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Volunteers That Count

January 25, 2014
Here are some "Volunteers that Count". These folks gathered at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site this morning to take part in the Sanctuary Ocean Count. (NPS)

Here are some “Volunteers that Count”. These folks gathered at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site this morning to take part in the Sanctuary Ocean Count. (NPS)

This morning, volunteers gathered at over 60 locations across Hawaii to take place in the first of the three 2014 Sanctuary Ocean Count events (last Saturday of January, February and March). This popular volunteer event is put on by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Locations include two of our national parks: Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, both on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

A volunteer records whale sightings and whale behaviors this morning at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. (NPS)

A volunteer records whale sightings and whale behaviors this morning at Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. (NPS)

The Sanctuary Ocean Count is an ideal opportunity for the community and the parks to work together as stewards of the ocean. These splendid creatures swim more than 2,000 miles to Hawai‘i from the North Pacific every winter, and the annual count is one way to observe and record their behavior and ensure their future. If you would like to participate in the February and/or March events visit: http://www.sanctuaryoceancount.org.

 

 

Can’t make the Sanctuary Ocean Count this year, or just want to “eavesdrop” in on these amazing creatures? Listen to them singing LIVE from Puako, thanks to the Jupiter Foundation!

"Look, a whale!" (NPS)

“Look, a whale!” (NPS)

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