A Talk on the Wild Side.
In January, we told you about an 8-year-old who has been working to conserve the chambered nautilus for several years.
|Gretchen Googe with her donations for Save the Nautilus. Photos courtesy Courtney Googe|
Well, Gretchen Googe of Texas is at it again.
Mom Courtney Googe reports that for her ninth birthday earlier this month, Gretchen held a Nautilus Pot Luck and asked for donations to Save the Nautilus and Children's Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas instead of presents. So far, the donations have topped $300. Gretchen also gave a presentation to her party guests describing how she got involved in nautilus conservation and why it’s important to save them.
The chambered nautilus occurs in the oceans of the Indo-Pacific, including off American Samoa, and it is popular in international trade. We are worried that international trade may be impacting the species and are funding research to find out.
Take a look at the tablecloths for the Nautilus Pot Luck. Gretchen decorated them, and for anyone interested in coloring their own, she included hand-drawn coloring pages of cephalopods. Also note the jar for donations.
And how about the cool cookie-cakes?
Happy belated birthday, Gretchen, from all of us at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The conservation of the chambered nautilus is in good hands with advocates like you!