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People’s Choice!

Still shaking my head at my site having won the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada’s “2018 People’s Choice Award for Best Canadian Website“. It is a People’s Choice Award so the winning is because of YOU.

Please see below from my interview with Trish Weatherall for the North Island Eagle where I try to express what the award means. Below that interview, I have included a listing of the other sites nominated for the award. Included are their social media links to make it easier to follow these great science resources.

Thank you so much for your support and belief in “The Marine Detective”.


Marine Detective wins People’s Choice
for Canadian science web site

By Trish Weatherall  – North Island Eagle 

The Marine Detective has gone national! In October, Port McNeill’s Jackie Hildering received the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) 2018 People’s Choice award for favourite Canadian science web site, for her site themarinedetective.com.

Article as it appeared in the North Island Eagle. Click to enlarge.

Her reaction to winning the award is, “Stunned euphoria and a great depth of gratitude. I still feel like I have not come close to processing it. The other websites nominated for the award are of such a high calibre and most represent organizations (and even funded ones!) rather than an individual compelled to do this work.” 

The Marine Detective was up against 9 other popular Canadian science web sites: Earth Rangers; Hey Science – Science Sam; Inside the Perimeter; Quebec Science; Research2Reality; Science Alive; Science for the People; The Weather Network – Out of this World; and Tomatosphere – Let’s Talk Science. [Please see links for these sites below.]

Canadians voted online for their favourite site for two weeks beginning Sept. 24. Hildering received an email on Oct. 10 from the SWCC that said, “I’m pleased to tell you that your site blew it out of the water and The Marine Detective is the Winner of SWCC’s 2018 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Canadian Science Site! Your followers and, I suspect, new fans gave your site more than enough love to win. Congratulations!”

Hildering, who is also a whale researcher, marine educator, diver, photographer and co-founder of the Marine Education and Research Society (MERS), created the Marine Detective web site in 2010 with a goal of educating the public about life in the Pacific-North ocean through her underwater photography.

“Awards like this, give some sort of measure to what I try to do,” said Hildering. “It lends credibility and recognition and has amplified the reach of what I am trying to achieve as The Marine Detective. But, much more importantly, it has made so clear that there is a large community that believes in the importance of this work. I feel so supported, affirmed, motivated and grateful. To know that people cared enough and believed in the work as they did, this is like jet fuel for me to keep at it. I feel like I have been lifted up by those who voted and moved forward to continue the work.”

The Marine Detective web site uses the tagline ‘Join me in the cold, dark, life-sustaining NE Pacific Ocean to discover the great beauty, mystery and fragility hidden there’, and includes a blog, her ocean life photos, and the ability to order her prints on canvas, her WILD calendar, and her Find the Fish children’s book.

“I want what I capture in photography to lead to greater interest and connection to the North-East Pacific Ocean and greater conservation actions for the sake of the well-being of future generations,” she said. “There is such a bias toward warmer waters having more life in them and this is highly problematic in too many of us not understanding that it is these dark plankton-rich waters that can sustain giants like the world’s biggest sea star, barnacle, sea lion, whales, etc.”

Hildering is striving to bring this understanding to more Canadians through as many venues as possible. In addition to the web site, she has a Facebook page (with the popular Find the Fish photo on Fridays), holds public information sessions throughout coastal BC, and has been featured on Animal Planet’s Wild Obsession series, and two BBC documentaries.

In early October, she was filmed locally for a PBS documentary on whale evolution.

“An important part of the documentary will be our area and speaking for how we humans can evolve further in our attitudes and actions towards whales and the ecosystems for which they are indicators.”

She is planning on writing more children’s books and a book for adults that will focus on what she has learned in the North Island area and how easy it is to create positive change when fear is replaced by knowledge and when our value systems change.

She has also recently applied for the Sony Alpha Female program for a chance to be one of five women to receive mentorship, training and support through a $25,000 grant and $5,000 in camera equipment.

“I want what I learn and experience in our remarkable area to count for more,” she said. “I want the words and photos to go further to create more socio-environmental good and counter eco-phobia and eco-paralysis where people are overwhelmed thinking that the problems of the world are disparate rather than knowing there are common solutions and that it is about gain in quality of life rather than loss.”


Social media links for the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada
“The Science Writers and Communicators of Canada foster quality science communication, linking science & technology communicators from coast to coast.”


Runners up for the People’s Choice Award:

  • Research2Reality: “Research2Reality is a groundbreaking initiative that shines a spotlight on Canadian scientists who are engaged in innovative and leading edge research.”

Other Canadian science sites that were nominated: 

  • Earth Rangers: ” Earth Rangers is the kids conservation organization! Our programs inspire over 100 thousand members to learn about the environment and help protect animals.”

 

19 Responses to “People’s Choice!”

  1. abby

    Heartiest congratulations, Jackie! Abby Schwarz

    On Sun, 28 Oct 2018 at 21:44, The Marine Detective wrote:

    > The Marine Detective posted: “Still shaking my head at my site having won > the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada’s “2018 People’s Choice > Award for Best Canadian Website”. It is a People’s Choice Award so the > winning is because of YOU. Please see below from my interview wit” >

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  2. Beth Stewart

    While you say the award happened because of all of us out here supporting it, I would add that your site won it because of the outstanding way that YOU continue to present your knowledge!

    I join in congratulating you on it all. Who knows where this recognition will lead in the future….. It is just wonderful – and well deserved, Marine Detective. Like others, I am excited and delighted that you have received the 2018 People’s Choice Award for Best Canadian Website.

    Well done, I am so glad for you and your website!

    Continued success.

    Beth

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  3. lizardmarsh

    Yay! Bravo! Congratulations, Jackie!!!

    On Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 9:44 PM The Marine Detective wrote:

    > The Marine Detective posted: “Still shaking my head at my site having won > the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada’s “2018 People’s Choice > Award for Best Canadian Website”. It is a People’s Choice Award so the > winning is because of YOU. Please see below from my interview wit” >

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  4. Liz Ciocea

    Hello Jackie, a well deserved honour. There is no one who cares more about our Marine Mammals than Jackie Hildering!!! The best part of all this is you share your passion and knowledge with all of us. Going under the sea and recording what you see of this amazing environment and its inhabitants. Your photography is spectacular and the pictures speak for those who do not have a voice. Many thanks to you and enjoy your award you have earned it.

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  5. victoriagazeley

    They clearly know the level of impact your passion, wisdom and technical knowledge has on so many, particularly through the unique way that you share it. You’re inspiring the scientist in all of us – I know that my son (now 15) met you in Telegraph Cove with the Vancouver Aquarium folks when he was 5 and it was one of the highlights of his life so far (he remembers it vividly). I share your posts with him and I can see he’s inspired every single time (even to the point of recently expressing an interest in learning how to dive). All that to say, thank you for all that you do… it’s making a difference.

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  6. marnie.crowe@yahoo.com

    congratulations. I would have been surprised if you hadn’t won

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  7. Shelly L Broeckx

    You are so deserving. I have shared your Facebook and Web site with family and friends and we all think you are marvelous at what you do!!

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  8. bobturner7

    Congratulations Jackie! This award is another confirmation that you are doing important and valued work. I am so pleased for you. Bob

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