The Core Team

The Whale Trail is steered by a unique collaboration of government and state agencies, and environmental and educational non-profit organizations. The core team members are as follows:

The team first assembled in January 2008, and meets monthly. The Whale Trail would not be possible without them!

  • Many members of the team first met when they worked together on the project to return Springer (A-73), the orphaned orca, to her pod and native waters on the north end of Vancouver Island.

Springer (A-73) in Seattle. Photo by Mark Sears

Project Leadership

The project was founded and is led by Donna Sandstrom, an experienced project and team manager with over 14 years experience in software development, and a lifelong commitment to the orcas. Alarmed at the endangered status of the southern resident orcas, and inspired by the collaborative success of the Springer project, she left software in 2007, and started The Whale Trail the next year. 

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