Teachers or others interested in making their own branch of the Museums of Endangered Ocean Life, get in touch. We can help you find ways of helping kids create their own works of art and science that get posted in the museum, worldwide!

More importantly, we can help kids find ways to truly make a difference, no matter where they live. There is always something to do to make the world a better place, a healthier place, and more fun too. Fred can help put smiles on faces - faces of happier kids with new purpose in a new year!

Become a FRIEND OF FRED and help spread the word about those who help endangered species. Invite Fred to your school. He will bring lots of good information and connect you with others.

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Facing Future Explained

EXTINCT means gone, pau, from all places. Example, the O'o is extinct from its former forests in Hawaii. They no longer exist.

EXTIRPATEDmeans gone from a given area. Example, Grizzly Bears were extirpated from California about 1925. They still exist.

ENDANGERED means that a species is nearing extinction unless actions are taken immediately to save them. It is usually a legal term associated with the Endangered Species Act, but because this is a political tool, it does not always reflect accurate science. Example: the Hawaiian Monk Seal is endangered and will likely become extinct.

THREATENED means that a species is likely to near extinction and become endangered unless actions are taken to protect it and its habitat. Example: Bald Eagles were threatened but have been removed from this list due to habitat protection and reductions in use of chemicals such as DDT.

SPECIES OF CONCERN: Many states have lists that include species not covered under federal protection as endangered or threatened. These may be species extirpated from the state, but present in greater numbers in neighboring areas.

Unfortunately, no reasonable approach has been worked out to list endangered habitats, the primary living space for all life forms. To many scientists, the entire Arctic is now endangered. Imagine, as Richard Ellis says, "If Australia were suddenly to disappear, don't you think we would wake up and do something?" Well, we are losing an area about the size and importance of Australia as the Arctic disappears, transforming due to climate change and taking with it the Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales, and Peoples dependent on that vast ecosystem.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



They wash up on the beach here at Marrowstone
I pick them up, intercepting them
on a journey it seems, to Pihemanu.
They stare at me all winter
Now that spring is here
I saw them as faces
as little lights in the sea.

Last summer out on Pihemanu
I picked them up too,
sometimes plucking them free from a tangle
squid beaks and flying fish eggs, bottle caps and

Beach Found Objects. Marrowstone Point. 2010.
Ron Hirschi
Thanks to Matt Hall,
Skookum Recycling for Inspiration

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Beach Debris Mask
Susan Scott, Honolulu writer and artist.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Sundays are always good for making art. These masks have a base from aquaculture (Penn Cove Mussell Discs that wash up on Marrowstone Island in good numbers); Bottle Caps; Toys (Yes, the hand grenade is a plastic toy); and a big oyster culture mesh bag. Note: The big nose on the whiskered mask is a toy golf club handle and the white marks on its face are scars from barnacles, indicating the disc had been adrift for at least one year.

All materials recycled objects and all the the plastic coated wire hair and whiskers were picked up on January and February beach cleanups on Marrowstone Island.        Art by Fred. 2010.

Created for WSU Beach Watcher Workshop, 8 March 2010. Marrowstone Island, Washington.  

Friday, February 19, 2010


Like Cheetahs, Lions, and Orcas,
Cougars are major predators
and they are America's symbol of wild places and healthy watersheds.
This beautiful portrayal of the cougar and its mountain world is from
a Big Book created by students of Wilson School
in Wilson, Wyoming.
The book takes us on a journey from headwaters in the Rockies,
through deep canyons in Idaho,
to where the Snake meets the Columbia and flows on to the Pacific Ocean.

Each page unfolds in this magnificent accordion book to reveal
child art and writing that explore history, culture, and ecology
of the entire watershed.
Like any great piece of art, you have to see the book in person
to appreciate its special beauty - but even this small view does
let you look into the eyes of one of its most important pieces,
the cougar staring out from a mountain so connected
to all the rest of the world up and downstream.

Eagle, deer, beaver, people --- all are connected to the cougar
and so,
if we take care of each of their needs,
we can hope for a healthier world, from mountain to the sea. 

Thanks to the students, staff, and parents at Wilson School. 

Sunday, February 7, 2010


Yip!!! It's Me, Fred!

This serious but way fun stuff here........
Good Good Friend, Sue teach ART!

Here's some art people with her down in Ohio!

They start making Endangered Species Trading Cards!

You know, Art Save Life. Animal need help, like
polar bear, albatross, big buddy whales, little buddy pika,
grizzly and salmon too.

Think Fred gonna learn lot about Ohio Endangered
from kids making cards.

You want cards, make em too! 

All added to Museum and raise money for good people
helping animal.

Aloha nui Sue!!! And all kids and helper teacher too! 

Thursday, January 14, 2010


We all send our thoughts, prayers, and funds to help the people in Haiti following this week's earthquake. But longterm help has been needed for this impoverished country for quite some time. It is the most deforested country in the west and that loss of forest has led to major problems for water quality and quantity as well as for habitat needs of many species.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists several species of amphibians, several birds, and at least four mammals as in danger of extinction --- this, before the earthquake. As an island, Haiti, its people, and its natural environment faces unique problems. As in the Hawaiian Islands, species needs are often the result of isolation and all efforts are needed to protect native plants that, in turn, support native wildlife.

It is always good to support the efforts of organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund. But right now, Haiti is in need of help to foster the kind of sustained future supported by groups such as WORKING TOGETHER FOR HAITI. Visit their website at to learn more of what they have been doing and what they are doing right now to help the people and the land.

Malama i ke Haiti      Protect Haiti  

Friday, January 8, 2010


Birds soar. The ancient whispers of Papahanaumokuakea speak.
All around you, the scents and sounds of Pihemanu beg for attention.

For those of us honored to be with Terry Leianuenue Reveira
on Pihemanu
it is clear that her vision of this special place
borrows from past, present, and future.
She taught us much about how this place figures in all creation.
She shared connections between our relatives here on earth and ocean.

This is a close view of a portion of one of Terry's Kapa prints
created for Papahanuamokuakea. They will hang in the visitor center there.
Terry weaves story as lovingly as she creates these kapa cloths.
She is always a supporter of caring for ocean and land and
encourages place based activities
to link science with culture,
teaching us to understand more deeply,
the richness of Hawaiian ways.

Terry comes from a family of paniolo and fishermen
and is an advisor at the UH in Hilo in
the teacher education program.

Read her own words
about her stay on Papahanaumokuakea

Malama i ke kai ame ka aina
Protect the ocean and earth

Help the albatrosses and Papahanaumokuakea
in as many ways as you can.
Mahalo nui

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Good news was reported this week by NOAA and others. Candi Emmons of NOAA Fisheries photographed a new born baby orca with its mother on January 3.

The baby, J47, was seen with its mother, J35 in Puget Sound. This raises the total population of the endangered southern resident Jpod to 88, up from the serious declines in past years.

J35 is a young mother, having been born in 1998. Scientists will monitor the well being of the newborn and its mother and anxious whale watchers will too. The Orca Network has been posting photos by Ms Emmons and others. Please visit the network to learn more about the new baby and to learn ways of watching whales while not disturbing their ways. It is illegal to approach at close range and yet the increase in shipping traffic in Puget Sound often drowns out the voices of the whales as they move around inland waterways.

Stay tuned for more information about the newboard orca and how you can help protect ocean waters and the food needs of whales, no matter how far you live from the sea.