February 16, 2013
Orca Talk 2/21: SRKW and The Road To Recovery, with Lynne Barre
It has been almost 8 years since the Southern Resident Killer Whales (J, K and L pods) were listed as endangered. How are they doing? What progress has been made towards their recovery? What can we do to help?
Join us for this informal and informative talk featuring Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries. Learn what NOAA and its partners are doing to conserve and protect these iconic and beloved whales, including current research, management approaches and population updates.
Lynne is a Branch Chief in the Protected Resources Division at NOAA. She worked on the endangered listing of the Southern Residents, designated critical habitat, and developed and finalized the SRKW Recovery Plan.
As part of the recovery program, Lynne developed an oil spill response plan and protective regulations for killer whales in Washington. She works closely with partner organizations, including The Whale Trail, to implement recovery actions. Lynne also works on the newly listed rockfish species and coordinates with Puget Sound salmon recovery.
We’ll also hear updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters.org) and Laura James (tox-ick.org).
This the second in an “Orca Talk” series, hosted by The Whale Trail at C&P Coffee. 5621 California Ave SW in West Seattle. Cost: $5 suggested donation, kids free. Advance tickets available at brownpapertickets.com.
Buy tickets now – see you there!
Donna Sandstrom has been interested in orcas since 1982, when she moved to Seattle. She saw her first orca from the deck of the Gikumi in Johnstone Strait in 1985.
Over the next years she produced events like OrcaFest 1995, and a symposium "Lolita Come Home" in 1996. She is expert at bringing diverse people together to achieve a common goal, a skill honed during her 14 years in software development at Adobe Systems.
In 2002, Donna was part of the effort to return Springer, an orphaned orca, to her pod and native waters on the north end of Vancouver Island. The project is the only successful orca rehabilitation in history. In July 2013, Springer was seen with her first calf!
Inspired by Springer's success, and alarmed at the plight of the southern resident orcas, Donna started The Whale Trail in 2008. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. 206.919.5397