Watching Orcas at Point Robinson (Mark Sears, Permit 21348)
Big brother J44 babysitting J53, photo by Mark Sears, Permit 21348
Spyhopping Resident (Mark Sears, Permit 21348)
Breaching SRKW by M Sears Permit 16163-01
K Pod in Puget Sound 2018, M Sears Permit 21348
J26 in Puget Sound (Mark Sears, Permit 21348)
Celebrate the Return of the Southern Residents to Central Puget Sound
Throughout December With a Welcome Sign, Poem or Story
Color and display a welcome sign in your window. Use the downloadable template, or make your own. Display the sign in your window and share on social media with #welcometheorcas.
Download the templates by clicking on the images below.
Clickto view and download a poster to print and color.
Write a poem or share your story. Share what the orcas mean to you, and your hopes for their future. Do you have a favorite orca, or orca story? We want to hear about it!
K-2nd grade, 3-5th grade, 6-8thgrade, 9-12thgrade, Adults.
Prizes are non-monetary. Winners will be notified and announced in January 2021.
You can upload your poem or story using the forms below, or mail it to us at The Whale Trail, 6523 California Ave SW, #410, Seattle WA 98136.
Poetry Submittal Form – Clickto submit your poem
Take a picture of your welcome sign and tag it #welcometheorcas.
If you live near a Whale Trail site, show us what you see!
Be sure to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow all other COVID restrictions.
The southern resident orca population consists fo 3 pods: J Pod, K pod and L pod. From a high of 98 animals in 1996, the population has declined precipitously, to a current near-historical low of 74 individuals. In one human generation we’ve brought them to the edge of extinction, through threats that are all human-caused.
In 2019 Governor Inslee’s Task Force recommended 49 actions to recover the southern residents by increasing prey availability, reducing toxin accumulations and reducing noise and disturbance.
The recent birth of two new calves, with more on the way, is a ray of hope for these beloved and iconic pods. Join with us to welcome the orcas and commit to making the Salish Sea a place that can sustain them again. We can’t wait to see your signs and read your poems and stories!