The Mermaid Islands Corporation would like to introduce our newest Director, Amanda Jensen. We found her swimming off the coast of Santa Barbara and are thrilled to add her extensive underwater experience, humor and opinions to The Mermaid Islands Team. Jensen is a marine ecologist and genomics specialist. While obtaining her Masters Degree from University of California, Santa Cruz she worked in the Gulf of California to develop conservation efforts among artesenal fisheries. She also has a degree in Aquatic Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. Her favorite place in the world to be is underwater.
Mermaid Director Claudia Makeyev will give April presentations to strum up funds for our Alphabet Book Fundraiser:
April 17th, 2013 - Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club
April 23rd, 2013 - Rotary Club of Goleta
Mermaid Islands presents the
Mermaid Scientist YouTube Channel
2 little videos under 1 minute for your viewing pleasure:
Check out the Kinship Lens this month to see an article describing The Mermaid Islands first project in The East Indies. The Kinship Conservation Fellows is a ground-breaking environmental leadership program that emphasizes market based solutions to environmental problems.
Executive Director Claudia Makeyev gave a seminar on the Mermaid Islands Corporation to the wonderful scientists at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (NMFS) in Pacific Grove. Her old collegues, a salty group of peeps, also attended the seminar after their research cruise to the Berring Sea. We got our first 2013 Donation from fish scientist Jerry Norton.
These Peeps participated in an April Fools Prank back when Claudia was a scientist at NMFS and made a surprise appearance. Despite the years in a lab locker and one chilly, humid trek to the Bering Sea and back, they look as edible as ever.
Mermaid Islands Corp does not endorse the eating of peeps, old or fresh.
The Arroyo Grande Chapter hosted The Mermaid Islands Corporation as their guest of honor and speaker of the night. Everyone got to learn about the Coral Triangle and our most recent school project in Palawan.
Executive Director Claudia Makeyev will be heading up our operations stateside. It will be a nice change to be in the 1st world and plan the next Mermaid Islands Learning Lab from the cold yet cozy California coast. The next Mermaid Islands Learning Lab is scheduled for 2013.
Flying to and from the project site. Claudia & Lucy, the very well traveled dog.
The little bamboo school on Tending Island that The Mermaid Islands Corporation helped to jump start in 2011 has become an officially recognized school and will be supported by the Department of Education of the Philippines starting September of 2012!
Two teachers will be hired and supported for grades K and 1, helping Tagbanua kids of all ages continue on their path to literacy. It is a wonderful thing to pass the torch and we wish Tending Island School success and a long future. Thank you to our wonderful donors who made the first 2 years of Learning Labs possible.
Claudia Makeyev talked about the wonderful diversity of the Coral Triangle and proposes Coral Reef Ecology Learning Labs for rural schools in Palawan. Raising funds at the Pismo Beach 5 Cities Rotary Club at the Ventana Grill.
This philanthropic organization was started by UCSB professors wanting to make a difference in third world areas without light at night. The result was the invention of these hardy solar powered lights that are able to last in the humid rural tropics. We are distributing their Solar Powered Reading Lights in the Philippines.
The Mermaid Islands Corporation is Approved! We are now officially classified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contribution is tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. Donate Today, we have a lot of fun options.
Check out mermaidscientist.com for tales and scales from the field.
Fun fish facts and island stories direct to you from the tropical waters of Palawan. Mermaid Islands finds out how these purple parrotfish make the beautiful sought after tropical white sands we all love. Enjoy!
Mermaid Islands is Partaking in SciFund Challenge Round #2, the largest Science Crowdfunding project on the internet, has launched its second round at http://scifund.rockethub.com. The goal behind #SciFund is to give scientists an incentive to get out there and begin to couple outreach to the earliest stages of their research programs. Participants create videos about their research, and encourage them to create rewards for donations that involve the general public with their work on into the future.
We wanted to share this with all of you coral reef enthusiasts and scholars because I found this to be an interesting new way for student and professional scientist to engage the public, get the word out on their fantastic research, and even fund parts of their project. (And one of the projects is ours). Click below.
Mermaid Islands is posting fun photos, articles and links to fun ocean critters, research and coral reef conservation, and we are gaining fans every day for all over the globe. Check it out and
The Pismo Beach and 5 Cities Rotary Club is offering their support to The Mermaid Islands Corporation. Representatives including President-Elect Gary Bayus will be stopping by for a site visit on their way to the Annual Rotary Internationsl meeting in Thailand. Thank you for choosing us as one of your charitieis this year and see you soon!
Mermaid Islands Corp Director, Claudia Makeyev in back in the Philippine Islands, migrating between Manila and the Base Station in Busuanga, Palawan to coordinate the 2012 education and book distribution program and associated coral reef conservation.
We are accepting online donations via PayPal! Click the Donate Page and test it out. Your online gift provides the essential funding for coral reef conservation and education. Sign up for the Annual Mermaid Newsletter
Members of the local community came together to celebrate the end of the school year and hand out awards to the Tabanua students. Congratulations to the hardworking teachers and Saragpunta representatives who made this possible.
Learning to read and write is hard work and our students have accomplished a lot since June. 6 of our smart students passed the equivalency exam and will be attending the big kid school in Coron. Congratulations and good luck, we are proud of you!
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The Mermaid Islands was asked to answer a few questions about our ocean
enthusiasm. Click above to watch the short and silly YouTube video to hear our answers.
Most of our students WERE undocumented and now they have birth certificates! This is an important piece of paperwork if you want to enroll in highschool or college in the future. We are learning how to read and write and setting the groundwork for an easy transition to higher learning.
Mermaid Islands expected 22 students for orientation. 67 students showed up! Everyone was invited to stay and learn to read and write. Due to a finite amount of resources, we will adjust to a 3 day school week instead of 6 days.
Abov: Students Get Paper Fish Name tags at orientation
The Mermaid Islands Corporation and The Saragpunta prepare school packets for each Tending Island students firt day of school. Notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and organizers for all the kids.
Above: MIC Director Claudia Makeyev, Saragpunta Representative Josepha Garcia
and Tending Island Teacher Miss Grace.
In 2010, Marine Biologist Claudia Makeyev befriended kids in the rural islands of the Philippines. She found that they could not read and did not know that coral was alive, a fundamental creature, imporant to their island ecosystem and food security.
Wanting to help, she created The Mermaid Islands Corporation, a nonprofit to sponsor a learning labs in the isolated islands of the South East Pacific. Through this effort we are able to teach local kids to read and write and learn about coral reef ecology. It has been a wonderful adventure so far!