Check out the latest news from DCP, including field reports filed by our researchers busy doing science at one of our many research sites.

Bimini 2021 Ecotour!

11 - 16 July 2021 Our research & education efforts on Bimini were effectively paused on Bimini in 2020. But, we are hopeful travel will be safe in summer 2021 - so we hope you'll join us on an ecotour! A DCP-led ecotour ensures we can collect valuable data on wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. Participants are able to assist as much or as little as they'd like all while experiencing these amazing creatures, the beautiful waters and the character-filled, off-the-beaten-path island of Bimini. Click here to learn more and email info[at]dcpmail[dot]org to reserve your spot!

Special US Tax Break

Donate now to utilize the 2020 one-time $300 charitable donation deduction authorized by the CARES Act (talk to your tax professional for details). Click here to make a one-time or monthly donation and help DCP continue our research and education efforts. Thank you!

Pausing Pay It Forward

Thank you everyone who participated in our "Pay It Forward" Adopt-A-Wild-Dolphin campaign! We hope everyone enjoyed their adoption "e-kits." After 5 months of donated e-kits, we're pausing this program to focus on our fall webinar lineup. Your financial support ensures webinars stay free. Be sure to tune in this Thursday, 10 September at 1 p.m. EDT, for a Deep Dive reboot: Drs. Bernd & Melany Wuersig discuss mentorship (Zoom link: Want to sneak in a qualifying purchase and select a recipient to receive a free Adopt-A-Wild-Dolphin "ekit?" Spend at least $15 on any of the items listed below - but get your order in by Wednesday 9 September! For every $15 spent on any items below, you can select one…

Congrats, Dr. Nicole!

Earlier today, our PhD student, Nicole Danaher-Garcia successfully defended her dissertation! Using data from 2003 – 2018, Nicole successfully painted a picture of the social bonds among Atlantic spotted dolphins off Bimini. DCP could not be more proud – our face muscles are sore from smiling! Congratulations to Dr. Danaher-Garcia and thank you to her entire UMass Dartmouth committee. Curious about Nicole’s project? Click here for the recording in which Nicole discusses Chapter 2, which has already been published, in a DCP webinar from the spring. And, stay tuned for more chapters in an upcoming webinar. Congrats again, Dr. Danaher-Garcia! We just can’t say it enough!

Webinars Return September 2020!

Guess what?! DCP Webinars will be back with brand new content in September! Woo-who! Dolphin Lessons will be scheduled most 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month, at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Deep Dives will be most 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month, also at 1:00 p.m. ET. Remember, Dolphin Lessons are geared toward elementary ages and Deep Dives are for 14+, but everyone is welcome! Stay tuned for the exact schedule and topics. And, catch up on previously recorded programs on our YouTube channel. 
An International Master in Large Marine Vertebrates Sciences!
20 Aug 2020

An International Master in Large Marine Vertebrates Sciences!

A new international Master Program on Large Marine Vertebrates is now open from the University of Bologna. You can find a short description of the program below and the link to the webpage, where you can find more details. DCP’s Kathleen Dudzinski is one of the instructors who will focus on behavior and lead the field course portion of the program (see below).   This first level Master in Large Marine Vertebrate Sciences is an International program, held in English, specifically designed to give professionals and young graduates theoretical knowledge on a large variety of aspects of large marine vertebrate management and conservation, starting from the basics (physiology, biology, anatomy, etc.) and including more specific topics, like welfare, diseases and…

Word Jumble: Dolphin Species (Round 1)

New Kids Science Activity Alert! Click here to download our latest KSA - a jumble activity focused on dolphin species. A big thank you to remote volunteer Olivia for her design and remote intern Raina for the artwork.  Interested in more free activities? Just head to our Kids Science Activities page by clicking here or navigating the Education tab above. 
DCP's 20th Anniversary!!
29 Jun 2020

DCP's 20th Anniversary!!

The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) is 20 years old! John Anderson, Director of Terramar Productions and long-time collaborator and supporter of DCP, created (filmed, edited, produced) a celebratory film for DCP's 20th anniversary! Grab a beverage and some popcorn and join Kathleen, Kel, and our team of supporters, collaborators, and students as we remember the "early days" and share how we began, where we've been, and what we envision for the future! Thank you to everyone who has made the past 20 years possible! And, stay tuned for the next 20 years!

Bimini 2020 Research Season – Sort Of

By late June, I would have hoped for close to 30 days on the water, searching for the Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins off Bimini. Nicole and I would have led two field courses, an ecotour and interacted with other tourists, all eager to experience the dolphins while DCP collected data. But. Well. COVID-19. As you may have seen, DCP did our best to regroup and retool – our shirts and Hoo-rags are available online, our two webinar series are available on YouTube, our Kids Science Activities are now available as free downloads, our interns are doing data analysis remotely and we have two new remote volunteers/interns. We’ve been social distancing, but we haven’t stopped our mission! And, in Bimini,…

Adoption Kit Shipping Delays

**Adopt-A-Wild-Dolphin PRINT kits received between now and 5 July will be processed and shipped ~7 July. Print kits ordered during this time will be provided with a digital adoption certificate before the kit is shipped. We apologize for any inconvenience, but appreciate your support. Electronic adoption kits ("e-kits") will continue to be filled during this time.**

Recorded & Upcoming Webinars

Thank you to everyone who has been participating in our new webinar series, Dolphin Lessons and DCP Dives Deep into…Kathleen and Kel have enjoyed leading programs, but we also owe a big thank you to our guest presenters, Daisy Kaplan, PhD, Alexis Levengood, PhD, Annette Dempsey, Heather Hill, PhD, Teri Bolton, Nicole Danaher-Garcia, Justin Gregg, PhD…and the list is going to continue to grow! We’ve really enjoyed the live Q&A portion of these webinars, but we’re also thrilled to have each program recorded. Check out our webinars page (under the Education tab) or visit Dolphin Communication Project on YouTube. Remember to subscribe! Our upcoming webinar schedule in posted under the Education tab, via our email newsletter and on our Facebook…

Buy One, Give One

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who supported DCP & shared the dolphin joy through our "Pay It Forward" campaign. We paused this program on 9 September 2020 so we can focus on our fall webinar series. Your support ensure these webinars happen and are free for everyone! Thanks again! ------------------------------- Want to say thank you to an essential worker? Send a pick-me-up to someone feeling down? For every $15* you spend supporting DCP, we'll send an Adopt-A-Wild-Dolphin "e-kit" to someone of your choosing! Sound cool? Keep reading for more details: As many of you know, 2020 is the 20-year anniversary for DCP. During these difficult times, there are many things for which we are grateful, and we wouldn’t have reached…

DCP Dives Deep into....Communication!

Free Webinar! Thursday 9 April 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT  Meeting link: Brief Overview: Our name includes the topic! So, it makes sense that our first Dives Deep topic is on .... Dolphin Communication! This program is geared toward high school students and above, but all are welcome. To get the most out of this presentation, check out these resources beforehand: Listen to the communication segment of our podcast, The Dolphin Pod, episode 10. (  Read about DCP's data collection gadget, Kathleen's "mobile/video acoustic array" ( Both of these resources are available at no cost to you. Listen and read up, then bring your questions to a live presentation + Q&A session with DCP Director, Kathleen Dudzinski, PhD. New to DCP?…

Kids Science Activities

Our new webpage is live: Kids Science Activities. Found under the Education tab, this page is your source for free, downloadable, STEAM activities. Created with elementary students in mind, activities can be adjusted for younger or older students. Of course, everything is for the young at heart!

1st Webinar: Who is DCP?

New to DCP? Curious about who we are and what we do? Be like this bottlenose dolphin and backflip yourself to our first Zoom meeting for an introduction and short Q&A session. Ideal for 13+, but all ages welcome. 15 minutes presentation + 15 minutes for Q&A Thursday, April 2, 11:00 a.m. ET

Contact Us

Write to us via snail-mail at:

Dolphin Communication Project
P.O. Box 7485
Port St. Lucie, FL, 34985

Email us:

info {at} dcpmail {dot} org


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