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Here’s where you’ll find news about orcas, marine mammals and the marine environment, from around the Pacific Northwest, and the world.

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Newest Whale Trail Sign

LHP-2The newest Whale Trail sign was recently installed in West Vancouver BC! Congratulations to Bailey Eagan of the BC Cetacean Sighting Network (BCCSN) and everyone involved. This is the fourth of five signs funded by a grant from Mountain Equipment Coop to BCCSN – The Whale Trail BC is well underway. Thanks to everyone involved, especially the local teams!

GiveBig to The Whale Trail

On May 3, The Whale Trail is participating in Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign! Any gift received on May 3rd will be furthered by stretch dollars from the Foundation.

Click here to donate to The Whale Trail today and schedule your gift for May 3. (Or, revisit the link on Tuesday!)

GiveBig to The Whale Trail, and help us connect the west coast for the whales. Your donation will go a long way in helping us protect the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW), other marine mammals and their environment. (Read more in Director’s Blog.)

J53 in Puget Sound. Photo by Mark Sears, Research Permit 16163-01

J17 and new calf J53 in Puget Sound, 11/2015. Photo by Mark Sears, Research Permit 16163-01

 

Bruce Mate Presentation 4/21

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Celebrate Earth Day by learning about whales! Join us for this rare Seattle appearance by renowned whale researcher Bruce Mate. Bruce will demonstrate how his teams use satellite-monitored radio tags to identify critical habitats and migration routes of endangered whales to protect them. His talk will focus on western and ENP gray whales, right whales, and contemporary issues for blue whales during the last few years of warm water as examples.
 
Bruce Mate is the Director and Endowed Chair of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, and founder of Oregon’s Whale Watching Spoken Here program.
 
Bruce’s talk is hosted by The Whale Trail, and co-sponsored by Seal Sitters and the American Cetacean Society Puget Sound Chapter.
 
“How We Save Whales from Space”
Presentation by Bruce Mate
When: Thursday April 21, 7 PM – 8:30
–Doors open 6:15
Where: Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle WA
Cost: $10, $5 Kids under 12
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
 
About the Speaker
 

Bruce Mate is a leader in the development of satellite-monitored radio telemetry for marine mammals. Using this technique, he has tagged and tracked manatees, pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins, gray whales, right whales, bowhead whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales and blue whales. This work has led to the discovery of previously unknown migration routes and seasonal distributions (wintering and summering areas), as well as descriptions of diving behavior to better understand feeding effort. 

His research primarily focuses on endangered whale species whose distributions, movements, and critical habitats (for feeding, breeding, and migration) are unknown for much of the year. Decision makers use this valuable information to manage human activities that may jeopardize the recovery of endangered whale populations, such as moving shipping lanes for North Atlantic right whales.

In 2010 and 2011, Bruce Mate’s team used satellite telemetry to track three critically endangered western gray whales from their feeding grounds in Russia to join the eastern Pacific gray whale migration to Baja California. The findings shed new light on the interactions of these populations, and have profound implications for their long-term management and conservation.

 

New sign at Wild Pacific Rim Trail

Our latest sign was unveiled last weekend along the Wild Pacific Rim Trail in Uclulet BC. This 9-km trail meanders along the dramatic and beautiful west coast of Vancouver Island—a great place to watch whales, and storms! The Whale Trail sign is located at Amphitrite Point, offering good views of gray whales on their annual migration. You might also see otters, seals and occasionally, orcas.

Lance Barrett-Lennard van-aquarium and Jess Edwards strawberry Isle at new whaletrail sign-2016

New Whale Trail Sign on the Wild Pacific Rim Trail with Dr. Lance Barrett-Lenard (Vancouver Aquarium) and Jessica Edwards (Strawberry Isle Research)

As you travel the Trail, you’ll learn about different aspects of cultural and natural history from signs along the way. It’s an immersive, inspiring experience—the Wild Pacific Rim Trail was voted the number one tourist attraction in BC by Trip Advisor! 

The Whale Trail sign was funded by Mountain Coop, though a grant with the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network. The Whale Trail  and the Sightings Network teams would together like to thank Barbara Schramm from the Wild Pacific Rim Society, Jessica Edwards from Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society, and everyone who helped bring our trails together! 

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries