01/03 - Initial planLunaLive began with a simple conversation.
The ANON had just arrived at dock in Roche Harbor, Washington (San Juan Island) following ANON's 2004 research season.
Independent researcher David Howitt and I were discussing ways to maintain a scientific vigil over Luna. The problem, of course, is the fact that Luna is living in such a remote area of British Columbia, Canada. No cities, houses, electricity, phones or even cell towers. Total isolation.
Neither of us were in a position to be able to drop everything and move to Nootka, beautiful as it is, and spend 6 months listening to a hydrophone.
Luckily, however, someone else was. Another independent researcher, Lisa Larsson, had decided to care-take for a fishing lodge that closes down for the winter.
The lodge wasn't particularly close to Luna's main winter territory, but it was within VHF radio range of it. So the three of us began talking with a number of NGOs (non-governmental agencies) to see if we could get some spare or unused hardware to cobble together a research station.
We discussed the idea with the NGOs, and got an old Macintosh Powerbook G3 from Ryan (who runs the website called ReuniteLuna), VHF radio equipment from OrcaLab, a hydrophone from The Whale Museum, a solar panel from David, and some gas money from The Center for Whale Research.