Celebrate Springer 2017!

In January 2002, a young female orca was spotted in Puget Sound near the north end of Vashon Island. Springer (A-73) was lost, alone, and 300 miles away from home. Over the next six months she was rescued, rehabilitated and returned to Blackfish Sound on the north end of Vancouver Island. Her grandmother, aunts and cousins came to pick her up less than 24 hours after she was returned!

Springer in Seattle

Fifteen years later, Springer is thriving. In 2013, she had her first calf, Spirit! It’s the only successful orca reunion in history, and it happened because we learned how to work together – as organizations, individuals, agencies and nations. Above all, we put Springer’s best interest first.

The project was led by NOAA Fisheries, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the Vancouver Aquarium. Community members played a key role in determining Springer’s fate. Seven nonprofits joined together to form the Orphan Orca Fund, and supported the project with fundraising and in-kind donations.

Join us for this special event featuring Springer’s Story – a presentation narrated by members of Springer’s team, followed by a performance of the Le La La Dance group – First Nations dancers who welcomed Springer home.

Welcome Home Baby Orca

Hear first hand stories of how Springer went home, and learn what you can do to help save our endangered southern resident orcas today.

Later, join us at Point Robinson to dedicate our newest Whale Trail sign in Washington, with the help of the Le La La dancers. Don’t miss this!

When: Saturday May 20, 1 PM
Where: Vashon Theater, 17723 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon Island
$10 General Admission, $5 Kids under 12
Advance Tickets: www.vashontheatre.com

Springer and Spirit July 2013, photo by Graeme Ellis DFO

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