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Whale Trail Winter Gathering

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With the loss of J-32, the southern resident orcas are down to just 77 individuals. Join us Dec 17 for this seasonal gathering to share our concern for and connection to the southern resident orcas.

Bring your ideas, your passion and your good energy. We’ll provide snacks, speakers, and tools to get involved. Researcher Mark Sears will share photos from recent encounters with J K and L pods in Puget Sound. Seal Sitters and Diver Laura James will be there too.

Together we’ll find light in the dark for the whales.

  • What: Whale Trail Winter Gathering
  • When: Wednesday December 17, 6:30 to 9 PM
  • Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136
  • Cost: $5, kids free
  • Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com

Get tickets soon! This will likely sell out. 

Loss of another Southern Resident Orca

J-32 (Rhapsody), an 18-year old member of the southern resident population, has died. The young orca was found dead near Courtenay BC. It is presumed she died within the last 24 hours. A necropsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

This brings the total SRKW community down to just 77 individuals, and the number of breeding females to 15. Rhapsody’s death is a devastating loss for this endangered population.

More from Chek news:

http://www.cheknews.ca/killer-whale-washes-up-on-shore-update/

Next Orca Talk 11/11 with Dawn Noren

 
Cover, NOAA 10-yr Status Report on Recovery of SRKW (NOAA Fisheries)

Cover, NOAA 10-yr Status Report on Recovery of SRKW (NOAA Fisheries)

In the early 2000s, citizens and researchers in Puget Sound grew increasingly concerned about the health of the southern resident killer whales. In 2003, NOAA began a research and conservation program to better understand and protect these animals. In 2005, the population was listed as endangered. Down to just 78 individuals today, what does their future hold?

This talk will highlight results from research that has investigated risk factors and data gaps associated with the Southern Resident Killer Whale population as well as how the results are critical to informing management actions. Studies conducted by NOAA, collaborators, and partners over the past 10 years as well as areas of current and future research will be discussed.

Join us to hear the very latest about the southern resident orcas from a scientist whose research is critical to their recovery. 

 

Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales: 10 Years of Research and Recovery Efforts
 
Presentation by Dawn Noren, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
 
When: Tuesday November 11, 7 – 8:30 pm.
 
–doors open at 6:15
 
Where: C&P Coffee Company, 5612 California Ave SW
 
Cost: $5 suggested donation; kids free
 
Advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com
 
Presented by The Whale Trail

This is the second in a new series of Orca Talks hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. The event also features updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org). Buy tickets early to reserve your seat!

Cover, NOAA 10-yr Status Report on Recovery of SRKW (NOAA Fisheries)

About the Speaker


Dawn Noren is a physiological ecologist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. She studies killer whale energetics and the potential impacts of vessel presence on Southern Resident killer whale behavior and energetics. In order to assess this, she collects behavioral data from Southern Resident killer whales in the San Juan Islands using a focal follow approach. 
 
In addition, she conducts energetics studies on trained bottlenose dolphins to determine the metabolic costs associated with the performance of specific behaviors and changes in sound production that have been attributed to vessel disturbance. Her work helps managers understand the energetic impacts to killer whales caused by frequent exposure to vessels.

Dawn’s research also includes investigating Southern Resident Killer Whale habitat use patterns in their designated summer core critical habitat, muscle biochemistry to assess diving capabilities of local harbor porpoise and several killer whale ecotypes, and contaminant transfer from female dolphins to their calves.

 
Dawn joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in May of 2003. Previously, Dawn was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory at the NOAA NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Dawn received a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation focused on elephant seal body condition, thermoregulation, and fasting physiology. She also earned an M.S. in Marine Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences with and emphasis in Marine Sciences from the University of Maryland.

Orca Talk: A Protected Zone for Orcas

Join us for the first in a new series of Orca Talks! Bruce Stedman, Executive Director of Orca Relief, will describe the key aspects of how a protected area for orcas should be developed and how it could help the SRKWs begin to recover.
 

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