Whales Tales Lecture Series at NHA Whaling Museum

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to present the Whales Tales Lecture Series at the Whaling Museum on June 5, 19, 26, and August 9, 2018.

The Whales Tales lectures welcome naturalists, environmental activists, and scientists focused on the study of whale ecology today.

“Pelagic Megafauna: Underwater Photography and Videography from Around the World” with Eric Savetsky

On June 5 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. join naturalist and avid photographer Eric Savetsky for a presentation and discussion of his photographic work, capturing whales and other marine life in hopes of inspiring a deeper appreciation of the natural world.  A collection of Savetsky’s photography of whales in and around Nantucket Sound is currently on display at the Whaling Museum.

“Nantucket: A Front Row Seat for Climate Change Impacts” with Rich Delaney

On June 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Rich Delaney, CEO of Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown and co-founder of Global Ocean Forum shares his experience with the Paris Climate Agreement and its importance on the international level. Delaney will also present the actions related to the agreement that are already underway at the local level on Cape Cod and Nantucket.

“Will We ‘Save’ the Whales in a Post Whaling World?” with Patrick Ramage and Sena Wazer, presented in partnership with Marine Mammal Alliance of Nantucket

On June 26 from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. NHA welcomes Patrick Ramage, Whale Programme Director of International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Sena Wazer, President of the Cetacean Society International Youth Group.

As IFAW’s Director of Marine Conservation, Patrick Ramage leads efforts to protect our ocean planet and promote sustainable solutions to pressing challenges including habitat loss, impacts from commercial shipping, entanglement in fishing gear, ocean noise pollution, and continued whaling for commercial purposes by Iceland, Norway, and Japan.

He has worked on international environmental issues for more than two decades.  He has led IFAW delegations to 15 meetings of the International Whaling Commission and served as an accredited representative to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the U.N. Conference on Population and Development, the World Trade Organization, the International Maritime Organization, and the Arctic Council.

Sena Wazer, a fourteen-year-old whale protection advocate, works as an educator on a whale watching boats, meets with elected officials, and organizes public outreach to raise awareness of the problems whales face. She will speak to the impacts of plastic pollution and its dire impact on whale populations.

This lecture will consist of a report from the front lines of international efforts to protect whales and marine habitat world-wide.

“North Atlantic Right Whales: On the Path to Extinction” with Charles “Stormy” Mayo, Ph.D

On August 9 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. NHA welcomes Stormy Mayo, Senior Scientist and Director of the North Atlantic Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Mayo has been studying endangered large whales for the last 40 years, directing efforts to understand the interaction between rare whales and the ecosystems that support them. He will address the probability of imminent extinction of the North Atlantic Right Whale.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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