend, complete videos of both lectures, “Mission Blue: Protecting the Heart of the Planet,” and “Exploring the Deep Frontier,” will be featured at The Hitchcock Lecture Series website in a few weeks.

Google Hosts Launch Party for ARKive and Wildscreen USA

October 11, 2011

Google World Headquarters
Mountainview, California
On Tuesday evening, Google played host to festivities introducing ARKive and Wildscreen USA to the West Coast, with special guest speakers Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Mike Fay, both National Geographic Explorers-In-Residence.
The ARKive project is a unique global initiative, gathering together the very best films, photographs, and audio recordings of the world’s threatened animals, plants, and fungi into one centralized digital library to create a freely-accessible, multimedia record of life on Earth. Sir David Attenborough’s riveting video introduction to the project can be seen here on the ARKive website.  By clicking the ‘Get Involved’ tab,  you can see how it is possible to make your own unique contribution to the ARKive mission.

Also a contributor to Google Earth, ARKive is leading the ‘virtual’ conservation effort by creating comprehensive multimedia species profiles, making a key resource available for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public. These important audio-visual records will be preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations and are freely available on the ARKive website as a valuable educational resource and communications tool reaching a worldwide audience. Below, Sir David Attenborough explains the exciting collaboration between ARKive and Google Earth.

Wildscreen is a not-for-profit charity whose mission is to promote the public understanding and appreciation of the world’s biodiversity, and the need for its conservation, communicated through the power of wildlife imagery.

Established 25 years ago, Wildscreen’s Patrons include some of the world’s greatest environmental icons.  Wildscreen’s supporters, partners and collaborators include the world’s most influential conservationists, environmentalists and broadcast industry leaders, and Wildscreen itself has established an international reputation and proven track record within the fields of natural history media, communications and education. ARKive is one of Wildscreen’s five global initiatives.

And now, part of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s address.

Newsflash! Shark Protection Bill Passes in California!

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation to protect the oceans and the environment.  AB 376, by Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino and Jared Huffman of San Rafael, bans the possession and sale of shark fins in California. The practice of “finning” for culinary purposes has led to substantial declines in shark populations everywhere.

“The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans,” said Governor Brown. “Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.”

With three quarters of the shark fins entering the United States coming through California, this legislation will have a major effect on protecting sharks worldwide.

It’s Sharktober at the California Academy of Science!

For the third year in a row, shark supporters from far and wide converged on the California Academy of Science for a turbo-charged Sharktoberfest Nightlife Event!  The celebrations will continue all month in San Francisco, sponsored by Sea Stewards – and hopefully we’ll have lots to celebrate soon, as we expect that Governor Jerry Brown will sign AB376 banning the sale of shark fins in California within days. Tonight we even had Dr. John McCosker one of the world’s foremost shark experts sharing fascinating shark facts with visitors up close and personal.

Next up in Sharktober, an all day family event at the Farallones Marine Sanctuary at Crissy Field – Come build a shark with our special guest & dance to live music al fresco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge! Events will continue all month – check The Sea Stewards Website for details.  Join Sea Stewards to protect sharks and all ocean life!

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