Marine Life Studies Announces Exciting Donation Matching Program - "Birdies for Charity" - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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Donations to fund marine life research and children’s education programs in Monterey County.

Birdies for Charity - AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

Through our educational programs and the on-the-water experiences we provide, children learn the value of becoming stewards of the oceans, animals and the environment entrusted to us all.

Peggy Stap, Founder and Executive Director of Marine Life Studies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children and the public about the oceans and marine wildlife, announces an exciting donation matching program, “Birdies for Charity”.

“Birdies for Charity” is a fundraising program developed by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation which hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Since its inception, 18 PGA TOUR tournaments have collectively generated over $50 million in contributions. Monterey Peninsula Foundation first offered “Birdies for Charity” in 2008 and has raised over $420,000 for 120 local and regional charities. All pledges are tax deductible.

Peggy Stap explains, “We love this event and find we have a real relationship with golfers who appreciate the beauty of golf courses, especially links courses by the sea, and who love the ocean, whales, dolphins and marine life. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is on the shores of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We cannot deny the connection we have with whales, dolphins and other marine life which swim right off the shore of the golf courses!”

People can make every stroke count as they donate to Marine Life Studies – "Birdies for Charity" will provide a 20% match of all donations. Marine Life Studies "Birdies for Charity"

Peggy adds, “We are very proud of our educational programs. Unfortunately, many children never get to see the ocean or learn about marine mammals. Through our educational programs and the on-the-water experiences we provide, children learn the value of becoming stewards of the oceans, animals and the environment entrusted to us all. These programs are made possible by donations, and we thank you and "Birdies for Charity.”

About MLS Research Mission
The overall research mission of Marine Life Studies is to study the foraging strategies of transient and offshore killer whales as well as investigate the abundance, distribution, movement and frequency of occurrence of other whale and dolphin species in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

These activities take place under the General Authorization for Scientific Research, a permit issued by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service.

Good research is a collaborative process. Marine Life Studies is committed to sharing data with other researchers. Research results and data is disseminated in formal research reports. Whenever possible, we also stand ready to assist other researchers in conducting their research by making platforms available, providing information leads on cetacean activities, etc. as well as sharing our data with students.

About MLS Educational Programs
Marine Life Studies presents educational programs to children in schools, camps, and special events. Marine Life Studies Educational Programs and activities include the environmental and health hazards of marine debris, water and shore cleanups, marine wildlife entanglement, marine life research, photo ID and data collection, GPS positioning, and study and observation of marine wildlife in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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