June 15, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Cape Disappointment State Park - Waikiki Beach Amphitheater
244 Robert Gray Dr
Ilwaco, WA 98624
Donna Sandstrom

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.