The Whale Trail presents the first-ever Orca Steward Training. Learn all about orcas, issues impacting them, and what you can do to help. Become an Orca Steward, and help us turn the tide for the whales!
|Orca Steward Training
A half-day workshop for the general public, featuring:
- Orca ABCs – Cindy Hansen, Whale Museum
- Killer Whale Management and Recovery – Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries
- West Seattle Orca Sightings – Mark Sears, Orca Researcher
- What We Can Do To Help the Orcas – Franziska McKay, People for Puget Sound
|When: Saturday, June 11, 2011, 10 AM – 2:30 PM
|Where: Alki Community Center, 5817 SW Stevens St, Seattle, 98116
|Cost: FREE. Pre-registration required at Brown Paper Tickets
Attendance is limited; sign up early!
Puget Sound is home to three pods of orcas (J, K and L pods). These beloved and iconic marine mammals were listed as Endangered in 2005. Threats contributing to their decline include lack of prey, toxin accumulations, and stress and noise from vessel impacts. If current trends continue or worsen, they could go extinct in as little as 100 years.
Residents of the Puget Sound region have a tremendous impact on whether the orcas will make it. This pilot program will teach how individuals can make a difference for the whales, the Sound, and the marine life that it sustains.
As part of the program, participants will be encouraged to make a commitment to one or more specific stewardship actions, especially focused on stormwater management.
Starting with the West Seattle community, our goal is to offer the Orca Steward Training Program in communities around the region, creating a network of people making positive changes for the orcas and the Sound.
The event is open to all ages.
This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.