A base of operations for learning and outreach in Southeast Alaska
In 2014, the Alaska Whale Foundation (AWF) took ownership of the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC) on Baranof Island, Alaska. Through the use of LEX-NG Fund grant monies, the AWF opened the facility to the public as an outreach center where they have provided educational materials and natural history lectures to several thousand seasonal visitors to Warm Springs Bay.
AWF is also developing CCC as a permanent base for active conservation efforts in the region by providing housing, lab space, and technical assistance to visiting researchers. For example, in 2014, the Center housed a graduate student working on developing a citizen-science whale monitoring app (Whale mAPP for Android). While at CCC, she was able to solicit participation from volunteer boaters to test her application, which has helped scientists learn more about the distribution of humpback whales while simultaneously raising awareness of conservation issues in the region. Since then, CCC has provided aid to several more researchers that has allowed them to make progress in their work.
Thanks to guest donations to the Fund, the Center for Coastal Conservation has strengthened its role as a focal point for conservation and outreach in an underserved, remote area of Southeast Alaska.
The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund aims to protect the last wild places in the ocean while facilitating conservation, research, education, and community development programs in the places we explore. If you would like to learn more about projects supported by the LEX-NG Fund worldwide, please contact the Fund by email. To support our work by making a contribution to the LEX-NG Fund, click here.
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