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Module 20: Profiles of Project Team A LEARNING TOOL ABOUT WHALES, INTERCONNECTED SPECIES & ORGANISMS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND HUMANITY - A CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY SENIOR SEMINAR COMMUNITY ACTION PROJECT

"The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves." Jane Goodall

Profiles of Project Team

We are adventurous hiking partners who love being in nature and enjoy spending time at the oceans. We are excited to bring to you this unique project concept to help educate, inspire and empower people to learn about whales, interconnected species, organisms, climate change and humanity. Our team members include:

Near Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada (credit: Maria Lisa Polegatto)

Maria Lisa Polegatto

Maria Lisa Polegatto is a Cape Breton University (CBU) Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Degree graduate (2019) from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, a continuing part time student while working full time as a Paralegal after graduating previously from the CBU Paralegal program and a Certified National Geographic Educator. She and her dog, Tilly, visit the ocean to spend time as citizen scientists to relax in the freedom of nature and bask in its miraculously beauty.

Inspiration for this project is a result of her:

  • growing up along the Mira River spending time canoeing and kayaking every evening at sunset or moonlight along the shoreline
  • spending time at the ocean hearing the roar of the ocean's waves
  • seeing a whale fall on a beach at Crooked Lake Road, Framboise, Nova Scotia, as a child
  • her Great Grandfather, Aime "Pepe" Boudreau, born in 1878, being a mackerel fisherman in Poulamon, Nova Scotia
  • a childhood dream of being a marine biologist so she writes about nature and animals and visits the ocean often with her dog as citizen scientists
  • spending time hiking in nature and at the oceans with her dog
  • volunteering for the Canadian Sea Turtle Beach Patrol program
  • volunteering for Marine Animal Response Society
  • her love of all species and nature
  • her love of researching and writing
  • enjoying a project she was a co-researcher of: Senior Dogs Are Pawsitively Good Citizens
  • her love of taking and sharing pictures for herĀ Website
  • she is a Certified National Geographic Educator

Tilly Maisy Whiskey Polegatto

Tilly Maisy Whiskey Polegatto is a 4 year Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd/Samoyed Husky/Cocker Spaniel/American Eskimo/Collie/Golden Retriever/Poodle mix who acts as a citizen scientist at the oceans in Nova Scotia, Canada, who has boundless energy, exceptional sniffing ability, and loves outside adventures. Tilly can be found leaping over seaweed mountains, testing the ocean temperatures year round and loves being a beach patroller for Canadian Sea Turtle Network (CSTN) and Marine Animal Response Society with Maria Lisa Polegatto.

Note: Dogs are not allowed around live marine mammals so Tilly has not approached any. Also, since marine mammals may have diseases that can affect dogs and humans, both need to stay back from marine mammals.

Tilly Maisy Whiskey Polegatto

Together we have found or visited around Cape Breton Island species, including:

  • An injured Piping Plover we took to the Vet for rescue
  • A Great Egret that blew off course in a wind storm
  • Bald Eagles (adult and eaglets)
  • Blue Herons
  • Seals (live and deceased)
  • Sunfish after storm (deceased)
  • Dolphin (deceased), Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
  • Blue Whale (deceased), Collington Beach, Nova Scotia
  • Whale tooth after buried whale fall near Fourchu, Nova Scotia
  • No cold stunned turtles! :)
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Maria Lisa Polegatto
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