The Whale Trail presents Mark Sears 1/24

We’re kicking off the new  year with a brand new speaker series in West Seattle! Join us on the 24th at C&P Coffee Company for an informative and fun evening featuring local orca researcher Mark Sears. (Details here)

Mark has been studying and documenting orcas in this area for over 30 years. (West Seattle-ites, when you see a research boat out with the orcas, Mark is usually in it!) He’ll talk about cetaceans in this area, including updates about recent orca sightings and current research focuses.

This will be a cozy and informal event at C&P Coffee Company. Our friends from Seal Sitters and will also be on hand, with information and updates. And we’ll have orca merchandise for sale too!

Learn about whales with your friends and neighbors, and support The Whale Trail too. Hope to see you there!

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  2. Raiana Golden : 19 January 2013 12:23PM

    Hi Donna – we met some weeks ago at MeeKwaMooks (sp?) – you were there spotting orcas and generously lent me binocs to join in the fun. We chatted about the Thethys Institute voluteer cetascean research in the Med. I volunteer with Seal Sitters and am wondering what kinds of volunteering opportunities Whale Trail has and what help is needed. I think what you are doing is fabulous. Thanks much, Raiana

    • donna : 30 January 2013 12:09AM

      Hi Ralana,
      Great to hear from you, and very sorry to have missed this comment until now! I remember that day watching the whales very well! And thanks so much for offering to help. Will follow up via email. (You can also reach me directly at Stay tuned!

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Donna's Bio

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 206.919.5397

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