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Stories from the IWDG and its members

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The IWDG invite you to Whale Tales,  the annual meeting of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, where members and people interested in whales, dolphins and porpoises in Ireland are invited to join us in our shared appreciation and admiration of these charismatic animals.

*** This is an opportunity for our members to highlight issues that they feel the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group should look to address in the new 3-year plan 2022-2024 ***

This year, we will meet in person and we will stream the event for those who can not travel.

While this is a free event, there is an option to donate here to help support the work of the group.


10:00 Welcome to Whale Tales 2021

Welcome to the IWDG Whale Tales meeting with CEO, Simon Berrow.

10:15 - 11:30 Session 1: Review of the Year

> Stranding's Officer, Stephanie Levesque reflects on strandings for the year

> Sighting's Officer, Pádraig Whooley will look back over interesting sightings over the year and the stories and people behind them

> Whale Track update with Pádraig Whooley

11:30-12:00 (COFFEE BREAK)


12:00 - 13:00 Session 2: Celtic Mist and summer surveys

>Celtic Mist news and 2021 summer survey stories with skippers Fiacc O'Brolcháin and Mick O'Meara

>Mags Daly, Shannon Dolphin Project manager on Bottlenose Dolphins in Brandon 

13:00-14:00 LUNCH


14:00 - 15:00 Session 3: Looking back at 30 years of Biological recording

>Where it began with Don Cotton

>Milling through the milestones

>How have the recording schemes informed conservation and welfare

>How can we use this research to develop meaningful MPA's

>Stories of other functioning MPAs

Note: This session will invite input from experienced contributors in this field who have been involved in the group for many years.


15:00-15:15 (COFFEE BREAK)


15:15 - 16:00 Session 4: News from all corners

>How are we doing? with Trea Heapes, Group Co-ordinator

>Reaching out with Sibéal Regan, Education & Outreach Officer

>Looking ahead with our Local Groups 


16:15 AGM: open to all current IWDG members. 

>Presentation of Accounts and Nominations to the Board


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