To celebrate the return of the southern resident orcas, and the recent award of a City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Grant, we’re hosting two events in November: OrcaFest 2010 (co-hosted with Killer Whale Tales), and a presentation by Brad Hanson, NOAA Fisheries.

OrcaFest 2010 – Event will feature storytelling, kid’s activities, a performance by the Duwamish dance group T’ilibshudub (“Singing Feet”), and art created by local schoolchildren. Participants include The Whale Trail, Killer Whale Tales, NOAA Fisheries, the Seattle Aquarium, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, and the American Cetacean Society (Puget Sound Chapter). Co-sponsored by The Whale Trail and Killer Whale Tales.
When: Sunday, November 7, from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Alki Bathhouse, 2701 Alki Ave SW, West Seattle
Cost: FREE

In Search of Spew, Poo and Goo: Learning about Orcas from What They Leave in Their Wake – Brad Hanson, NOAA Fisheries, will present new findings about the diet of the southern resident orcas, based on prey and fecal samples collected in Puget Sound. This data is critical to the recovery of the population, which was listed as Endangered in 2005. Presented by The Whale Trail.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 10, from 7-9 p.m.
WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle
COST: $5; advance tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets or purchase at door

In October each year, the southern residents (J, K and L pods) begin their seasonal forays into Puget Sound, where they spend up to two days, a few times each month. From samples collected in the orcas’ wake, Brad and other researchers are able to determine what the orcas are eating.

Brad will discuss these innovative research techniques, what we are learning from the data they yield, and what it means for the orcas’ long-term recovery. This is the first time the Puget Sound results have been presented. Join us for this fascinating and timely talk, and be the first to hear what the research is showing.

About the Presenter

Brad Hanson joined the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in April of 2003. Previously, Brad worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA. Brad received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he worked on the development of improved tag attachment systems for small cetaceans. He also holds an M.S. in Fisheries from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Zoology also from the University of Washington. Brad is an ecologist and is currently studying foraging and habitat use of Southern Resident killer whales and health assessment of harbor and Dall’s porpoises.

Hope to see you there!



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