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  • WFF T-Shirts Designed by Andrea Dingeldein
    Support the Western Flyer Foundation with a donation of $35 (or more) and receive a t-shirt with original artwork by Andrea Dingeldein. You can find more of Andrea’s work at the
  • Western Flyer Restoration, Episode 35
    Building new hatches and skylight. Episode 35 from a series following the restoration of the Western Flyer. In this episode, we look at all the new work done over the last month— lots of paint, plus plywood bulkheads and new deck hatches.
  • How Resilient is the Gulf of California?
    “The very air here is miraculous, and outlines of reality change with the moment.” ~John Steinbeck and Edward F. Ricketts, Sea of Cortez (1941) Although we may still think of the Gulf of California as the “World’s Aquarium,” it was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger in July 2019. A  considerable amount of research there in the last 20 years has revealed some concerning changes. For example, after the strong El Niño of 2009-10, Humboldt squid in the Gulf started to reproduce at an unusually small size and young age (0.1 kg and 6 months) compared to […]
  • WFF Update on Baja – A Mexican Perspective
    Notes from  Baja California Sur What would John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts find if they were able to return to the Sea of Cortés* today? What is the same and what has changed? Their expedition in 1940 took them to a place little known by science. They collected and took creatures from this place but they also left something of great value. Steinbeck was interested in going to Mexico to find inspiration for his stories. He particularly wanted to go to La Paz. Rickets on the other hand was keen to explore and study the tide pools of the region. […]
  • Join the WFF Intertidal Zone Bioblitz
    In 1940, writer John Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts chartered a purse seiner, the Western Flyer, for a 6-week expedition to the Sea of Cortez. They captured and catalogued marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) at 21 different sites along their route. In 1941, the two friends published the book, Sea of Cortez, a narrative account of their journey and a “phyletic catalogue” of all the species they found. The catalogue includes 484 species of marine invertebrates! This summer, the Western Flyer Foundation invites you to take an expedition to your local coastline to catalogue and identify as many marine […]