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Blog: Why Does Whale Scout Director Want to Name a Park after a Fish? The Answer is Probably Not What You Think.

Whale Scout volunteers teach that protecting whales starts before waters reach the ocean near our homes and backyards. Director Whitney Neugebauer's backyard happens to be in Bothell where the city recently purchased an 89- acre golf course turning the land into a public park with nearly a mile of Sammamish River shoreline. Home to Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, there is an obvious connection between the park and orcas - but a city park is more than just about the wildlife, its about people, too.

Tribes, Whale Scout work together to restore Elwha River estuary for salmon, orcas following dam removal

Whale conservation group Whale Scout and students from the Port Gamble S'Klallam and Suquamish Tribes attending the Northwest Indian College last Saturday planted 800 beach plants on the east side of the mouth of the Elwha River.

Helpin’ Out Maury Island Marine Park 3/24

Come plant native trees at a scenic, waterfront park, on Maury Island! Located a short ferry ride from Seattle or Tacoma, the Maury Island Marine Park boasts more than one mile of undeveloped shoreline. The trees we will plant will help stabilize the steep sloping terrain which was once mined for gravel. This will restore nearshore processes of sediment and organic matter input helping forage fish and juvenile salmon to grow up and become orca food.

Helpin’ Out Idylwood Creek 2/24

Come enjoy doing restoration work in Idylwood Park just off of West Sammamish Parkway in Redmond. Idylwood Creek runs through the park and is a salmon spawning stream! We'll be planting within the park.

FULL! Helpin’ Out the Elwha River 1/27

FULL! Come plant at the mouth of the Elwha River on the newly created beach! Since the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, enormous amounts of sediment released downstream to build the beach along this important estuary. The sediment gives eelgrass a surface to grow and also provides shelter for juvenile salmon to adjust and grow before entering the open ocean. The natural sediments on the beach are also where forage fish lay their eggs. An entire ecosystem that feeds endangered killer whales thrives in this newly created place! We'll be planting herbaceous beach plants, spreading seeds and pulling invasive species to help the natural restoration!

David Bain In Studio Celebrating 40 Years of Killer Whale Research!

David Bain celebrates 40 years of killer whale research sharing his stories, challenges, and hopes for endangered Southern Resident killer whales.

Jeanette Dorner Talks Salmon and Killer Whales 12/7/17

Let's learn about salmon together. In order to protect killer whales in Puget Sound we must understand what's threatening our salmon and take action. Jeanette Dorner from Mid Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group will be joining us on this and future podcasts to help everyone learn more about salmon.