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National Marine Sanctuary ‘Wildlife Hero’ Featured in Book on Species at Risk

April 11, 2012
This image shows the National Marine Sanctuary ‘Wildlife Hero’ Featured in Book on Species at Risk.

A new book recognizes David Wiley, research coordinator at NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, for his work on behalf of the sanctuary’s endangered whales.

Earth Day is April 22, so if you seek inspiration for your own “green” pursuits, you need look no further than David Wiley, the research coordinator at NOAA’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located off the coast of Massachusetts. Wiley’s work on behalf of the sanctuary’s endangered whales is featured in the new book Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They are Committed to Saving by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken.

Wiley’s groundbreaking research on the distribution of right whales and other baleen whales relative to ship traffic in the sanctuary led to the relocation of busy Boston-area shipping lanes in 2007. Then, just last week, NOAA and a group of academic and maritime industry partners released the world’s first whale alert application for iPads/iPhones.

Developed by a team led by Wiley, WhaleALERT notifies vessels, in near real-time, about the presence of right whales in the shipping lanes that cross the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary. It also uses NOAA digital charts to display all of the right whale conservation measures mariners are expected to follow along the entire Eastern Seaboard. Whale Alert is available as a free download.

Wildlife Heroes combines such real-life success stories with compelling photographs and thought-provoking information on species at risk to make the case that it is not too late to save species in decline.

The authors write that like the species selected for the book, the heroes "were chosen as being best suited to bring a broader message of conservation need, and inspiration for action, to readers. Unless more people start fighting…to save species, wild lands, and ocean habitats, there will be far [fewer] of these incredible creatures and environments left in the world."

 

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