The month comes to a close with the Great Whale Count on Saturday, Feb. 25, an event that enlists visitors and residents to volunteer as whale counters. Sign up and you'll get to work at an official counting site along Maui's south and west shores, where most of the island's whales are found. Each station is staffed by a Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) researcher or staff person, who will provide all of the training you need and teach you about whale research techniques.
The count takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; volunteers are asked to arrive a half-hour early. There's no cost to participate.
To volunteer, contact Michelle Viengkone at firstname.lastname@example.org. She'll need your name, daytime or cell phone number, the number of people in your group, their ages and where you will be staying on Maui, so that the research team can assign you to the most convenient counting location. PWF's research team will contact you with information about your assignment.