It’s spring in Argentina, and that means its time for our Southern Right Whale Program to begin at Península Valdés in Patagonia. The Right Whale team will be sharing life at whale camp with you in the coming weeks. First up–our aerial photographer John Atkinson from Ontario, Canada returns once again and shares this:
After spending an amazing twenty-four hours in New York City with Dr. Roger Payne and Iain Kerr at an inspirational symposium about the health of the oceans called Parley for the Oceans, I boarded an airplane and flew 6,000 miles, twelve hours south to Buenos Aires. Spring is in the air here in Argentina. The flowers are blooming and the outdoor cafes are a great place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Tomorrow morning I will board an early morning flight that will take me another two hours and one thousand miles further south to Peninsula Valdes in Patagonia. Along with Mariano Sironi from Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (ICB), we will be conducting the annual aerial survey of the endangered southern right whales, a program that was started by Roger Payne back in 1970. Stay tuned for updates!