Ridgely Kelly & Josiah Utsch

International A-Team Members

 

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Name:  Ridgely Kelly & Josiah Utsch, Nautilus Conservation

Current Age:  12

Years Active: 2

Website:  www.savethenautilus.com

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Email:    ridgelykelly@mac.com

Location: Maine, USA

Greatest Event or Award:    Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Primary Campaign: Conservation of the Chambered Nautilus

Education Efforts: website, speaking events, news stories

Funds Raised to Date: $20,000

 

 

Bio:

"My name is Ridgely Kelly and Im 12.   In 2011 my friend Josiah read an article in the New York Times about how the chambered nautilus was being caught and sold as jewelry. He and his mom wanted to help so they looked for a place to donate money but soon discovered that there was none. He called me and asked me if I wanted to help. I have loved nautilus all my life and quickly agreed. I started by designing a logo for what we called Save The Nautilus. Thats when the journey began."

"Save The Nautilus is devoted to creating awareness about the overfishing of the chambered nautilus. Many people have never heard of a nautilus let alone know that they could be endangered. Josiah and I created a website, savethenautilus.com, to raise awareness and collect donations. We have also been selling shirts and note cards with a picture of the nautilus that I drew. All the money that we have collected from donations, cards, stickers, and shirts go directly to Dr. Wards research to help pay for underwater cameras and other equipment. Our money is going to research because the world knows so little about the chambered nautilus. Dr. Ward is determined to document the nautilus population in different areas. "

"If we get this data then we could possibly get the nautilus listed on CITIES, which could control the trade of nautilus shells or even make catching them illegal. Spreading the word helps because even though nautilus fishing continues, more people understand these creatures. They might think twice when buying nautilus shell jewelry or selling it in their store. Even the smallest thing can help change the world. Josiah and I hope one day to see a world without people massacring a creature thats been around since before the dinosaurs. We want people to recognize the chambered nautilus beauty without killing it first. "

"In the fall of 2012, we journeyed to Seattle to meet Dr. Ward and present the $10,000 we had collected. When Dr. Wards team went to American Samoa, Josiah and I traveled across the Pacific ocean to join them and see what was going on in the field. It was a great experience! We learned lots of new things and helped build the traps that Dr. Ward used to catch nautilus without harming them. In the Philippines the nautilus have been horribly overfished and we didnt know what to expect in American Samoa. We were very happy when multiple nautilus were caught and many spotted. There are   more places that need to be sampled in the Pacific and Indian oceans, and we hope to go to Palau this February."

"Josiah and I have done a lot of interviews to help spread the word and we are still collecting donations. In September, we were awarded The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes which came with $5,000, bringing our total raised for Save the Nautilus to $20,000. We feel great doing this and will keep working towards our goal of making the world a better place."

Our logo:

SaveTheNautilus logo

 

 

American Samoa - an island just north of New Zealand, near Austrailia.
American Samoa

 

Josiah & Ridgely inspect a live nautilus.

Josiah & Ridgely inspect a live nautilus.

US Fish and Wildlife Service article about the boy's efforts to Save the Nautilus:

"KIds get Creative to Save Wildlife", May 8, 2013

 

Live Nautilus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josiah & Ridgely presenting onstage

Josiah & Ridgely presenting onstage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josiah & Ridgely

Ridgely & Josiah with Dr. Ward's Nautilus research team in American Somoa.

Ridgely & Josiah with Dr. Ward's Nautilus research team in American Somoa

Building live-traps for Nautilus at research station on American Somoa.

Building live-traps for Nautilus at research station on American Somoa.

 


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