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Join PBI on a Biodiversity Expedition
in South America in 2014!

Flamingos at Laguna de los Pozuelos

* Have you ever wanted to explore the places on earth where biodiversity reaches its maximum expression?
* Have you ever wanted to experience nature's abundance flourishing like nowhere else on earth?
* Would you like to explore deep into the Big Wild and see the wild heart of the planet?

Well, here is your chance! In 2014, PBI is offering the opportunity to join like-minded adventurers on several expeditions to explore the biodiversity of some of the most fascinating natural areas in South America. Some expeditions are easy and some involve strenuous backpacking. Every expedition includes extensive nature observation, citizen science data collection, wildland conservation and an opportunity to meet local scientists, conservationists, birders and nature enthusiasts.

Our first expedition in March 2014 explores biodiversity hotspots in northwest Argentina and focuses on birding, nature photography, videography and gentle hiking. In two weeks you will see exceptional ecological and biological diversity - lush tropical forests, beautiful deserts, the high Andes, extensive salt flats, high lakes filled with birds, deep canyons. You will also experience some of the rich culture and history of this fascinating area.

The second expedition in late March and early April is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike ancient Inca trails deep into the wild heart of the Sierra de Zenta, in Argentina. You will explore spectacular landscapes, a wide variety of ecosystems, diverse wildlife, and ancient, unexplored archeological sites. It is for avid hikers who enjoy traveling fast and light. You will explore places North Americans and Europeans have rarely seen. This is an opportunity to strike out into one of the "map's void spaces" - far from urban areas and the roaded world. You will be part of a tight international team of adventurers, scientists, and conservationists, led by an outstanding expedition guide.

To learn more about these expeditions, visit our expedition web page. You can ask for more information or find answers to your questions by writing us at
Barefoot in the Sierra de Zenta
To find out more about our activities last year, read the
Pacific Biodiversity Institute 2013 Annual Report

Knowledge Changes the Game

On a recent visit to downtown Seattle, I was awestruck by the sight of a peregrine falcon soaring high above city buildings. Nature's fastest animal, capable of flight speeds of more than 200 mph, this magnificent bird nearly disappeared forever only 30 years ago. Luckily, a huge effort to understand the science of the peregrine and the threats it faced brought this species back from the brink of extinction. The peregrine is one of the great success stories in biodiversity conservation. It may now be seen hunting and nesting in many natural areas, and, yes, even U.S. cities.

Many of us recognize that the loss of biodiversity, the diversity of life on earth, is one of the greatest problems of today. What most people don't realize is how little is known about biodiversity, and how this lack of knowledge stands in the way of conservation. Scientists estimate that we have discovered only 5 to 20 percent of all species on earth. And we understand only a small fraction of those species we have discovered.

Missing information is a serious handicap in solving the problem of biodiversity loss. We can't conserve what we don't understand. Unfortunately, in these difficult economic times, very little government funding is available for research on biodiversity. The important job of doing the science necessary for conservation has fallen to non-governmental organizations like Pacific Biodiversity Institute. PBI's work is critically important for saving the endangered species, the neglected biodiversity, and the unknown wild habitats, for future generations.

Whether we are studying the habitat needs of the imperiled western gray squirrel in eastern Washington, uncovering the mysteries of the harbor porpoise, a sentinel species in Puget Sound, or identifying the most biodiverse wildlands in South America, we are doing the absolutely essential job of finding out what we need to know to save these species, habitats, and ecosystems. We couldn't do any of this work without the help of our generous supporters and volunteers.

With your help, in the future, we will have plenty of conservation success stories to tell our children, and plenty of magnificent creatures - like the peregrine falcon - for them to enjoy.
Dave Stokes
President, Pacific Biodiversity Institute Board of Directors

Photos: - Peter Morrison, Pacific Biodiversity Institute.

Pacific Biodiversity Institute

Blazing the trail for conservation in the 21st century
PO Box 298, Winthrop, WA 98862


Pacific Biodiversity Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. PBI works throughout North and South America, with homebase in Washington's Methow Valley.

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Pacific Biodiversity Institute

a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization

January 2014

Burrows Pass Sunset
Join us for a celebration of
Marine Biodiversity

On Sunday, January 19th from 2 PM to 5 PM we are celebrating marine biodiversity and the citizen scientists who have contributed so much to PBI's harbor porpoise project. The event is at the Cabana at Skyline in Anacortes, Washington. It is a spectacular setting overlooking the waters of Burrows Pass. Everyone is welcome. cabana
We want to appreciate all of you who have expressed interest in and helped with our study of the porpoises. And we will provide refreshments and interesting presentations. The Anacortes community has supported us in a major way and we value your participation. The view from the Cabana is spectacular and you might well see porpoises, seals, many sea birds, and other marine life.

We will be welcoming our new Marine Biologist, Dr. Cindy Elliser.
Cindy spent over 10 years studying a population of wild dolphins in the Bahamas with the Wild Dolphin Project. Her research has focused on behavioral ecology, intra and interspecies interactions and the effects of environmental changes on marine mammals. Cindy received her Ph.D. in integrative biology from Florida Atlantic University in 2010 and has authored papers in many scientific publications. Cindy is now working on PBI's Harbor Porpoise Project and has plans for photo ID work focused on our porpoises.

Cindy will talk about her work with dolphins and show some of her photography and videography of the dolphins. Sue Ehler will give some refresher tips for porpoise observers. Aileen Jeffries will present some of her recent analysis of the results of the porpoise data collected by that PBI's observers in the Burrows Pass area. She will also talk about the expansion of the porpoise program to include monitoring partnerships with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society.

Directions and map to the Cabana

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A Special Thanks to PBI's
2013 Major Funders

Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation
Charlotte Martin Foundation
The Mountaineers Foundation
The Center for Biological Diversity
WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
The Craig and Jean Olson Fund
The Methow Field Institute
Cascadia Research Collective
Friends of Skagit Beaches
American Cetacean Society

We would also like to thank all of our generous individual donors!

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