Checking in on Southeast Asia projects, Ways to support Seacology during the holidays, protecting dugongs, and more!
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November 2014 E- Newsletter
In This Issue: Across Southeast AsiaSaving Islands, With Your HelpSpecies Spotlight: DugongMoving Words from a Conservation ChampionTravel: KenyaTravel: AustraliaWhat Did You Buy?New Staff Ahora Disponible en Español
Image © Thomas Baechtold

Across Southeast Asia

Last month, Seacology's Karen Peterson and Mary Randolph spent a week and a half surveying several of our project sites in the Philippines and Indonesia. The trip was a perfect opportunity for Mary, who will be taking over as our Program Manager early next year, to get acquainted with the region in which Seacology has been more active than anywhere else on earth—the two nations, comprising more than 25,000 islands, are home to about a quarter of all Seacology's work.

Meeting with Field Representatives Ferdie Marcelo, Irman Meilandi, and Iona Soulsby, Karen and Mary checked in on a number of Seacology-funded projects including a network of mooring buoys, an artificial reef, and a large community center. Combined, our support for these projects has been leveraged to protect thousands of acres of protected habitat for rare birds, pangolins, and many other species.

Read Karen's full account of the trip and view a photo slideshow here.

From left: Program Manager Karen Peterson, a representative of the El Nido foundation, Ferdie Marcelo, Mary Randolph
Image © Thomas Baechtold

Saving Islands, With Your Help

With about 65% of our budget coming from individual donors, Seacology relies on the generosity of people like you to make our work happen. As we approach the end of 2014, we ask you to consider including Seacology in your holiday giving. We offer a variety of other ways to support our work, including an easy and secure online donation. You can also donate stock, or include us in your estate planning by joining the Island Legacy Society.

We're also excited to announce that we'll be offering a special deal on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 2nd. For that day only, you'll be able to participate in our Save An Acre program, and protect an acre of coral reef in Micronesia or forest in Madagascar for only $20, down from the regular rate of $40. Save an Acre is perfect for the holidays! We will send a card to one or more people on your holiday list letting them know an acre of coral reef or forest has been saved in their honor. Both regular and Save and Acre donations can be made in honor of or in memory of a loved one.

Thank you so much! We couldn't do what we do without the generosity of our donors.

New Feature!
Species Spotlight: Dugong

Sometimes confused with their cousins, the manatees, dugongs (Dugong dugon) inhabit shallow coastal areas throughout the Indian Ocean and south Pacific rich in seagrass, their primary source of nourishment. Seen as a symbol of good fortune in some cultures and thought to be the inspiration for mermaid legends, dugongs have served an important economic and cultural purpose throughout the world. Unfortunately in many places, they've been unsustainably hunted and some local populations have declined near the point of extinction, with the species listed as vulnerable globally.

Seacology has worked with several island communities, including in Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, and India, to protect their local dugong populations and the seagrass they rely on.

What's your favorite island creature? Let us know, and we might feature it in an upcoming Species Spotlight!
Image © Thomas Baechtold

Moving Words from a Conservation Champion

Last month, we honored our 2014 Seacology Prize winner, "Professor" Ali Shaibu Shekue, for his extraordinary leadership in marine conservation in Kenya. For those who were unable to attend the Prize Ceremony, we now have video available from the event. You can stream either the entire ceremony or just Shekue's acceptance speech over at our YouTube channel.

Join Us in Kenya
July 24-August 2, 2015

Seacology invites you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime safari to Kenya, where visitors will enjoy two nights at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, have a chance to witness the Great Migration at Maasai Mara, and visit Wasini Island, where Seacology has worked to protect expansive mangrove forests in exchange for key improvements in the island's water infrastructure. You'll also have a chance to meet our 2014 Seacology Prize winner and see some of his successful work close-up!

For more details, view the trip brochure here.

Australia Trip Sold Out, But...
June 27-July 5, 2015

First the bad news: We just sold the last reservation for our first-ever trip to Australia, where guests will swim with Minke whales, dive the Great Barrier Reef, and enjoy the exquisite service aboard the Elizabeth EII.

However, the trip is still almost a year away, and we often get cancellations as our guests' plans change, so if you're interested in joining us on this rare opportunity, we encourage you to sign up for our waitlist, and you'll be the first to know if a spot opens up.

More details can be found in our trip brochure.
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What Did You Buy?

Did you know that your holiday shopping can support Seacology? By using the Amazon Smile program, you can donate a percentage of your purchases at no additional cost to you! Simply go to smile.amazon.com, search for Seacology as your preferred charity, then shop as you normally would. Send us a picture or description of what you bought there, and we'll give you a shout-out in a future newsletter and on our Facebook page!

New Staff

Last month we welcomed Abby Krumbein to Seacology as our new Development Associate. Abby brings a wealth of experience to the organization, having worked with a number of environmental and social justice groups including the University of Michigan Green Fund and AmeriCorps. We're looking forward to having her on our fundraising team as Seacology continues to grow and takes on exciting new projects.

Ahora Disponible en Español

For our Spanish-speaking supporters, our 2013 annual report is now available in that language. Thanks to our volunteer, Julissa Jeria Lara for helping with the translation. Download the PDF here. ¡Disfrute!
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