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“SRKW: Species in the Spotlight” presentation by Lynne Barre 12/15

Join us for the first Orca Talk of 2016/17, featuring a presentation by Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries.

Last year NOAA launched the Species in the Spotlight initiative focused on stabilizing the populations of eight  endangered species at very high risk of extinction. Southern Residents are one of the Species in the Spotlight.  

With this effort NOAA is marshaling resources and focusing on partnerships to turn around the decline towards extinction and support conservation of endangered species. Lynne will highlight some recent recovery and conservation efforts for Southern Resident killer whales called for in the Species in the Spotlight Action Plan.

Buy tickets early to reserve your seat. And hurry! This will likely sell out.


Upcoming Events

Run for the whales, and The Whale Trail! Join us September 25 on Alki Beach in West Seattle. The Whale Trail is the beneficiary of the Orca Run, a 1/2 marathon event. The 13.1 mile course follows the West Seattle shoreline from Seacrest Marina to Lincoln Park, passing 4 Whale Trail sites along the way! The Orca Run is part of Seattle Summer Parkways, a festival that goes from 11 AM to 4 PM.

  • Sign up now to run, walk or volunteer.
  • Or just come to cheer on the runners, learn about orcas, and help us keep an eye out for the SRKW! Learn more here.  
  • And thanks to our partners at for selecting The Whale Trail to be the charity partner for this first-ever event. We are grateful!

Saturday, August 20th we’re participating in the Duwamish River Festival. Join us as we bring the whales to the river, and connect the story of the salmon and the orcas. Learn more here.


Tuesday August 23 we are hosting a volunteer meeting.  Join us at C&P Coffee to celebrate the last days of summer, and to plan a great year ahead along The Whale Trail.  Bring your ideas, your calendar, and your passion for the whales. More info here.



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


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