Many of our listeners are likely aware that this past Saturday was International Save the Vaquita Day, and we spent a lot of time putting together a very special city-wide event here in Boise, ID where I reside. Our partners for this event included the Mexican Consulate Office here in Boise, the Discovery Center of Idaho, JUMP Boise, the Aquarium of Boise, and local Mexican restaurant El Gallo Giro. We held screenings of our film, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, gave presentations about the vaquita, and held a vaquita march.
The vaquita march was perhaps the highest profile component of this city-wide International Save the Vaquita Day event – we had 22 hand painted and creatively designed vaquita banners to represent the approximate number of vaquitas remaining on the planet. We met at the Idaho State capital building, and marched down 8th street in downtown Boise. On Saturdays 8th street hosts the Boise farmer’s market and is open only the pedestrian traffic, so it was an ideal route for our march. We turned a lot of eyes as this strange procession of vaquita advocates marched through the crowded open air market, and hopefully got some people thinking about endangered species conservation.
Of course, we weren’t the only ones hosting events for International Save the Vaquita Day this year. There were events taking place across three continents, including several events in China and numerous events in Mexico. This was the 5th annual International Save the Vaquita day, and it was Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, who actually played a central role in the creation of this annual event back in 2013, which is why we’ve decided to re-broadcast the interview that we recorded with him over a year ago for episode 44 of the show.
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