Friday, March 23, 2012

Whales at Angoon

Humpback whales migrate from the warm waters near Hawai'i in the winter to the Alaskan waters each summer (2500 - 3000 miles!). The scientists at The Jupiter Research Foundation's Humpback Whale Project objective was to make Humpback whale vocals available online for both the research community and the public. They began by putting a solar powered radio buoy near Puako on the Big Island, and later were able to install one near Angoon, Alaska (Favorite Bay).

The Wilderness Volunteers  project on Admiralty Island (where Angoon is located) is timed so we have the great fortune to be able to view these incredible animals. The humpback is known for its spectacular breaching, flipper-slapping and tail lobbing which makes for great whale-watching.

Listen to these magnificent creatures on The Jupiter Research Foundation site at this link.

View a video about the installation of the buoy in Angoon.

Find out more about the Wilderness Volunteers project on Admiralty Island.

Monday, March 19, 2012

2012 Spring Projects are Filling Up!

Spring is upon us and WV's first two trips of the 2012 season are underway as of yesterday in Moab, UT and Arizona's Superstition Wilderness.

And there are plenty more to choose from this spring that are still in need of volunteers just like you - help restore sea turtle habitat in Hawaii, eradicate invasive plants in California, reconstruct hurricane-battered trails in New Hampshire, help maintain a precious archaeological site in Utah, and more.

Get all the details here. And as always, send any questions to

Friday, March 02, 2012

Come See WV in PA!

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For the third year in a row, Wilderness Volunteers will be out and about at the 2011 Calvary Outdoors Expo this Saturday March 3rd in Souderton, PA - just 30 miles north of Philadelphia. Last year's event attracted nearly 10,000 attendees and an even bigger turnout is expected this year. The event runs from 10am-5pm. Special thanks to WV'ers Marge and Rick Volpe for organizing the WV exhibit.

Click here for directions.