VOLUNTEERS FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION, CONSERVATION
The Dolphin Project, Post Office Box 60753, Savannah Georgia 31420 912-657-3927 firstname.lastname@example.org
In the late 1980's there was a massive die-off of coastal dolphins from New Jersey to Florida called a UME (Unusual Mortality Event). No one at that time had any data of the coastal dolphins in our area.
The Dolphin Project was founded in 1988 and incorporated in 1989 by Atlanta Journal Constitution journalist Beau Cutts to conduct Photo-ID dolphin research on the estuarine waters of Georgia and lower South Carolina. Renown scientists such as Charlie Potter of the Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Randall Wells of the Chicago Zoological Society and Mote Marine Labs were on the team that established the scientific protocols, training classes and survey zones. The Dolphin Project was formed and staffed by volunteers.
"The Dolphin Project serves as the eyes, ears and hands of the professionals..." stated Charlie Potter. He and other scientists were edlighted to have trained volunteers perform the research. "They are citizen-naturalists who play an important role for pure science and wildlife management. These citizen-naturalists are helping to educate our next generation of scientists", Potter stated. "Agencies responsible for wildlife protection don't have funding to obtain the research information they need so these volunteers are crutial to completing critical data."
Charlie Potter, marine mammal biologist,
Marine Mammal Department Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Randall Wells, Mote Marine Lab, Chicago Zoological Society, Sarasota Dolphin Research Center
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