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Large Whale Response Program Wish List
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is New York's lead large whale response organization. We respond to live and deceased animals that wash up on our shores, monitor animals observed in unusual locations, support stranding networks partners in other areas, and work to uncover what is impacting these amazing creatures.
Events with large whales in New York are complex and require specialized equipment and highly trained individuals who can work with any challenge. Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is working to build partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, and community organizations to ensure that every cetacean in need gets the appropriate assistance as efficiently as possible and to increase stranding response capacity in New York.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we need your help in these efforts.
MONITORING & PHOTO DOCUMENTATION - $15,000
Digital SLR cameras with telephoto lenses and accessories
Video documentation equipment including drone support
Handheld GPS Units like the Garmin 76C Marine unit
Handheld VHF Radios
Rugged computer like the Panasonic Toughbook CF31a and digital storage for data, images and animal files
NECROPSY EQUIPMENT & TESTING - $10,000
Knives, knife sharpening
Data collection supplies including data sheets, folders and pencils/ markers
Sampling supplies including zip lock bags, whirl pack bags and histology jars
Freezers and sample storage expenses
ACTIVE TRACKING SUPPLIES - $18,000
Data processing expenses
Staff training to attach tags and analyze data
MOBILE RESPONSE UNIT - $86,000
Trailer (~$ 36,000): Outfitted with heating, AC, a generator, lighting, plumbing, triage equipment, safety equipment including fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and temperature monitors
Tow vehicle ($30,000): 2500 or 250 series, four wheel drive, 6ft bed
Diagnostic equipment (~$ 20K): Blood analyzer, electrolyte analyzer, mobile ultrasound, thermometers
SAFETY GEAR, RESPONSE, AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT - $42,000
Specialized flotation pontoons made for large whales
Custom Canvas stretchers to support animals during transport
Heavy load tow straps
Mustang surface suits for on water operations
Personal flotation devices
Helmets for disentanglement operations
Fast boat safety training
First aid and CPR training