Donation “Matching” Campaign for Gray Whale Research in 2021

Announcing $20,000 Matching Donation Campaign for Gray Whale Research Program

In 2019 and 2020, gray whales have been suffering elevated mortality along the coast of North America from Mexico through Alaska. The die-off constitutes an “Unusual Mortality Event” (NOAA 2020). In Laguna San Ignacio, a critical breeding and calving area, we documented a four-fold increase in dead whales during these years. Other alarming findings also indicate that the whales are in trouble compared to previous winters. There was a 72% decline in mother-calf pairs and 46% fewer whales utilizing the lagoon. A distressing 30% of the whales were skinny and emaciated, while only 33% were in good condition. This indicates many whales are experiencing declining body condition and starvation possibly due to decreased food resources related to climate change, disease, or a combination of environmental stressors.
2021 will be a critical period for our gray whale program to determine if low numbers of whales and calves, declining health and body condition, and the “Unusual Mortality Event” are continuing. And, hopefully, document whether the whales are beginning to recover.
We need your help to raise $20,000 to ensure that we have the resources to complete a full season of gray whale investigations. Fortunately, a private individual donor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has offered to match “dollar-for-dollar” each donation we receive; so $50 donated becomes $100, $500 becomes $1,000 and so on… Your gift doubles its program support!

We’ve set a September 15, 2020 date to meet our fundraising goal: Please help us now!

You may make a tax deductible charitable donation safely and securely through our non-profit sponsor The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. tax law. Just go to our website page at:

If you prefer, you may also send a personal check to:

The Ocean Foundation – LSIESP Project

1320 19th Street, N.W., 5th Floor

The Sunderland Building

Washington, D.C. 20036

Please make your donation today or before September 15th, 2020 when our  $20,000 matching fund raising effort ends!


Now more than ever there is a need to gather as much information as possible on the gray whales during their winters in the Baja lagoons in Mexico, and to support the conservation of the species.

Please consider making a matching donation in any amount to support the 2021 winter research and monitoring of the gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio. Thank you in advance for your concern for gray whales, and for your generosity!

Steven L. Swartz

LSIESP Co-Director


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