Collin College Psi Beta Hosts Senior Marine Scientist Amy D. Whitt

NET LOSS: The Vanishing Vaquita Porpoise

The Collin College Psi Beta chapter co-sponsored an awareness event with CASE (Collin Association for Sustainable Efforts), LULAC (The League of United Latin American Citizens) and the Honors Institute on Thursday, November 2nd at Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center. The forum focused on educating about the most endangered marine mammal species in the world and the efforts to save it.

 

Over 175 people were in attendance for this free public event which included a screening of “Souls of the Vermilion Sea,” a documentary film by Wild Lens about the struggle to save the vaquita, as well as a forum addressing related topics. Senior Marine Scientist, Amy D. Whitt, M.E.M., provided information about the vaquita, discussed the main threats to the species and outlined the international rescue response to save it. Professor of Psychology and Psi Beta National President, Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks presented an overview of conservation psychology and how it can encourage safeguarding of wildlife and the natural world. Concrete actions that could be taken to help save the Vaquita Marina were also explored.

 

 

Local environmental organizations, such as the Sierra Club, Plano Solar Advocates, Live Green in Plano, Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and Connemara Conservancy were on hand with helpful information about conservation efforts in the local community and how to get involved.

An added bonus was the Collin student artwork exhibition. The Art Departments at each Collin campus encouraged student artwork in the form of a contest. The winners had their artwork displayed at the Vanishing Vaquita awareness event and offered up for donations to benefit the vaquita recovery fund.

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