Dec
4
Tue
Pesticides and Orcas: Making the Connection @ C & P Coffee Company
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

Pesticides and Orcas: Making the Connection

New evidence suggests that orcas are more sensitive to pesticides than we thought.

Lisa Hayward and Clement Furlong of the University of Washington Superfund Research Program (UW SRP) will present the story of a surprise discovery in genomics that suggests marine mammals may be much more vulnerable to organophosphates like chlorpyrifos than previously recognized.Their talk will cover evidence both of orcas’ vulnerability and also of their exposure in Puget Sound. Chlorpyrifos is a common pesticide recently in the news after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed a 2016 ban on it in a move later deemed illegal by a federal court. EPA appealed that decision in September and chlorpyrifos continues to be used widely on crops like wheat and apples.

About the speakers:

Lisa Hayward manages research translation for the UW SRP and has a background in endocrinology and science policy.

Clement Furlong is a principal investigator with the UW SRP and a world-renowned expert on the genetic and physiological basis of vulnerability to pesticides.

About The Whale Trail

The Whale Trail (www.thewhaletrail.org) is a series of sites to view orcas and other marine mammals from shore. Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment.

Through our current sites and signs, including two on every Washington State ferry, we reach more than 50 million people each year. The Whale Trail is currently adding new sites along the North American west coast, from California to British Columbia.

The Whale Trail is led by a core team of partners including NOAA Fisheries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Seattle Aquarium, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, the Whale Museum. Donna Sandstrom is the Founder and Executive Director. Many members of the team first met on the successful effort to return Springer, the orphaned orca, to her pod.

The Whale Trail is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered in Washington State. Join us!

 


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Apr
18
Thu
Recovering the Southern Resident Orcas: lessons learned from other populations @ C&P Coffee
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

With just 75 individuals in the population, the southern resident orcas are in danger of going extinct. Is it too late? What can we learn from recovering other marine mammal populations, that will help J, K and L pods?

Dr. Tim Ragen will review the status of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population and then review conservation efforts for other marine mammals to highlight lessons learned and relevant to killer whale conservation.

About the Speaker

Tim Ragen earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, California in 1990. His dissertation focused on field and modeling studies of the northern fur seal. After earning his degree he completed a National Research Council Associateship at the U.S. National Marine Mammal Laboratory, where he continued modeling studies of the northern fur seal.

In 1991 he joined the Honolulu Laboratory of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, where he worked in the Hawaiian monk seal recovery program. In 1997 he took a management position as the Steller sea lion recovery coordinator for the Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service. There his work focused primarily on indirect interactions between the endangered Steller sea lion and the Alaska groundfish fisheries.

In 2000 he moved to Washington, D.C., to serve as Scientific Program Director for the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. In 2006 he was appointed the Commissions Executive Director. He retired from that position in June 2013 and currently lives in Anacortes, WA.


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Apr
20
Sat
Duwamish Alive Fair and Orca Earth Day @ Terminal 107 Park
Apr 20 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Duwamish Alive Fair and Orca Earth Day @ Terminal 107 Park | Seattle | Washington | United States

Celebrate Earth Day at this historic and environmentally significant site on the Duwamish river. Learn about  the connection between orcas, salmon and the river at this fair organized by the Duwamish River Coalition.

Come for the cleanup, stay for the fair! Stop by Terminal 107 for the opening program or stay all day for family friendly activities and fun! When you’re done visiting the fair, cross the street to the Duwamish Longhouse to learn of the Duwamish Tribe’s history and culture.

Note: The Whale Trail won’t be able to participate this year. We’ll be there in spirit!

Opening Ceremony Schedule at T107

James Rassmusen, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition as MC
9:30-9:35 am— Duwamish Tribal Welcome Cecile Hansen,
9:36-9:40 am—Chris Wilke from Puget Sounkeeper Alliance
9:41-9:45 am—Port Representative Fred Felleman
9:50-10:00 am—Paulina Lopez, DRCC

If you want to help…
From the Duwamish Alive! organizers:

Duwamish Alive! is a watershed wide effort in improving the health of our salmon by restoring their habitat which provides food, shelter and cool, clean water that salmon need.  Starting at 10:00 am volunteers will be restoring native habitat on Saturday, April 20th in multiple urban parks and open spaces from Seattle to Auburn in the ongoing effort to keep our river alive and healthy for our communities, salmon and the Puget Sound.

Duwamish Alive! is a collaborative stewardship effort of conservation groups, businesses, and government entities, recognizing that our collective efforts are needed to make lasting, positive improvements in the health and vitality of the Green-Duwamish Watershed. Twice a year these events organize hundreds of volunteers to work at multiple sites in the river’s watershed, connecting the efforts of communities from Auburn to Seattle.

May
16
Thu
Celebrate Orca Legislation and Puget Sound Orca Update with Mark Sears @ C&P Coffee Company
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Last week Governor Jay Inslee signed five bills to protect southern resident orcas. The new laws will reduce vessel noise and disturbance, improve salmon habitat, reduce contaminants, provide protection from oil spills, and educate boaters.

The Canadian Government also announced new measures to protect orcas including establishing feeding sanctuaries for and setting a distance setback of 400 yards for all vessels. A good week for the whales!

Join us to celebrate a new era in orca protection, and hear an update about orca activity in Puget Sound from whale researcher Mark Sears.

Learn what’s next for orcas, the Task Force, and the Whale Trail. Help us keep the momentum going!

Come early and mingle. Doors open at 6:15. Hope to see you there!

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May
23
Thu
Orcas- the Ocean’s Greatest Predator, presented by the Seattle Aquarium @ Seattle Aquarium
May 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium’s website:

“Learn about the fascinating history of our human relationship to orcas, the majestic—and critically endangered—icons of the Salish Sea. Jason M. Colby, author of Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator, will share stories about the sad era when orcas were trapped and killed, how our perception of them was dramatically transformed, and why it’s vitally important to preserve their dwindling population.

Moderated by Jeff Renner. Audience participation encourages lively dialogue. At the Seattle Aquarium, in the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall.

Doors open at 7pm; admission includes a reception with light refreshments.

Tickets: Aquarium members $10; general admission $15″

Jun
15
Sat
Orca Day at Cape Disappointment State Park @ Cape Disappointment State Park - Waikiki Beach Amphitheater
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join  The Whale Trail and Washington State Parks  for the first annual “Orca Day” to educate people about the Southern Resident Orca Whale population. The free, family-friendly event will take place June 15, at Cape Disappointment State Park, located on the Long Beach Peninsula. The day will include kids’ activities from 1-4 p.m., and an evening presentation at 7 p.m. at the park’s Waikiki Amphitheater, 244 Robert Gray Drive Ilwaco. (Driving directions.)

The evening program features John Calambokidis from Cascadia Research and The Whale Trail’s Donna Sandstrom. Port of Ilwaco  Commissioner Butch Smith will introduce the featured speakers.

The event is co-sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The afternoon activities and evening lecture will educate and inspire attendees with stories and facts about J, K and L pods along with an update on gray whales. Visitors to the interpretive Whale Trail can view many types of whales and marine mammals from shore. The trail spans from California to British Columbia, and Cape Disappointment State Park is one of 100 sites along the trail.

The southern resident orcas are endangered and could go extinct in as few as 100 years. Comprising just 76 individuals, the population is nearing its historical low of 71. Sandstrom, Smith and a representative from Washington State Parks serve on Gov. Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task Force. In November 2018, the task force recommended 36 actions to recover the southern residents.

Hope to see you there!

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The Whale Trail inspires appreciation and stewardship of orcas, other marine mammals and the marine environment by identifying a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails through the Salish Sea and along the Pacific Coast. From 16 inaugural sites in Washington State, the trail now includes more than 100 sites from British Columbia to Southern California. The Whale Trail has its roots in a rare conservation success—the successful return of the orphaned orca, Springer. Our vision is a fully recovered Southern Resident orca population thriving in a healthy sea for generations to come. www.thewhaletrail.org
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissionmanages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.  
Jun
21
Fri
Celebrate Orcas and Whale Trail Sign Dedication @ Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join the community celebration as we dedicate a new Whale Trail sign at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline, which is a part of many events happening during Orca Action Month.  The dedication celebration is free and open to the community. 

The family-friendly program includes the following speakers:
Ken Workman, Duwamish Tribe and great, great, great, great grandson of Chief Seattle
Mayor Will Hall
Representative Ryu
Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries
Donna Sandstrom, The Whale Trail
Rein Attemann, Washington Environmental Council

The Whale Trail is a series of 100 locations across four states and two countries where you can see whales, dolphins, or other marine mammals from shore. Whale Trail sites are in city, county, state, and national parks and tribal lands. The Whale Trail signs provide a simple and convenient way to educate the public of and promote shore based whale watching.

June is Orca Action Month! www.orcamonth.com. Orca Action Month is a chance to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic species and to take action for their survival and recovery. There are now just 75 resident orcas left in the Salish Sea. We know that when our orcas are in trouble, so is the Salish Sea.

Orca Action Month will serve up a whole host of family-friendly events throughout the Salish Sea region and beyond that are fun, educational, action-oriented, energy-rich, and that show individuals the actions they can take to support recovery of these magnificent creatures. Hungry for Change is the theme for this year’s Orca Action Month. Like the orcas themselves, we are hungry for change to create a better home for them.  

For full listing of happenings, sponsors, orca poster contest, visit www.orcamonth.com.

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Sep
19
Thu
Erich Hoyt, ORCA TOUR 2019 SEATTLE @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for this rare Seattle appearance by internationally-renowned author and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt to celebrate the newly released 5th edition of his classic book, Orca the Whale Called Killer and to learn how his efforts to protect marine mammal habitats worldwide might support the conservation of orcas in the North Pacific, including the endangered southern resident orcas.

Orca: The Whale Called Killer charts Erich Hoyts adventures and conservation work which began with killer whales off the B.C. coast and was followed by two decades of orca research in Kamchatka, Russia.

As co-chair of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force and policy lead for the Healthy Seas program of the U.K.-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Erich co-directs a 10-year project to map the habitats for 130 species of marine mammals across the world’s oceans. His book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises has helped set the standard for marine biodiversity conservation work.

The talk will be followed by a book signing and Q&A. Erich’s books will be for sale at the event.

This is one of three stops on Orca Tour 2019. Other talks will be held in Friday Harbor 9/24 co-presented by the Whale Museum, and Saturna Island 9/28 co-presented by Saturn Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES). Erich’s Seattle talk is sponsored by Sound Community Bank, Orca Running, and Dr. Pete Schroeder DVM.

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Sep
22
Sun
Volunteer for the Orca Half Marathon @ Don Armeni Park
Sep 22 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

We are excited to share the news that the Orca Half half marathon along the shores of West Seattle on Sunday, September 22 will benefit The Whale Trail! The race starts at Lincoln Park and finishes at Don Armeni Boat Launch. 

As the charity partner of the Orca Half, we are in need of volunteers to help staff the race, the Whale Trail booth and Mike, the inflatable orca from NOAA. Are you game to help raise funds and educate runners and their families about The Whale Trail and the southern residents? We would love your help on Sunday, September 22!

The event schedule will be approxmately from 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., depending on where volunteers are stationed.  We need assistance with set up/take down, race aid stations, Mike the Orca and the Whale Trail booth. Join us Sunday, September 22 to raise awareness about The Whale Trail and cheer on the race participants!

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  • Email Emily Crawford at Emily@luminositypr.com  you have questions or a specific role you would like to play.
  • You can also sign up directly on the Orca Halfwebsite – be sure to note that you are a Whale Trail volunteer! 

 

Thank you!

Sep
24
Tue
Erich Hoyt, ORCA TOUR 2019 Friday Harbor @ Friday Harbor Yacht Club
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for this rare northwest appearance by internationally-renowned author and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt to celebrate the newly released 5th edition of his classic book, Orca the Whale Called Killer and to learn how his efforts to protect marine mammal habitats worldwide might support the conservation of orcas in the North Pacific, including the endangered southern resident orcas.

Orca: The Whale Called Killer charts Erich Hoyts adventures and conservation work which began with killer whales off the B.C. coast and was followed by two decades of orca research in Kamchatka, Russia.

As co-chair of the IUCN Marine Mammal Protected Areas Task Force and policy lead for the Healthy Seas program of the U.K.-based Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Erich co-directs a 10-year project to map the habitats for 130 species of marine mammals across the world’s oceans. His book Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises has helped set the standard for marine biodiversity conservation work.

The talk will be followed by a book signing and Q&A. Erich’s books will be for sale at the event.

See organizer the Whale Museum for tickets.

This is one of three stops on Orca Tour 2019 co-hosted by The Whale Trail. Other talks will be held in Seattle Harbor 9/19, and Saturna Island 9/28 co-presented by Saturn Island Marine Research and Education Society (SIMRES).
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