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Submit your artwork for Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s wine label design contest!

Apr 20, 2018.

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is offering a competition to design a wine label for a white wine blend, our very own Wild Coast White,  from Wind Rose Cellars. The winner will have the honor of having their artwork displayed on a Wind Rose Cellars’ wine label along with the name of the artist and title of the piece as well as…

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Recapping Our Annual Sanctuary Fly-In

Apr 2, 2018.

In early March, sanctuary community leaders from across the nation called their elected officials and met with Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. These grassroots efforts underscore the value of marine sanctuaries and the need to conserve areas of national significance in our oceans and Great Lakes, to advance scientific research and…

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Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies

Apr 2, 2018.

  Home to cold, blue, productive waters, the state of California is a host to many charismatic ocean species, including the largest on the planet, the elusive blue whale. Though some types of whales are spotted year round in sanctuary waters, blues and most populations of large whales typically gather in large numbers in these…

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Join Us for Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2018!

Mar 19, 2018.
Capitol Hill Week 2018

We are excited to announce the events for Capitol Hill Ocean Week, June 5-7 2018 in Washington, DC! CHOW offers an unforgettable opportunity to interact with marine policy leaders from around the world as you discuss important issues that affect our oceans and Great Lakes. You’ll join over 700 scholars, scientists, businesses and conservation leaders —…

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Creature Feature: The Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal

Mar 16, 2018.
Hawaiian Monk Seal

The Hawaiian monk seal is endangered, having been hunted almost to extinction in the 19th century, with only about 1,200 individuals at last count in 2016 in their native habitats in the Hawaiian Islands. One of their closest relatives, the Caribbean monk seal, went extinct in the 1950’s and the Mediterranean monk seal may be headed…

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Your Pre-Trip Course to Responsible Wildlife Viewing in Sanctuaries

Mar 15, 2018.
Respect Wildlife In National Marine Sanctuaries Respect Wildlife In National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuary System offers a fantastic array of experiences, from whale watching to fishing to diving and more. While a marine adventure is a sure bet for vacation fun, though, it is important to respect the ecosystems with which you interact. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “irresponsible human behavior can disturb…

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Cool Off and Conserve, Part II: 7 More Marine Sanctuary Destinations for Your Next Vacation

Mar 12, 2018.
National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa

You’ve pulled out the calendar, requested the time off and taken a family survey: Where should we go this year? While many ideas have surfaced, everyone keeps coming back to one thing: water. Sand, sun, surf and splashing are time-honored elements in any vacation, so it’s no wonder your crew has put it on their…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Tufted Puffins

Mar 9, 2018.
Tufted Puffin Tufted Puffin

Solid black seabirds with orange feet, tufted puffins are fairly stocky and have rounded heads.  They are distinctive because of their facial coloring and plumage.  With an orange bill and a white face, they are adorned by wisps of blonde feathers that sweep backwards from the ears.  In size, they are similar to pigeons. The tufted…

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Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – A Maritime Heritage Site

Mar 7, 2018.
Deck Of USS Monitor

Monitor National Marine Sanctuary – Bringing People and History Together to Preserve Our National Heritage Though the US has had national parks since the 1870s, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act wasn’t established until a century later in 1972! Monitor National Marine Sanctuary (MNMS) became the first national marine sanctuary when it was established in 1975. Like many historical sites…

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Cool Off and Conserve: 7 Marine Sanctuary Destinations for Your Next Vacation

Mar 5, 2018.
Marine Life NMSF Sanctuaries

Part 1 of 2 (part 2 coming next week) Planning your next vacation is always a delight, especially when you can add in an ecological twist. This year, get ready to help the environment and enjoy the water when you visit one of the National Marine Sanctuary System’s sanctuaries or monuments. What is a sanctuary,…

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Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) 
June 5-7, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The nation’s premier annual conference examining current marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policy issues.
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