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Poster and pocket guide showcasing monterey bay marine sanctuary animal migrations and seasons by artist Doug Ross.

Hi, we are Crystal, Doug, Bryan and Dan. We all live in Santa Cruz and love living so close to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. 

We are looking to design, print and distribute a Seasons in the Sanctuary visual interpretive guide showcasing migrating species that come through the monterey bay. We hope you'll help us make it happen. Watch our video or read on to learn more.

Every summer more than 3 million visitors come to Santa Cruz, and in fall thousands of UCSC students migrate back to town. 

The Sanctuary has seasons too. Located on a migration pathway for many species, it is sometimes called the "Serengeti of the Sea" because of the great overwater and underwater safari that is taking place, much of it invisible to us. Humpback whales, dolphins, seals, grey whales, killer whales, sea lions and sea otters, many species of seabirds, even leatherback turtles migrate through.

Doug is a marine mammal rescue volunteer who also happens to be an accomplished designer and artist.

Boneless by Doug Ross. Click here to see more of Doug's art.
Boneless by Doug Ross. Click here to see more of Doug's art.

Doug’s been working on a draft design, and what he has so far is awesome. The idea is to design both a classroom poster and pocket guide to see who’s swimming or flying or through the Sanctuary any month of the year. Doug is working with a few local marine scientists to ensure accuracy, and expects the final designs will be ready in the next month or two. 

We're running this kickstarter campaign because we need help with production costs. Our goal:

Design, print and distribute 200+ posters to classrooms and 6,000+ handouts to students throughout Central California. Here’s where Dan comes in: as Executive Director of the O’Neill Sea Odyssey, a very cool non-profit which teaches 4th - 6th grade students hands-on science using the ocean as a classroom, Dan will be responsible for classroom distribution. O’Neill Sea Odyssey takes 6,000 students a year out on a catamaran in the Bay and teaches them hands-on science, and their program is free. This poster will be a great curriculum tool for students and classrooms to take home with them.

Print and install a large poster in a kiosk on the Santa Cruz Wharf. More than 3 million visitors come to Santa Cruz. Many of them check out the Wharf. We’d love for this to be one of the things they bump into while strolling around – it’ll be a great window into what’s happening beneath the ocean surface.

Design and print a pocket guide. This will be something that both residents and visitors will be able to carry around, (because it’s hard to pull a full-sized poster out while you’re on the beach).

For our  $100+ backers, we’ll be printing limited edition giclee posters on acid free paper. This will be an awesome wall piece and not available anywhere else.

Our goal is to raise $4,000, which will allow us to do all of the above. If we don’t reach our goal we will not receive any funding and we’ll be sad. If we exceed our goal we’ll put the additional funds into further distribution. What does that look like? Well, one possibility that would be cool is making a website optimized for mobile phones, another possibility is printing another year’s worth of classrooms posters. You get the idea.

If you like this project we hope you’ll join us. It’s a pretty quick thing to donate, and we’re taking donations from $1 up – whatever amount feels right to you. We’d also be forever grateful if you tell your friends about it.

Oh and if you’re wondering where Bryan and Crystal come into this story, Bryan is Bryan Colemen, the talented cameraman who gave a few days of his time to this project to shoot and edit our video. Crystal is Crystal Birns, and she has been helping to nudge this project forward. She's a huge fan of O'Neill Sea Odyssey and loves Doug's art.

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    FISH FRIEND: Every little bit helps! Your name will be included in the thank you ad to be published in a local paper. We will give you a heads-up when the ad is published.

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    PELICAN: We'll send you a signed thank you card featuring Doug's art. Your name will also be included in the thank you ad, to be published in a local paper. We will give you a heads-up when the ad is published.

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    SEA LION: You get a poster! A full-color 24" x 36" poster - which is the size that we'll be printing for classroom use. We'll also send you a personal thanks, and your name will be included in the thank you ad to be published in a local paper. We will give you a heads-up when the ad is published.

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    ELEPHANT SEAL: You get a limited edition signed, acid-free giclee print. This will be a beautiful collectible wall piece. We're thinking this will be 12" x 18", but it may be a bit bigger. Once the final design is complete we'll try a few sizes to determine what size best showcases the design. We'll also send you a personal thanks, and your name will be included in the thank you ad to be published in a local paper. We will give you a heads-up when the ad is published.

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    GREY WHALE: At this level, we will contact you to see if you'd prefer to receive one professionally framed limited edition signed, acid-free giclee print, or five prints, unframed. That's right, we know the holidays are coming, and these will make great gifts. We're thinking this will be 12" x 18", but it may be a bit bigger. Once the final design is complete we'll try a few sizes to determine what size best showcases the design. In addition, we'll send you a personal thank you, and your name will be included in the thank you ad to be published in a local paper. We will give you a heads-up when the ad is published.

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