UPDATE, Tuesday, Nov. 16
Naked Whale Research is in the running again for $250,000 to launch
its orca research program along the West Coast. The goal of the
research organization is to collect information about the Salish
Sea killer whales as they travel from Puget Sound to Northern
California. If you would like to help, go to the Naked Whale
Research page on Pepsi’s Refresh Everything website.
UPDATE, Wednesday, June 2
Naked Whale Research failed to get enough votes to reach the top
100 in the quest to obtain startup funding in Pepsi’s Great Ideas
Program. Getting to 100 would have given the new research
organization another month to enlist people’s help. The group came
close at 114, according to Jodi Smith, who says she will rewrite
her proposal and try again in the near future.
Our old friend Jodi Smith has started a nonprofit research
organization in Eureka, Calif., where she hopes to specialize in
observing killer whales along the West Coast.
Jodi could use our help in getting some funding from Pepsi,
which I’ll explain in a moment.
Longtime Kitsap County residents and others may remember Jodi
from her time in Dyes Inlet in 1997, when she made exhausting
observations about 19 L-pod orcas that showed up suddenly and
stayed a full month just before Thanksgiving. (See the Kitsap Sun project
on the 10th anniversary of that event.)
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