Inspiring Students to Pursue Career in Science
March 31, 2011 by Peggy Stap
“The Future is NOW! Career Extravaganza” at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, Friday March 25th was a huge success. Close to 300 freshmen from the Salinas and Seaside high schools attended the event held at the B&G Club in Salinas. I was invited to speak as a panelist for the event about Marine Life Studies and career opportunities in Marine Science. It was a wonderful opportunity to inspire young people to pursue a career in science. Jenna Contuchio, one of our volunteers, accompanied me to the event to assist at our interactive booth during the Community Resource Fair. One of the panelists did not make it to the event so Jenna offered to fill in, as she is a Veterinarian Technician. Jenna did a fantastic job and really connected with the kids. We both had a lot of fun and enjoyed working with the students.
Peggy Stap explains how scientists identify individual humpback whales and killer whales.Jenna Contuchio
Thank you to everyone that donated during the Birdies for Charity Birdies campaign offered by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. We are fortunate that you were inspired to contribute to the important projects Marine Life Studies provides for the community. Congratulations to Michelle Beach from Salinas, California who guessed the exact number of birdies scored and won the Grand Prize. The total number of Birdies scored by the PGA Tour professionals during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in February was “1798”.
Your support is so important and appreciated by all of us at Marine Life Studies. Thank you!!
Back on the water again……
We will begin our boat surveys this spring to continue our important research on the whales and dolphins in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. All our volunteers are looking forward to getting back on the water. Our season was cut short in the fall of 2010 when the boat broke down and we had to pull it out for some major repairs. Unfortunately with the cost of fuel going up we are going to have to reduce the number of days on the water than we had originally planned for this spring.