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Upcoming Events

Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Saturday, April 13th, 2024 the Loxahatchee River Historical Society is hosting the 10th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum from 6-10pm. This is one of the nation's premier environmental and adventure film festivals with over 500 anticipated guests. Join us at the Jupiter Lighthouse for a night of environmental artwork and fun.  For more information click on the following link:

Recent Events

Lecture Series at the Loxahatchee River Center
On Friday, April 5th, Graduate Student, Hayley Knapp, gave an amazing illustrated presentation titled “The Wild Dolphin Project” at The Loxahatchee River Center in Jupiter, FL. She discussed the last 40 years of our dolphin research in the Bahamas and where new research is heading, including building dolphin family trees. On the first Friday of each month, the River Center has a guest lecturer as part of their lecture series and the Wild Dolphin Project returned as a lecturer for the first time since 2018. Hayley’s lecture is open to the public.
Nature Fest
Saturday, March 9, 2024 The Wild Dolphin Project was at MacArthur Beach State Park’s annual outdoor festival Nature Fest! Nature Fest is an event for environmental enthusiasts of all ages and had food trucks, a beach cleanup, kayaking, live music performances, native plants for sale, Environmental Champion Awards, and more! As the only State Park in Palm Beach County, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is located at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach. For more information about MacArthur Beach State Park visit,

February 2024 

Saturday, February 24th, Wild Dolphin Project attended Loggerhead Marinelife Center's 19th Annual TurtleFest.  It was a beautiful sunny day and over 10,000 guests came together at TurtleFest 2024, a free-admission event which focuses on promoting ocean conservation through interactive educational exhibits and marine life. Crowds enjoyed music, art, shopping, games, and other family-friendly activities.

January 2024

On Wednesday, January 31st Graduate Student, Hayley Knapp, gave an illustrated presentation titled “The Wild Dolphin Project” to approximately 20 students at Keiser University's flagship campus in West Palm Beach, Florida, during their Plant Wellness day, which is being spearheaded by the sustainability club.


November  2023

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023 About 260 guests attended a lecture by Dr. Herzing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Longbeach, California. Their "First Wednesdays" series focuses on animals, nature and conservation efforts. The events bring scientists, authors, and other experts into its Honda Pacific Visions Theater for an illustrated talk paired with book signings or meet and greets and cocktail/social hours with music and crafts. View the lecture here

April  2023

On Saturday, April 15  To Celebrate National Dolphin Day 65 guests attended a lecture by Marine Biologist Brittini Hill discussed her life and work as a dolphin scientist at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Library in Hawaii. This presentation was perfect for families and young people interested in dolphins and/or ocean conservation.

April  2023

On Saturday, April 8th, the Wild Dolphin Project attended the uniquely popular Wild & Scenic Film Festival- on tour, which place at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. This event was hosted, for the 9th year in a row, by The Loxahatchee River Historical Society. This is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals and approximately 500 guests attended the evening. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival celebrates the beauty and wonder of our natural world and inspires audiences everywhere to take action to protect it. 2023 is all about CommUNITY!


March  2023

On Saturday, March 18, The Wild Dolphin Project had a table in the conservation village at Turtlefest where approximately 7,000 guests joined together for a free-admission event that focused on promoting ocean conservation through up-close interactions with threatened and endangered sea turtles, as well as music, art, shopping, educational presentations, games, and other activities. This year's TurtleFest theme was "Respect the Locals".

Hayley Knapp, Melissa Infante, Rita Gohlke

Theresa Carlsen, Hayley Knapp

WDP Research team member, Hayley Knapp, was invited to give a talk in auditorium in the afternoon.

October  2022

On Wednesday, October 26th, Brittini Hill attended career day at Ed-Venture microschool in Waipahu, Hawaii. Over 100 students from kindergarten through eighth grade attended this event. Students rotated through career stations, hearing presentations from professionals including a submariner, an archaeologist, an artist, a surgeon, and our own marine biologist. 


On Sunday, October 23rd Dr. Herzing kicked off the SE Explorers Club talks for the season, with a talk on the work of the Wild Dolphin Project. With a crowd of around 40 members and interested public, Dr. Herzing shared progress on studying the spotted dolphins of the Bahamas, including some of our new technology.


On Wednesday, October 19th, Cassie Volker-Rusche gave a talk to a group of 30 students at Keiser University and 20 students who attended via zoom. The presentation covered an overview of who we are here at The Wild Dolphin Project, what we do, and what our future holds. There were students who attended in-person and also through zoom. 


April  2022

On Saturday, April 9th, Denise Herzing and Melissa Infante attended the 8th annual "where activism gets inspired" Wild & Scenic Film Festival , benefitting Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum operated by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society. Films that were screened by the over 400 guests in attendance can be found HERE.

Junior volunteer Lily, Melissa Infante, and Denise Herzing

April  2022

On Wednesday, April 6th, Research Assistant Cassie Volker-Rusche zoomed in with a third grade class at Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School in Merion Station, Pennsylvania. They asked questions about dolphins for 30 minutes and mailed thank you letters afterwards.


April  2022

On Saturday, April 2nd, Cassie Volker-Rusche and Liam Groth attended the 17th annual Turtlefest benefitting Loggerhead Marine Life Center. This free-admission event focuses on promoting ocean conservation through interactive educational exhibits and marine life, as well as music, art, shopping, games, and other family-friendly activities. Over 1,000 guests attended this event and one person who signed up for WDP's newsletter was selected to win a two-tone membership.

Liam Groth and Cassie Volker-Rusche


January  2021

On  Wednesday, January 21, 2021 Research Assistant, Cassie Rusche, gave a virtual presentation to a classroom full of 16 students at New Emerson Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado.

2 students, Lily and Olivia, worked on an inquiry project focused on dolphin communication.

March 2020

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 A WDP presentation was made by Research Assistant, Cassie Rusche, for the South Florida Underwater Photography Society. Visit for more about this organization.

Research Assistant Cassie Volker at SFUPS. Photo: Andre Johnson

March 2020

On Saturday, March 7, 2020 WDP attended NatureScaping, an outdoor estival, at John D. MackArthur Beach State Park. The purpose of this event was to promote environmental education, support the planting of native species, highlight outdoor activities at the park and provide a good time for visitors of all ages. This fun event features native plant sales, food trucks, children's crafts, live animal shows, presentations, obstacle courses, door prizes and more.

February 2020

On Saturday, February 29, 2020 a local gym, Hard Exercise Works in Boca Raton, Florida teamed up with WDP Research Assistant Cassie Rusche and WDP Admin Melissa Williams for a workout for charity called "Deadlift for Dolphins". These athlete Hew-mans enjoyed a brief overview of WDP and had a chance to scoop up merch after the workout.

"Deadlifts for Dolphins" workout for charity with Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams and Cassie Volker thank HEW!

January 2020

On Friday, January 31, 2020 Research Director and Founder, Dr. Denise Herzing presented "Dolphins in the Wild: Cracking the Code" to a packed house at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida. This was a free event thanks to The Environmental Studies Council.

Nic Mader, Dr. Denise Herzing, and Kiele Mader


Dr. Denise Herzing begins her presentation




January 2020

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Research Assistant, Cassie Volker presented the work of WDP for the “Who’s New” ladies group.

January 2020

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020 a local restaurant supported WDP with an all day give back event! For anyone who came for lunch, happy hour, dinner with family and friends, Chili's donated 20% of ticket to the Wild Dolphin Project! Thanks Chilis!

Thank you Chili's for supporting WDP!

January 2020

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, WDP attended the premier of the H2O Trickle Down Exhibition at the Lighthouse Art Center in Tequesta, Florida, which featured art and photography from Ruth Petzold Photography, Tom Fitz, and more. Dr. Denise Herzing presented an overview of WDP for approximately 100 guests.  If you missed joining us that evening, be sure to stop in to view the exhibit which will be displayed until February 12th.

Dr. Denise Herzing presents an overview of WDP to guests at the art show.


World Marine Mammal Conference  2019

In December 2019, SMM (The Society for Marine Mammalogy) and ECS (The European Cetacean Society) joined together for a World Marine Mammal Science Conference that will took place in Barcelona, Spain. The conference brought together leaders in the field from every continent. The gathering of interdisciplinary experts enabled discussion amongst marine mammal scientists and policy makers, enhanced collaboration and training the next generation of scientists and practitioners, and was a key opportunity to foster international partnerships and collaborations.

The conference attracted marine mammal scientists, managers and policy makers from more than 60 countries to engaged in interdisciplinary dialogue on the world’s most pressing marine science and conservation issues as they relate to these highly charismatic species.

WDP Field Research Assistant, Liah McPherson, presents her poster "An assessment of UAS technology for studying Atlantic spotted dolphins" at WMCC '19.

WDP Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presents her poster "Aggressive behaviors of adult male Atlantic spotted dolphins: making signals count during intraspecific and interspecific conflicts” at WMCC '19 alongside Research Director, Dr. Denise Herzing.

Bloomingdales  2019

December 5, 2019 Melissa Williams joined an Exhibition event at Bloomingdales at the Palm Beach Gardens Mall. Wildlife photographer Ruth Petzold had a visually stunning display and guests were invited to shop the Lagos jewelry display. Approximately 100 people attended this event.

A lovely group attends the Bloomingdale's event


CFC at NOAA, November  2019 

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 Melissa Williams attended a CFC charity event at NOAA in Miami, prompting federal employees to contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign at their workplace. This program is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. WDP CFC: 69488

Melissa Williams attends CFC event at NOAA in Miami, Florida

South Florida Divers, November  2019 

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019 Research Assistant, Cassie Volker gave an overview presentation at the South Florida Divers, sharing the history and mission of The Wild Dolphin Project. Founded in 1974, SFDI has a long legacy of diving Florida's reefs and wrecks. They participate in local reef clean-ups, reef and fish surveys, wreck sinking, and turtle nest monitoring. Find out more about them HERE.

Research Assistant Cassie Volker presentation for SFDI

Jupiter Inlet Colony Presentation, November 2019

On Monday evening, November 4, 2019 Research Assistant Cassie Volker gave an overview presentation at Town of Jupiter Inlet Colony, sharing the history and mission of The Wild Dolphin Project with residents in this community. WDP's Board of Directors Vice President, Drew Mayer, joined Cassie and provided insight into the technological endeavors of WDP's current and future research.


Family Night Out, October  2019 

On Friday, October 18th, 2019 Melissa Williams and volunteer, Rita Gohlke, attended the Town of Jupiter's Event "Family Night Out" which took place at the Roger Dean Stadium. Guest at the this event enjoyed family themed activities and learned about the history and mission of The Wild Dolphin Project, how to participant in research trips and internship opportunities.


CFC Charity Fair Kick-off, October 2019 

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Melissa Williams gave a presentation during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) kick-off Charity Fair for federal employees at the CBP office located at the Port of Palm Beach. Approximately 20 people were in attendance.

Melissa Williams presents an overview of WDP's history and mission during the CFC kick off event at CBP, Port of Palm Beach.


Great Give, April 2019 

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019 WDP participated in the annual 24-hour online event: Great Give 2019. You have probably heard about citizen scientists and divers submitting photos of individual whale sharks from around the world.  These photos go into a visual matching system through WILDBOOKS to match individuals.

The Wild Dolphin Project is launching this platform to match Atlantic spotted dolphins in the Bahamas!  As climate changes and animals adjust their activities, there is a greater need for tracking animals over large areas.  Spotted dolphins are ideal given their preponderance of spots.  WDP matches spot patterns manually already, every year as we are out in the field season.

Now, we want to solicit dive boats, other researchers, and ocean enthusiasts to upload their photos, with location and timing information, so we can expand our understanding of where these individuals go every year.

In October 2018, WDP helped release Lamda, a male dolphin from our study group who stranded far from home (see our blog). Lamda has already shown us that he can travel both quickly and far from where our study site is, so all the more reason to get help from the public.

The initial set up and costs for WDP to get online with this tool is around 5k. We have begun the initial stages of setting up this tool but we need your help. Thank you for supporting us on April 24th. LINK  


Wild & Scenic Film Festival, April 2019  

On two nights, Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th WDP attend Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the lighthouse in Jupiter, Florida. This event is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. These international short films are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, heart thumping, eyes popping and jaws dropping! Soul-stirring stories and grand sweeping vistas give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. They illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. They capture the magnetic draw of nature, epic adventures and the emotional kaleidoscope of the human spirit. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum joined over 200 communities around the globe, to increase a groundswell of environmental awareness and support through this festival. We invite you and your family to join us on the waterfront for our fifth annual film fest.

Research Director & Founder, Dr. Denise Herzing and Executive Administrator, Melissa Williams share the mission & vision of WDP with guests of the festival.

Coastal Fest, April 2019 

On Saturday, April 6th WDP attend Coastal Fest in Jupiter, Florida. This event was coastal themed, free, family friendly and located at the Plaza Down Under on the Riverwalk.  Visitors to WDP's booth enjoyed learning about WDP's research, meeting key staff, receiving a free book and newsletter, and learning how researchers identify dolphins using visual cues in our ID catalog.

Melissa Willams shows the uniqueness of The Atlantic Spotted dolphins. Fun fact: they are born with no spots and gain spots with age!

This event featured live music, Moana character appearance, hula dance lessons, local artisan vendors, food trucks, bounce houses, face painting, touch tank, kids's games and activities, and a tiki bar serving beer and wine.


"Dolphins: Breaking the Code", March 2019

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019 PBS’s Changing Seas offered a live screening of “Dolphins: Breaking the Code” at The Deering Estate in Miami. Approximately 100 guests attended this screening. Research Director and WDP Founder, Dr. Denise Herzing, and Board President, Drew Mayer, answers questions from the audience following the film. (Watch online)

Changing Seas Producer, Alexa Elliot, moderates Q&A for Dr. Denise Herzing and Drew Mayer.

Turtle Fest, March 2019 

The Wild Dolphin Project was honored to attend Loggerhead Marine Life's 16th annual event in Jupiter, Florida on March 23rd. Over 10,000 guests joined this free-admission event which focused on promoting conservation and endangered sea turtles. Guest enjoyed music, art, shopping, educational presentations, games, and other activities. More information can be found HERE

Melissa Williams and Cassie Volker attend Turtlefest, 2019

BandSandBrews - March, 2019

The Wild Dolphin Project was honored to attend Teach The Beach's 3rd annual event, BandSandBrews on Saturday, March 16th. "Craft Beer Tasting and Live Music in Jupiter, FL. This festival has a great selection of craft beers paired with great music all while serving a great cause. Ticket proceeds will go towards Teach the Beach Foundation supporting ocean and environment conservation education and awareness." More information can be found HERE. (WDP debuts at :44 here in this  video)

Cassie Volker and WDP volunteers attending BandSandBrews, 2019

Saturday, March 2nd - Wild Ocean Science 

Visit our Wild Ocean Science event page for details and photos! 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Force-E Scuba Presentation 

On Wednesday evening, February 13th, Force-E Scuba Center in Pompano Beach, Florida,  hosted a special presentation by Research Assistant, Cassie Volker.  Force-E is the local's underwater outfitter since 1976. Located in South Florida with 3 shops in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Pompano Beach, they offer retail, service, fills, instruction, and dive trips.  Approximately 50 people were in attendance. 

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presenting "A night with dolphins" at Force-E Scuba Center in Pompano Beach, Florida


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Grass River Garden Club Presentation 

On Wednesday morning, February 13th The Grass River Garden Club hosted a special presentation by Research Assistant, Cassie Volker.  The Grass River Garden Club is located in Delray and focuses on the environment. Approximately 75 people were in attendance. 


Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presenting "An Introduction to The Wild Dolphin Project" to members of The Grass River Garden Club


Monday, January 28, 2019 - FAU Marine Biology Club Presentation 

On Monday evening, January 28th WDP Research Assistant, Cassie Volker gave a 45-minute presentation to the Marine Biology Club students at FAU, giving students an in-depth look into the world of long-term field research. Approximately 10 students attended this presentation. 


December 17, 2018 - West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Charity Fair 

On Monday, December 17th, Melissa Williams of The Wild Dolphin Project attended a charity fair at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, urging employees to participate in workplace giving and support WDP's research with their contributions. Over 60 attendees received a fred WDP coffee table book and newsletter to learn how their generosity through workplace giving helps us learn about the dolphins and the environment in which they live. The more we learn, the better equipped we are to help protect them In Their World...On Their Terms... (CFC#69488)


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Giving Tuesday  

On Tuesday, November 27th WDP participated in the biggest online giving event worldwide: #GivingTuesday. During this day of giving, WDP celebrated the significance of long-term research and how it directly impacts the dolphins in the wild, such as Lamda. This YouTube video shares Lamda's story and you can read the blog about "Lost Lamda".


November 15, 2018 - NAWCTSD Agency Fair 

On Thursday, November 15th, Melissa Williams of The Wild Dolphin Project attended the NAWCTSD Agency Fair in Orlando, Florida, urging Federal Employees to participate in workplace giving and support WDP's organization with their contributions. Over 200 attendees received a free WDP coffee table book and newsletter to learn how their generosity through workplace giving helps us learn about the dolphins and the environment in which they live. The more we learn, the better equipped we are to help protect them In Their World...On Their Terms... (CFC#69488)


November 4, 2018 - Watermen for Life Launch Luau 

On Sunday, November 4th, WDP attended Watermen for Life's Launch Luau at the Delray Beach Playhouse. This local group was formed to honor the spirit and memory of Willie Awa Auhoon by doing good works in his name. Guest to the event enjoyed Lunch plate luau by Bear’s Food Shack, great music, presentation by WDP's RA Cassie Volker, paddle lessons, kid’s “tattoos” & face painting, games for all ages, chair massage, silent auction, sponsor tents, and more… Proceeds from the event were generously donated to The Wild Dolphin Project. Visit to learn more about their mission.

Support the W4L movement here:


Melissa Williams and volunteer, Thalya Kombo, help everyone learn about WDP.


Research Assistant, Cassie Volker and Volunteer, Theresa Carlsen


Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presents an overview of WDP mission and goals to the crowd at the Luau.

October 17, 2018  

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presented to the Kiwanis Club of Delray Beach. Her topic was overview and introduction to The Wild Dolphin Project. This club meets every week and has served the needs of our community for over 41 years. The Kiwanis club of Delray Beach-Sunrise has numerous opportunities to get involved and provides numerous benefits to its members. To find out more, this is website and latest newsletter.

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, presents "An Introduction to The Wild Dolphin Project" to members of the Kiwanis Club.


October 13, 2018  

On Saturday, October 13th, Center Park Plaza hosted "Family Fun Day", a fundraiser benefitting a local charity Catch the Wave of Hope who lead the way to bring awareness, healing, and action to abolish human trafficking. Many who attended this event enjoyed games and goodies, raffles and prizes, store discounts, a bounce house and face painting, live music and more. Catch the Wave of Hope founder, Lynne Barletta spoke about awareness and how to protect your children. Guests who stopped by WDP's table were able to win a raffle basket, sign up for a newsletter, receive a free coffee table book and learn how we identify dolphins using an ID catalog.

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, encourages event guests to learn more about WDP's research project.


September 22-23, 2018 

On Sunday, September 23rd, Dr. Herzing was the keynote speaker for the Sustainable Oceans 2018 Conference at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. This student-run conference led by the Master of Marine Management students of the Marine Affairs Program in Halifax, funded by the Sobey Fund for Oceans, challenges you to think critically about the future of our oceans, while examining your own daily activities and how you can make small changes to support ocean-positive choices.  Through engaging with student and guest speakers, ocean optimism activities, and community organizations, the goal of this conference to is spark a new connection to the marine environment and instill inspiration to working together to ensure that our oceans and sustain us into the future.

The Sustainable Oceans Conference is the only student-led conference of its kind in Atlantic Canada, and is currently in its 7th consecutive year.


Research Director and Founder of WDP, Dr. Denise Herzing is the Keynote speaker on Day 2 of the Conference.

June 8, 2018 

June 8th was World Oceans Day and thanks to the "March For The Ocean" gathering in Washington D.C. and sister marches across the globe, awareness was raised for the restoration and protection of the oceans we love. Read more about World Oceans Day here: and about the worldwide movement taking place here:

Since we were out to sea during the event, we couldn’t participate but we do have a special message from Dr. Herzing about how plastic affects dolphins in the wild. Video

This blog post by Bethany Augliere includes 5 simple tips to save the planet:


April 24, 2018 

On April 24th we participated in the Great Give, a 24-hour online giving opportunity celebrating the spirit of giving. Visit our personalize page here: to see if we reached out goal find out how contributions during the Great Give helped to fund our need for new technology. Read Dr. Herzing's blog post for the outcome:

April 14, 2018 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. These international short films are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, heart thumping, eyes popping and jaws dropping! Soul-stirring stories and grand sweeping vistas give us a sense of place and what it means to be responsible stewards of the earth. They illustrate not only the challenges facing our planet but the work communities are doing to protect the environment and the places we love. They capture the magnetic draw of nature, epic adventures and the emotional kaleidoscope of the human spirit.

We are honored to have a table at this event to meet new friends

Research Assistant, Cassie Volker, meets a guest of the event and provides more information about WDP.


A gorgeous sunset just as the films begin


March 24, 2018

Our first annual event, "Wild Ocean Science", was a success! Over 200 people were in attendance filling the lobby area of the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at FAU in Jupiter. A beautiful slideshow by photographer, Hussain Aga Khan, donated by his foundation, Focused on Nature, played in the auditorium while guests enjoyed refreshments, browsed the raffle and silent auction tables, had their book signed by Dr. Herzing, perused our sunshirts and t-shirts, and mingled with friends.

Photo: Nicodema Lentile

Photo: Bethany Augliere

As the event got underway, special guest host Miles O'Brien introduced the premiering film, "Dolphins: Breaking the Code" by Changing Seas, a SouthFlorida PBS production. Thanks to student sponsors (Axel Stepan, Nic Mader, and Lisa Fast) 38 students from The Ideal School in Royal Palm Beach, The Gale Academy in West Palm, and FAU were in attendance, asking some great questions during the Q&A.

Photo: Bethany Augliere

Photo: Bethany Augliere

Photo: Bethany Augliere

Photo: Bethany Augliere

Research Associate and Wildlife Photographer, Bethany Augliere, donated a photo of "Shimmer", a juvenile dolphin, and was our event photographer for the evening. You'll see her photos posted on facebook.

There was a great variety and some amazing prizes in our raffle and silent auction! We received donations from: Ruth Petzold Photography, Focused on Nature, Bethany Augliere Wildlife Photography, Diver's Alert Network, Craft Beer City, Changing Seas, Lojo Sports, Bolay, Scuba Works, Lane Spa, CUR Salt Spa, PRP Wine, Mindquest Escape Rooms, Island Exposure, and more! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Photo: Wendy Maus

Miles O'Brien, Dr. Denise Herzing, Ruth Petzold Photo: Bethany Augliere

The entire episode of "Dolphins: Breaking the Code" can be seen here.

February 2, 2018

Research assistant, Cassie Volker, gave a compelling and educational presentation about the objectives and strategies of The Wild Dolphin Project at the River Center located at 805 N US Highway 1 in Jupiter, Florida. The River Center is dedicated to preserving the Loxahatchee River and its natural habitats, by designing innovative wastewater solutions, furthering river research efforts and fostering environmental stewardship. They host a monthly lecture series where guests can learn about various topics. Watch part of the presentation on our YouTube channel here.


Filling every seat in the room, 72 people were in attendance.


January 3-6, 2018

Dr. Herzing attended the Abaco Science Alliance Conference, held in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.  This conference, held every two years and sponsored by Friends of the Environment, is a gathering of researchers, students and interested public. Talks included presentations on conch and bonefish resources and policies, marine mammals, fishing issues, and plastics in the ocean. Particularly striking was the school children programs engaging these young people to be both advocates and activists. WDP was privileged to share our knowledge of the changes in our local dolphin community and the implications of climate change to marine mammals.

Dr. Herzing give a lecture at the Abaco Science Alliance Conference

A beautiful view of the lighthouse in Marsh Harbour

Friends of the Environment hosted the 8th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference on January 3rd – 6th, 2018. The conference goals are to: provide a forum for networking and information sharing for Abaco and Bahamas-based research projects, encourage the use of research for local education and environmental management purposes, and stimulate further research in The Bahamas.


October 22-27, 2017  

Dr. Herzing attended the 2017 Society for Marine Mammalogy meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia in October. Every two years, scientists from around the world and across disciplines get together to share their findings and thoughts.  This year’s meeting was a harsh and critical reminder that the world’s marine mammals are in trouble and face new challenges at accelerating rates.  Read more about the conference in our Fall newsletter.

Dr Herzing standing by PhD student Alyson Myers poster at SMM 2017


Thursday, August 10th  

Force E Scuba Shop in Boca Raton, Florida hosted a talk by Bethany Augliere entitled, "A Night with Dolphins". Approximately 50 guests learned about the spotted dolphins in the Bahamas from Bethany's first hand experience as a research scientists with The Wild Dolphin Project.

The audience is listening intently and asks engaging questions during the Q&A.

WDP Crew: Sommer Kuhn, Grad Student; Theresa Carlsen, Cook & Community Advisory Board Member; Bethany Augliere, Photographer and Lead Research Assistant; Jimmy Donovan, First Mate; Alex Carbaugh-Rutland, Intern; and Melissa Williams, Office Administrator

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!

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.

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!

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

Jupiter Lighthouse

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

Dr. Herzing presenting

Book signing

Benefit whale watch

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.



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!

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


WDP signature drink "Pink Dolphin Delight"


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


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 choose from many deserving non-profit organizations to designate their workplace giving funds.

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.

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

Summer 2016  Art in Public Places

The lobby of City Hall in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was adorned during the summer months of 2016 with art from renowned photographer and long-time friend of WDP, Ruth Petzold. Due to the efforts of a dedicated Art in Public Places Advisory Board, which is a city advisory board supported by the City Council, public art thrives in Palm Beach Gardens. As businesses grow and prosper, so does the appeal of this public, accessible art. The city is proud to present these fond treasures.

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.



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


April 6 event collage

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.




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


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.




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  Please view our Talk Brochure for prices depending on where you are located.

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