Did you know orcas share the individual salmon they catch with their families? This often observed behavior is called “prey sharing” and gives us some insight into the social lives of killer whales. Would you be willing to share some of your heard-earned prey with Whale Scout? Seattle’s biggest giving day is May 9th
, but you can schedule a donation right now! All donations up to $2,000 will be DOUBLED thanks to a pod mate who pledged to share a big chunk of salmon with us! #SalmonForAll #givebig #
The former Wayne Golf Course is being transformed into Bothell's newest park, and some in the community are rallying behind a name honoring the salmon who swim through the city's waterways: "Redfish Park".
We're looking for volunteers to help a great program on San Juan Island! Help others learn about whales from the shores of the beautiful Westside Preserve. This program aims to turn whale watchers into stewards for the whales thanks to people like you! Come to an information session and training to get started.
Learn about why the North Creek Forest is such a treasure! Join Whale Scout with Friends of North Creek Forest for an all ages, family-friendly event! This urban forest acts like a sponge slowly releasing cool water all summer long to North Creek where Chinook salmon will be appearing in late summer! These fish will need cool water to spawn and create the next generation of orca food.
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. In addition to planting, we will be removing litter and microplastics from the beach!
Jeanette Dorner, Director of Mid-Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group, gives us an update on what's going on in Olympia regarding Atlantic salmon farming and rumors of ramping up hatchery production to provide more prey for killer whales. Whitney shares a story about a local park she is hoping the City of Bothell will name after redfish, also known as kokanee and Jeanette describes restoration projects in Lake Sammamish. Plus, more on upcoming events.
David Bain celebrates 40 years of killer whale research sharing his stories, challenges, and hopes for endangered Southern Resident killer whales.