A letter from Meghann:

Greetings to all of you!

VSI is so excited to share our new logo – based a piece of a mural painted by dear friend and former student Judy Buhlert. for over three decades the following mural has graced the wall in the classroom just over the whiteboard (though when I was a kid, it was a dark green chalkboard!). We’ve combined the frigate silhouette, the iconic vermilion sun rising over the sea, and the graphic talents of wonderful friends to create the our new VSI logo.

VSFS mural

My family and I have been overwhelmed with greetings and reminiscent memories of people who visited months, years, or decades ago. We are truly blessed to be able to share in the experiences of each group who visits. We thank you for leaving a piece of yourself here with us, and we hope that this place still occupies a special place in your heart – wherever you find yourself today.

We will again be hosting an open house over the new year where we will enjoy the bay, eachother’s company, and a bit of hard work as we work to revitalize and revive the field station. If you can spare any amount of money to support our winter revitalization efforts, it will be very appreciated, and will be put to good use. A little goes a long way in Baja, and we will make the most of every dollar received.

If you would like to visit and lend a helping hand this New Year’s, please let us know. It will be our pleasure to see you again and if there is interest, we can help coordinate a van and caravan. You are also welcome to show up and stay a night or several. We’ll be here! Just shoot us a message to and we’ll follow up with you.

Please keep in touch. Your reflections fuel and inspire our work just as much as every dollar donation does.





Meghann McDonald

The Vermilion Sea Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations are 100% tax-deductible in the U.S.

JavaScript is not enabled. You must enable JavaScript to use this form.

Donation Information

I would like to make a donation in the amount of:


I would like this donation to repeat each month

Tribute Gift

Check here to donate in honor or memory of someone

Donor Information

Please do not display my name.

Add me to your mailing list

Donor Address

Our donation process is fully encrypted to ensure all personal and financial information is kept safe & secure. Click “Check” above if you prefer an offline method of donating.


support VSI with your amazon purchases

In addition to supporting us here now, you can actually Opt In to our Amazon Smile program for free!

– Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the VSI.

– AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

– Support your charitable organization by always starting at

Please drag this: to your browser bookmark bar to ensure that Amazon will donate a portion of its revenue to the Vermilion Sea institute.