Springer in Puget Sound 2002, Photo by Mark Sears

Twelve years ago, the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) was discovered in Puget Sound – lost, alone, and 300 miles away from home. Five months later, she was rescued, rehabilitated, and returned to her pod near the north end of Vancouver Island. In July 2013, she was seen with her first calf! The project is the only successful orca reintroduction in history.
 
Why did this project succeed while others have failed? What did we learn from the Springer project that can help orcas today?
 
Join us to hear the true story of how Springer went home, from researchers and organizers who were part of the project team. Help us celebrate the 12th anniversary of this historic undertaking, and the little whale who changed our lives!
 
This is the first Orca Talk of 2014, hosted by The Whale Trail in West Seattle. 

The event also features updates from Robin Lindsay (Seal Sitters), and Diver Laura James (tox-ick.org and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance).
 
Celebrate Springer 2014! The true story of how an orphaned orca went home.
Presentation by Mark Sears and Donna Sandstrom
Thursday January 30, 2013, 7 -9 PM,
C&P Coffee, 5612 California Ave SW, Seattle WA 98136
$5 suggested donation, kids free.
Tickets available brownpapertickets.com
Presented by The Whale Trail
 
Buy tickets ahead of time and we’ll save you a seat! And hurry – this will likely sell out.
 
About the Presenters
Mark Sears has been studying and documenting whales in this area for over 30 years. He was the first researcher to confirm the sighting of the young whale, and monitored Springer daily while she was in Puget Sound. 
 
As part of the Orphan Orca Fund, Donna Sandstrom led community efforts to generate in-kind donations and support for the project. In 2007, she co-authored a teaching curriculum for NOAA Fisheries based on Springer’s story, and has also organized 5- and 10- year reunions for the project team. Donna is the founder/director of The Whale Trail, continuing and extending the partnerships formed during the Springer project.