Upcoming Events

The 2017 Field Research Season is underway May thru September. You can follow our blogs for each trip here.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming events this fall ...

 

Recent Events

Wednesday, May 17th 

The Great Give 2017 came and went with a bang! This one day only (yes, only 24-hours) giving event celebrates the spirit of giving as anyone and everyone is able to donate to their favorite charity. Thanks to our generous sponsors, donations received during the Great Give were matched 1:1 helping fund our efforts to "Crack the Code" of dolphin communication. Nozzle Nolen (the only Green shield certified pest control company in South Florida) was able to sponsor us again for the 2nd year in a row and we pleased to get new sponsors as well: Under Blue Waters (a kid's camp is that is fun and educational as they incorporate marine science lessons into every camp adventure including a "Wild Dolphin Camp"), Salt Water Brewery (Delray's first local production microbrewery whose handcrafted beer and corresponding name is inspired by the ocean), and Coral Reef Crossfit (the best gym in Jupiter to get fit, get strong, and is within walking distance to the beach).

Thanks to the many donations that poured in that day, we were able to meet and exceed our goal. Thanks to  your support we are able to spend more time in the field. As you may know, 2017 is our 32nd consecutive field season. We wouldn't be able to continue our mission without your generous spirit. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to contribute to your favorite charity.  

Thank you to Nonprofits First, for their contribution! They are the leading resource for strengthening the operational and administrative capacity of nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

Saturday, May 13th

What traits do dolphins possess that we humans exhibit in our workouts? Synchrony, communication and partnership! 

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Thanks to Jon Galui, owner and trainer at Coral Reef Crossfit who wrote up a grueling workout for our "Deadlift for Dolphins" wod for a cause, athletes paired up with a partner for a workout utilizing communication and synchrony just like dolphins do. Within walking distance to Juno Beach, this is gym is your best bet for getting fit in Jupiter, Florida. Watch part of the workout here: Deadlift for Dolphins!

Funds raised were donated to The Wild Dolphin project during the Great Give 2017 on May 17th in an effort to support our mission to "Crack the Code" of dolphin communication by providing more time studying and observing dolphins in the wild... in their world...on their terms.

 

Thursday, May 4th

This evening we celebrated the spirit of giving and Saltwater Brewery, Delray's first local production microbrewery whose handcrafted beer and corresponding name is inspired by the ocean. Funds raised were donated to The Wild Dolphin project during the Great Give 2017 on May 17th in an effort to support our mission to "Crack the Code" of dolphin communication by providing more time studying and observing dolphins in the wild... in their world...on their terms.

Saltwater Brewery developed biodegradable and edible six-pack rings in hopes to make a big impact on ocean pollution and conservation. the A video demonstrating their efforts to can be seen here.  

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Congratulations to our raffle basket winner, DJ! The basket included a brewery tour for 12, pint glasses, wdp merchandise and a photo by Ruth Petzold.  

Saturday, April 22nd 

Under Blue Waters hosted a cleanup in celebration of Earth Day at Deerfield Island Park. Proceeds from that clean up were donated to The Wild Dolphin Project as matching funds for the Great Give 2017

Thanks to this great group for doing your part to celebrate Earth Day!

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Thursday, April 20th 

Dr. Denise Herzing was the guest speaker for the seventeenth annual Nicholas Megrath Scholarship Awards Dinner sponsored by The Friends of the Gale Academy of Environmental Science and Technology at Forest Hill Community High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nicholas Megrath was an honor student at the Environmental Academy at Forest Hill Community High School before his untimely death in 1999. He would have graduated in June of that year. His memory is kept alive with a scholarship program to help graduating students of the Academy further their education. All photos from the event can be viewed here.

 

Saturday, April 8th Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival of its kind in North America being hosted in WDP's own backyard. This powerful international series of short films are a call to action! Soul-stirring stories and grand sweeping vistas illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. They also portray the magnetic draw of nature and the adventurous side of the human spirit. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will leave you feeling INSPIRED and MOTIVATED to go out and make a difference in your community. The Wild Dolphin Project was honored to have the privilege to join the festival and education the public about WDP's mission and vision. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum hosted the event and films will be shown at the waterfront Lighthouse on the “big screen.” Approximately 500 people were in attendance for the 18 stunningly beautiful short films that made a big splash!

 

Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour

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WDP staff and volunteers get underway educating the public and sharing the mission of The Wild Dolphin Project

 

Saturday, April 1st Coastal Fest

WDP had an exhibition booth at Coastal Fest, an event held at The Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk in Jupiter, Florida.  There was live music from "Fresh Catch", face painting and kids festival, great food & beer, and local artisan vendors. 

More information can be found here.

 

Research Assistant, Arielle Vierheller, explains the age classes of the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and how we use their spots in photo identification.

 

A beautiful table covering kindly donated by Southeastern Printing.

March 20th - 24th Wild Dolphin Camp

WDP partnered with Under Blue Waters to offer a week-long Spring Break camp aboard Research Vessel, Stenella. Campers will got to experience being a Junior Marine Biologist and earn their PADI Skin Diver Certification while mastering their snorkeling skills observing and exploring marine life at the Blue Heron Bridge and Peanut Island. The itinerary included dolphin behavior, research, and conservation education, boaters safety instruction, marine biologist career talk, environmental conservation education, water sports such at paddle boarding, and more! More information can be found here

Saturday, Feburary 25th Sea Fest

WDP had an exhibition booth at Sea Fest for Kids at The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, 500 Captain Armour's Way, Jupiter, Florida 33469. Approximately 3,900 people attended this event. WDP's interactive tent offered educational opportunities for children in attendance including: How to identify a dolphin, a brief lesson in the age classes of the Atlantic spotted dolphins, identifying dolphin predators and prey, and more.  

Sea Fest for Kids at the Jupiter Light celebrates all things Maritime, Music and Fun! Enjoy a family day on the waterfront with sea-inspired education & adventures for kids to celebrate the Jupiter’s areas coastal heritage and history. Meet a real Mermaid and a Pirate or two on their Pirate ship. An unforgettable day filled with history and maritime demonstrations, music, arts & crafts, food and a treasure of activities awaits your family.

Ariel Vierheller, Research Assistant shows an example of how we identify dolphins during our field research.

 

Julianna Haley of Under Blue Waters illustrates the fish zones of the ocean.

 

Ariel Vierheller, Theresa Carlsen, Melissa Williams, Maya Shoup.

 

Thanks to Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum for allowing WDP to participate in Sea Fest 2017!

 

February 21st 2017 Whale Tales

Traveling to Kapalua, Hawii, Dr. Herzing was one of ten presenters for the 11th annual Whale Tales hosted by Whale Trust Maui, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research and public awareness of whales and their environment

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Book signing

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15 guests join Dr. Herzing for an exclusive oceanfront luncheon

February 2017

Thursday, February 2nd Dr. Denise Herzing presented a talk to Jupiter Drift Divers at the Jupiter Fire Station, 805 U.S. Highway One, Jupiter, FL 33477. Jupiter Drift Divers is a group of dedicated SCUBA enthusiasts who live, work or just play in and around Jupiter, Florida. Approximately 30 people were in attendance at this event. More information about Jupiter Drift Divers is available on their website.

Linda Wolf (right) presents Dr. Herzing (left) with a Jupiter Drift Divers T-shirt

 

Research Assistant, Ariel Vierheller, is available to answer questions about the project

 

Dr. Herzing presenting the latest research and WDP news to Jupiter Drift Divers

November 2016 

Saturday, November 19th WDP had an exhibition booth at the 2nd annual BandSandBrews event at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida. This event was sponsored by Teach the Beach, which is a fellow non-profit organization. Their goal is to raise awareness of ocean and environmental conservation. This event, attended by over 750 guests, featured craft beer tasting from local breweries and live music from the following bands: Ethan Parker Band, The Helmsmen, and Blackjack Billy. On this beautiful sunny day Theresa Carlsen (Community Advisory Board Member), Ariel Vierheller (Research Assistant), and Melissa Williams manned the booth collecting memberships and answering questions about the project and WDP's role in ocean conservation. 

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November 2016

Thursday, November 17th, WDP held a fund raiser event at Guanabanas located in Jupiter, Florida. The crowds gathered in the  tropical waterfall setting and enjoyed the evening's signature drink, "Pink Dolphin Delight". Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the project and participate in a raffle and silent auction where the prizes included spectacular dolphin photos and artwork, posters, t-shirts and other WDP merchandise, a "kid's only" WDP basket, Mako Vodka merchandise from our gracious sponsor, SUP gift certificate from 2 Guyz Paddling Surfari, a Trader Joe's basket, sports memorabilia, signed copies of Dr. Herzing's book "Dolphin Diaries", and TWO grand prizes of a private one-day trip aboard Research Vessel, Stenella!

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One of many tables full of prizes for the raffle and silent auction winners

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WDP signature drink "Pink Dolphin Delight"

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George Buckner, Farley Rentschler, Lauren Goldfarb, Adam Gressa, Dr. Denise Herzing, Nic Mader

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Karishma and Ruhaan Patel, winners of WDP kid's basket and Atlantic spotted dolphin ecology poster.

October 2016 

October 18th WDP had a display table at The City of Orlando Employees Workplace Giving Open House which took place at the Amway Center located in downtown Orlando.  Over 500 employees arrived to chose from many deserving non-profit organizations to designate their workplace giving funds. 

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Over 500 employees came to the Amway Center to choose from many non-profits as the designated recipient of their workplace giving contribution

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Newsletters and brochures were distributed to all in attendance. A video played illustrating WDP's research and Melissa Williams was there to answer and questions and further explain the mission of the project.

April 2016 

April 20th University of Chicago Talk

Dr. Herzing presented at the University of Chicago, in the Comparative Behavioral Biology Program, to a group of faculty and graduate students. The department is well known for a diversity of behavioral biology projects with primates, bats, and other species. The title of the talk was "Dolphin Behavior and Communication: Tools, Technology, and Time". 

April 15-16 Workshop: Breakthrough Initiatives

Dr. Herzing recently participated in an invited workshop for the "Breakthrough Initiatives" at Stanford University hosted by the Physics Department. Often a participant with the SETI Institute and Astrobiology initiatives, Dr. Herzing contributes papers and thoughts on how we might recognize other types of intelligence and what we have learned about communicating with other species. Many similar minded scientists were at this first of many workshops for the "Breakthrough Initiatives", a newly funded program to put effort into finding life on other planets.

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April 6th Dolphin Day for STEM Students

On April 6, 2016, Dr. Herzing joined 400 middle school students at Beverly Vista School in California to share information about the Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins in the wild including their behavior, social structure, communication and habitat as well as reveal the latest research by the Wild Dolphin Project. Full of enthusiasm, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) students eagerly lined up to ask Dr. Herzing thoughtful questions. Dr. Herzing looks forward to an opportunity to work with these students again in the future. Later in the evening Dr. Herzing lectured to high school students and the general public. Representatives from Agnes Scott College hosted a meet and greet with food and refreshments.

Dr. Herzing speaks to STEM students

 

Students eagerly ask thoughtful questions

 

Meet and greet with high school students and general public

 

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Thank you letters from elementary school students

 

October 2015 Scheller College of Business in Atlanta, Georgia recently hosted an IPAT lecture with Dr. Denise Herzing, research director of The Wild Dolphin Project and Guggenheim fellow, and Dr. Thad Starner of Georgia Tech.

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June 2015  Explorers Club Flag Expedition - download the report here. 

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October 2014  In this event, Dr. Herzing and a group of interdisciplinary scientists participate in a SETI colloquium to summarize and discuss a two-way workshop held to explore nonhuman communication research. Participants for this two-day workshop include scientists who currently work in one of three areas: animal communication, information theory, or astrobiology/intelligence. The panel explored and discussed the implications for SETI and astrobiology at this colloquium, including ideas about new tools and techniques that may provide insight into advanced communication systems and intelligence. Click here to watch.

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April 2013  The Museum of Science hosts Dr. Denise Herzing and Rob Shumaker, PhD, vice president of conservation and life sciences, Indianapolis Zoo, former biologist, curator, and exhibit designer, Smithsonian National Zoo. Click here to watch.

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April 2013  How can SETI learn from Dr. Herzing's research  with dolphins in the wild? The search for signals out of noise is a problem not only with radio signals from the sky but in the study of animal communication on Earth. Like SETI radio signal searches, dolphin sound analysis includes the detection, recognition, analysis, and interpretation of signals. Dolphins use three main types of acoustic signals and many of these sounds have been a challenge to measure and categorize due to their graded and overlapping nature. The goal of this talk is to provide perspective from dolphin communication studies and lessons learned about signal detection and recognition. Click here to watch. 

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February 2013 Could we speak the language of dolphins? Dr. Denise Herzing speaks at the 2013 TED conference in Long Beach, California. Click here to watch.

Videos/TV/Lectures

 

 

Talks with Dr. Herzing

Dr. Herzing gives talks every year both nationally/internationally about the Wild Dolphin Project’s research during the off season from trips.  She was asked to speak at the 2013 TED Conference in February, in which thousands attended.

If you would like Dr. Herzing to come and give a presentation, please contact us either by phone at 561-575-5660 or by email at info@wilddolphinproject.org.  Please view our Talk Brochure for prices depending on where you are located.

Contact info@wilddolpinproject.org for more information.

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