Banning the Ivory Trade in Thailand [ACT – SIGN THE PETITION!]

The point of this post is to highlight WWF’s ongoing petition to the Prime Minister to ban all ivory trade in the country; if your attention span is short, but you like elephants, just skip all below and go to the petition here. One of my favorite things about being in this line of work…

Mystery of the Dead Dolphins

I saw my first finless porpoise yesterday! This is what it looked like:   Yes, sadly, it was very dead.  And, very sadly and perplexingly, it is one of six dead dolphins and porpoises that we’ve* heard of and seen in the four days since we started doing this season’s surveys along the Trat coastline. …

SAFRN Blog: “On Not Eating Fish and Other Animals”

Posted on SAFRN’s blog – my entry on being a vegetarian while working and living in the field while studying small-scale fisheries, where (shockingly!) fish and other seafood play the main role in local fare. Exerpt: “To conclude: With forethought, tact, and consideration, you can indeed make friends in fishing villages without eating animals.”

Your Purchase is Complete.

Bangkok, I shall be seeing you in 3 weeks…! Following a few years of extensive travel and nomadic-esque existence, I’ve hunkered down in my new, cozy apartment over the past few months in San Diego.  And a packed few months those have been, as I’ve realized the magnitude of what I need/hope to accomplish in…

Redemption

from Sept 18:  We’d just come from a sighting of 5-6 pesut foraging in the tributary to Muara Siran, and I’d grown a little frustrated by my seeming inability to pull it together and take focused photos…it was a tricky sighting, with the dolphins surfacing all scattered about and at long intervals, and we spent…

Exuberantly feeding.

Back in Samarinda today after a wonderful field season on the Sungai Mahakam. Behavior noted during yesterday’s pesut (Irrawaddy dolphin) sighting: “Feeding/foraging, moving upstream. Exuberantly. Farewell party.” We had a great sighting late in the afternoon, on our last day of fieldwork on the Mahakam River.  Lunging, low  jumping, sideways swimming with tail swipes…we stayed…